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Old 09-07-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Most of the honey available near me is wildflower, and i hear that takes a lot longer to clear than orange blossom. The cheapest i have found enough honey for an 7.5 gallon batch (the size of our carboy) is for me to buy 60 pounds for 150$ or so, online and sell the rest to the LHBS. Anyone else have other suggestions on honey to use for our first batch?

 
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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You need to buy more carboys.

Most of us pick up 60# buckets on the regular for honey instead of paying 3-4 times the cost to pick it up in smaller 5-12# jars. Of course, many of us always keep a few meads going, because waiting another year just to start a batch is wayyyyy too slow of a pipeline.


Plus, you can store honey for a while, so if you plan on doing 3 meads over the next few months - just keep the bucket and use what you need when you need it.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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If you are going to be making a lot (even spread out over time), why not buy it in bulk? People do that for grain, why not for honey?

Alternately, I JUST made a mead to try it out and haven't completely decided whether I want to dive in (I've always done beer) ... I bought my honey from Draper's Super Bee Apiaries per a beekeeper's suggestion. Seemed like pretty good honey to me & I'd recommend it. Took I think 3 days to ship to me.

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Old 09-07-2009, 09:49 PM   #4
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I use Sue Bee from SAM's...9.99 for 5#...that's $2/lb...
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:28 PM   #5
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I use this site. You can find all kinds of honey from different suppliers. I am just getting started with mead but the honey I have received so far has been great. Honey Locator - The National Honey Board

 
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:18 PM   #6
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Yeah, looks like there's a local place for 12# honey - even if it's only wildflower.

But seriously - wildflower can make some GREAT meads.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:55 PM   #7
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I use this site. You can find all kinds of honey from different suppliers. I am just getting started with mead but the honey I have received so far has been great. Honey Locator - The National Honey Board
this is how I found my hookup! 60+ lbs for 115$ even jezter cant buy enough honey.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:36 AM   #8
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Buy from a local bee keeper, I pay $15 for a gallon of honey.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:56 AM   #9
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Is it true that wildflower takes longer to clear than orange blossom?

 
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:00 AM   #10
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I dont think so... be interesting to see what the pros say tho! (i use only clover and wildflower)
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