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jwangelin 01-26-2012 01:42 AM

Is older honey usable?
 
Hi,
I have some older honey that has gotten cold and starting to seperate and harden. Is this still usable? In the past I have heated honey like this and it is quick to return to its old state. I would like to make a 1 gal batch of mead. Will I have problems with this if I use it?

Thanks in advance,
Jon

brewingmeister 01-26-2012 01:59 AM

Some kinds of honey will become crystallized after a couple months. There are others that take much longer, and a type I can't remember right now that won't crystalize at all. Putting it in some warm water should melt the crystals. In the summer I set some in the sun that had crystallized and it turned to a liquid in a day or two. Don't worry about it, the honey is fine to use.

huesmann 01-26-2012 12:57 PM

Yeah, just heat it up and it will liquify again. You'll want to heat it up to help it get runny anyway, just so it's easier to use it all.

ao125 01-26-2012 01:18 PM

From what I understand there is honey one of the only foods out there that will never go bad, if stored properly.

It can develop fungal infections if contaminated, but the "best by" dates are there because they are required by the government. It's been proven that 3000+ year old honey found in ancient Egyptian tombs is still edible.

http://www.sciensational.com/blog/2007/10/100-pure-honey-facts.html

Rivenin 01-26-2012 04:03 PM

honey will outlast all other foods :thumbup:

kc_in_wv 01-27-2012 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ao125 (Post 3708670)
. It's been proven that 3000+ year old honey found in ancient Egyptian tombs is still edible.

There was some honey found in an ancient tomb. It was still good to eat even though there was the body of a child in the container with it. The honey was tasted before the child was found.

lawpaw 01-27-2012 08:18 PM

Cold doesn't hurt honey. I freeze the honey until use to maintain aromatics.

Some honey can go bad if it truly separates during crystalization since the higher water content allows stuff to grow. That is rare and you only need to worry if part of the honey gets runny.

crazyseany 01-31-2012 03:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kc_in_wv (Post 3714106)
There was some honey found in an ancient tomb. It was still good to eat even though there was the body of a child in the container with it. The honey was tasted before the child was found.

Honey with a slight taste of chicken?

AsianMead 01-31-2012 05:50 AM

I was made raspberry melomel with 3 years old wild flower honey.
It turned out good without any heating. The first time I've seen that honey it was clear then it became to darker and sweeter with little bid sour.

fatbloke 01-31-2012 09:01 AM

It can be incorporated without heating it. Just sanitise a food processor, put some water in it and some of the honey and blitz the hell out of it.

As long as you know how much in weight of honey you use, then you can just add more water to whatever volume you want to make.

3lb per gallon is quite common, but you could try more. As long as you have taken a gravity measurement from the total volume i.e. once 3lb (or whatever) is mixed into the water up to a gallon, then measure it.

Apart from that, it should be fine.


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