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neilsdad
01-15-2012, 11:25 AM
Hello, great site!!! Was searching for data to possibly produce granulated honey when I found this site. Can someone direct me? Also, as a man who cherishes Irish Mist and the like, this forum will consume me!!! Especially when I get high-speed internet!!! Any help is appreciated. I have access to very locally produced honey[right accross the road!!!] Neilsdad

Chevette Girl
01-15-2012, 12:52 PM
You want to intentionally granulate honey? Turn it into something like surgar? What an odd notion, might I ask why?

You'll probably want to start with unpasteurized honey and let it get cold so it crystallizes, then probably not touch it until it's pretty much solidified... then I don't know, can you put a tray into a food dehydrator? Generally when I'm trying to dewater something I use gentle heat, but that'd just melt the crystals...

Or are you talking about controlled crystallization, like making creamed honey? There's plenty of info out there on how that's done.

Most of the rest of us try to keep our honey from crystallizing...

Soyala_Amaya
01-15-2012, 11:29 PM
The easiest way I've seen to crystallize honey on purpose is to seed it with already crystallized honey. Whatever size crystal you seed with is what you'll wind up with.

kudapucat
01-16-2012, 04:16 AM
This makes no sense to me... What is the process of granulation for the addition of granulated honey to encourage it?

tweak'e
01-16-2012, 04:42 AM
This makes no sense to me... What is the process of granulation for the addition of granulated honey to encourage it?

have a read up on creaming honey.

Soyala_Amaya
01-16-2012, 08:56 AM
+1 on Tweak'e. I don't know WHY it works, but apparently it does.

kudapucat
01-16-2012, 09:49 AM
+1 on Tweak'e. I don't know WHY it works, but apparently it does.

But why is all I'm interested in ;-)

Altricious
01-16-2012, 03:51 PM
Don't you remember that experiment from when you were a kid where you made rock candy?

Honey is sugar. You can make sugar crystallize by creating a supersaturated solution (oh look, honey already is that). Then, a crystal needs a starting point to form. That's why that childhood experiment had you hang a string in your sugar water. The starting point, or seed, can be another crystal or a particle of dirt or pollen. The crystals grow from there, so the more crystals there are, the faster more will grow.

We accidentally made rock candy with some home made maple syrup once. It was yummy.

kudapucat
01-16-2012, 03:56 PM
Ahh this makes sense, just like hail needs dust or bacteria as a nucleus about which to form.
Cheers for the explanation, I hadn't really thought of it as crystals, despite the term crystallisation.

Altricious
01-16-2012, 06:15 PM
Ahh this makes sense, just like hail needs dust or bacteria as a nucleus about which to form.
Cheers for the explanation, I hadn't really thought of it as crystals, despite the term crystallisation.

It's precisely like hail, or snow or any other crystalization process.

There's obviously other factors that control the crystal size and rate, but the base mechanism doesn't change.