On Wednesday we had to open the hive and put a new box with frames on top because the bees were building new comb and storing honey in between the inner cover and the frames. When I scraped the burr comb and honey off of the frames, I jarred it because most of it was capped.
When we tasted it, it was super fruity tasting, but also smelled somewhat sour to me. My husband and brother didn't really notice the smell. The honey itself doesn't smell like normal honey to me and I was worried that maybe it was somehow fermented in the couple of days it was in the hive.
However, I'm a little more worried now because the entire hive is giving off this tangy smell. It's not unpleasant, but it smells similar to when they were bringing in goldenrod last year. I did not have a chance to get in to the brood on Wednesday because we ran out of daylight. I'm worried that it might be some kind of foul brood. I plan to check either this afternoon or tomorrow morning so don't criticize me and tell me to get in the hive first.
I just want to know if anyone in North Georgia is having their bees bring in pollen or nectar that is very pungent. Also, if it is foul brood, could that smell get in to the honey? That's where I smelled this first, was in the honey, not in the hive until this morning.
Please and thanks!