Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Monday, March 24, 2014

The pH of Honey and Sugar Syrup

In conventional beekeeping it is a common practice to steal all the honey from the bees and then feed them with white refined sugar. Sugar pH is 7 and that of the honey is all between 3,5 to 5. This tells us that bees prefer acidic food and not neutral nor alkaline.

I have read many times that beekeepers say sugar syrup's pH is 7 but this is far from the truth ladies and gents! You see, no one I know of mentioned the pH of the tap water used to make the sugar syrup. You see the tap water in Sweden for instance is pH 8 or higher! This will be the pH of the sugar syrup too, maybe a bit less than that but still very much alkaline.

You see, the bees health depends on the delicate balance within its body. Like us they too have various bacteria functioning within them. One of such bacteria is the Lactic Acid Bacteria which strengthens the immunity. This bacteria needs acid conditions to live and sugar syrup surely is not providing that.
And then we wonder why bees have many issues in the world of conventional beekeeping.

I am against feeding sugar syrup but do feed it to the bees in case they need extra food. When I make sugar syrup I make sure to add organic apple cider vinegar to it to lower the pH and I also add a cup of Nettle tea for extra minerals. Its not perfect but much better than sugar syrup with a pH of 8 (thanks to the hard tap water).

The best is to let the bees have their honey, pesticide free honey that is.
Sugar Syrup (5:3) with organic apple cider vinegar and Nettle tea


  1. Do you actually test the pH with a tester strip? I've been adding some lemon juice to my syrup but I have no idea how much will actually lower the pH.

    1. Never trust pH :) Strips always show wrong pH. I know this because I use proper pH tests i a bottle and in comparison the strip always shows wrong pH.

      That said I dont test pH in the sugar syrup I just add apple cider vinegar approx. I did test our tap water pH and it is at 8