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Yesterday I made syrup from sugar purchased from Aldi. When I was heating it, it turned all white and foamy, and I had a devil of a time keeping it from boiling over. When it cooled, there was a white scum (?) on top.

I usually buy a store brand, and as soon as it boils, it turns clear. It boils smoothly and there is no residue on top.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is it "cheap" sugar from Aldi? Is there any reason to NOT feed it to the bees?
 

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I bought 600 lbs. at Aldi's and have fed half of it. The bees are still alive and still eating it, so I guess it's allright.
 

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Sugar at the Croswell Michigan sugar plant went from 37 cents a pound this spring to 44 cents a pound this month.

:D Al
 

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we don't let it boil so it doesn't form crystals. I boil the water, then add the sugar with the pan off the heat. Sounds like you weren't far from making rock candy.

sugar prices are crazy lately! Every once in awhile food lion puts out a store coupon for $1 off a bag, and sometimes you can find coupons for name brand sugar on the coupon sites. Whatever happened to the bulk bin stores???
 

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Mama Beek said:
we don't let it boil so it doesn't form crystals. I boil the water, then add the sugar with the pan off the heat.
I've never heard that, for bee- or hummingbird food. I was always told that you boil the syrup 2 minutes so that it does not re-crystalize.

I will have to give your method a try. Thanks!
 

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Wife found walmart great value brand for $1.73 for 5 pound this afternoon, got 100 pounds on hand now.

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Except I really despise how the packages are getting smaller in a way to hide the price increases. :(
 

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I never boil......just add hot water to a gallon jar of sugar until it all dissovles......they seem to take it fine. am I doing it wrong?
 

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No_Bivy, I would measure the water so I knew the ratio of the mix. 1/2 gal. of water would be 2:1, for winter storage feeding. 1 gal. of water would be 1:1, for spring build up feeding. It does make a difference.
 

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2:1 is a sub for honey. They store it for later use.
1:1 is a sub for nectar. It causes them to begin raising brood. Maybe at a time they shouldn't.
 

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Hobie, I would be extremely surprised if the sugar you are seeing foam is not beet sugar. Beet sugar sometimes foams like you have poured soap in it. Haven't seen this too much with cane sugar.
 
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