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Hi Guys

how long does it last for?

I still have about 15 litres of thymol syrup in a sealed container and am wondering if it is worth keeping? I made it in September and there is no sign of mould.

... throw it away to be on the safe side?

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Going back to the source, Manley's Honey Farming..

"I once hid a 28-lb tin of thin syrup containing thymol in a hedge near some bees, intending to feed it at my next visit: I forgot all about it, and it was only found after eighteen months:it was then perfectly good; there was not the slightest sign of fermentation, and that syrup was fed to the bees then and there."

Pretty clear I think.

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I had 5 ltrs left over, I put it in plastic bottles and bunged it in the freezer. It looks like fondant when frozen - let you know next spring whether it lasted/survived the thaw:coolgleamA:
 

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If the thymol separates and forms a slick on the top of the syrup it's also not going to absorb any moisture from the air/surface interface.
 

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sugar is a natural preservative
But only at the right concentrations, which is why honey has to be over 80-82%. Syrup is more like 65%, which is why the thymol is added to stop it going off.
 
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