Thank god for this app as we have had a couple of challenges lately being fairly new at all this .
We have had a few really great extractions but one we did sept 2019 has now began to smell awfully sour when we open the jars and tastes awful infact I couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth .
And a couple of jars seemed to have overfilled by itself .
I have heard of honey fermenting but people say it’s still edible but this batch isn’t .
I don’t want to waste it but I’m worried if we give it back to the bees it may cause foul brood or something.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
How much of it has gone bad?
Do you think there’s a chance of small hive beetle contamination? As the larva reproduces it bores through and defecates in the honey which will cause fermentation. I could see how if the “infestation” was in the earliest stages it could have affected only a small portion of the honey.
I think your honey just soured. It had a high water content. I would recommend making it a honey brandy, where acidity does not matter. I wouldn’t return it to the hive, the bees could get stomach problems.