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Processing Set Honey
Many beekeepers are confused by the terms 'soft set honey' and 'seeded honey', thinking they are the same or misunderstanding what the two processes entail. Soft set honey is a variant of hard set honey that has had its crystalline structure broken up to form a spreadable paste; seeded honey is usually a coarse-setting honey that has had its texture changed by adding an amount of fine-setting honey.
Ken Basterfield has been bottling and selling his honey since the 1970's and draws upon this experience to give a clear and logical description of each part of the processes of producing high-quality set and soft set honey for sale.
About Ken Basterfield, NDB
Ken was first introduced to bees at 6 years old, but began beekeeping upon graduating in 1971. He increased in numbers until running 150 colonies by 1979, running these as a semi-commercial outfit in parallel with his day job.
Ken took his BBKA Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, and Senior Practical certificates, before obtaining his National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) in 1996. During that time, he completed a wide range of beekeeping including stock selection and breeding from the best locally-adapted performers & extensive queen raising.
Ken has tried out most of the management techniques on large scale trials leading to ‘best fit’ tools and techniques for his own beekeeping environment.