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How long will 1:1 sugar syrup last?


#1

I did some research but didn’t come up with the answer. I made another gallon of syrup the day before yesterday, but have decided to possibly quit feeding the girls as the alfalfa will be blooming in the next week or two. I would like for them to finish out the frames in the brood and get the second brood box on, they still have a frame and a half left, but think they should start fending for themselves. How long can I keep what I’ve already made before it goes bad?


#2

Ideally you should be adjusting the pH to 3-4 at which point between the sugar content and the acidity it should last almost indefinitely.


#3

What would be good to put in the syrup to up the pH?


#4

Citric acid powder or lemon juice


#5

I use food grade phosphoric acid that I had around for adjusting water pH


#6

A touch of “Apple Cider Vinegar”


#7

Refrigerated it should last indefinitely.


#8

As long as you like if you put it in the freezer. :wink:


#9

Hello I have just made up 8 litres of sugar syrup to prepare for Autum.

Does anyone know if there is a particular herb or natural remedy to prevent sugar syrup from fermenting ??


#10

Thymol will do it. Bit of a fiddle to make up, but it works. The other choice is 1 teaspoon of household chlorine bleach per 4 liters of syrup.

If you choose Thymol, here is @Dee’s recipe - add 1ml per liter of syrup to prevent fungus in the syrup: