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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Adams County, Idaho, USA

    Default how important is a Refractometer

    If I start selling some of my honey, how important is it to use a refractometer?


  2. #2

    Default Re: how important is a Refractometer

    In my opinion not that important if you select frames that are 80-100% capped. Our club has a refractometer that members can loan out and each year I'll check a pail or two after extraction. Always have been below 18-19%. There is the possibility that the bees will cap honey that is above 19% or that the moisture content may rise in capped honey if the humidity goes way up and the bees can't keep the hive ventilated. I haven't had it happen though. Much of it goes back to you and how much uncapped honey you remove from the colony to extract.

    Bena, VA

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Suffolk, VA

    Default Re: how important is a Refractometer

    I feel that a refractometer is cheap insurance to make sure your product is the best it can be. I use one for every harvest. I also believe that local conditions can have a big influence on whether you would benefit from using one. I can say that my spring crop can almost always be pulled with good results using the 80-90% capped rule of thumb. However, the summer crop (cotton honey) is a whole different matter. See below for my perspective on this subject.

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    See my post (#18).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: how important is a Refractometer

    I think it depends on your climate. If you live in a humid climate it is probably well worth it. I've never owned one.
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 41y 200h 38yTF


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