wkitty42 at windstream.net
Sun Oct 11 01:51:33 JST 2009
as a former apiarist, i'm trying to figure out what the water content and
viscosity of honey has to do with the viscosity of beeswax when adding it to
pitch is what the thread is/was all about :?
Dominic-Luc Webb wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Oct 2009, Mel Bartels wrote:
>> I am burning my textbooks since they are wrong compared to yours and
>> lecturing my bees on their ignorance. But just in the infinitesimal chance
>> that you were momentarily confused, I'll repeat that honey density varies
>> very little - a few percent - as the moisture content varies. (And the vast
>> majority of honey varies very little in moisture content.) See
>> http://www.fao.org/docrep/w0076E/w0076e04.htm etc.
>> Mel Bartels
> No need to burn your books. We both seem to have basis
> for our respective understandings. Not first or last time!
> There may be something cultural going on here, in part. Along this
> line, I am sure any concise reference you have access to will
> explain there are different bees producing different honey in
> different locations at different times of the year. I have
> honey sitting on my kitchen counter at this moment from California
> and Germany. They are very different, not even looking similar.
> Fipping bottles upside down, it is immediately clear they have
> wildly different viscosities. California honey almost completely
> poured to bottom within a ~6 seconds while German honey was not
> even halfway to the bottom after 60 seconds. This seems consistent
> with what is claimed in Wikipedia about viscosity:
> At least this value, which we can both access immediately,
> varies fivefold (2000-10000 cP). I have assumed this is
> related and proportional to density difference I have
> read about. I did not encounter problems finding claims
> in English about variation in density:
> While this is not quantitative, it is clear people are
> claiming there is some kind of difference in density on
> American websites. I'll try to measure density this weekend
> for the two honeys.
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