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  1. #1
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    Default Pulling Honey Supers after a rain and when to extract

    Hello,

    It has been raining for the last couple of days. My plan was to pull honey supers this weekend and extract.

    I have access to a garage that will have a dehumidifier running.

    Will it be acceptable to pull honey supers in the morning, run a dehumidifier several hours before extracting in the room, and then extract without having any issues?

    Thanks,
    Nick
    Nick Hubbell
    www.findlaybee.com

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    Oregon City, Oregon
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    Default Re: Pulling Honey Supers after a rain and when to extract

    How do you know that you need to dehumidify the honey... Maybe it was low moisture to begin with, Point is without a refractometer you are just guessing. Mann Lake has one for 60 something on sale this week..or maybe your club has one to loan
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Pulling Honey Supers after a rain and when to extract

    A refractometer is a good thing to have. I do have one, but it is currently in several bits as it took a nice fall.

    Honey was 95-100% capped, closer to 100%. I think things went well, just worried about moisture more than I should be.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Pulling Honey Supers after a rain and when to extract

    If I thought that I would need to "dry" my honey...

    I would get some get some large aluminum serving pans ( disposable ) in the range of 15X24 inches. So that it had a large surface area.
    I would go ahead and extract and place into these pans to "dry" in the dehumidified room.
    Pour it into a bottling bucket later and cover with a layer of plastic wrap.

    Fuzzy

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Pulling Honey Supers after a rain and when to extract

    Hello,

    The bee club I belong to did moisture testing last night for any members that wanted to have their honey tested. Mine tested at 17.4%.
    Nick Hubbell
    www.findlaybee.com

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