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Why Does Honey Crystalize?

Has my honey gone bad? DOES honey go bad? These are the age old questions we ask about honey. If your beekeeper has extracted honey properly, your honey should not be spoiling. Beekeepers can tell that a honey frame is ready to be extracted when the bees have capped the honey comb with wax. The bees do this when the nectar they collect is dehydrated to form honey at a moisture content of roughly 17%. At this moisture content, honey can be extracted and bottled raw, and never spoil. If honey is extracted too early, the moisture content will be too high and the honey can ferment and cause botulism. To check the moisture content of honey, you can even purchase a refractometer and place a few dr

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