I have two supers that I pulled off my hive this past weekend. They were on this late in the year because the honey wasn't capped enough to harvest. However, the hive beetles were rapidly increasing and I had a feral hive attempt to rob from my hive. I had to reduce the volume in my hive to help my bees defend their turf. (note: I also reduced the entrance and added a robbing screen. I learned about this last year when my hive died due to robbing.)
My frames range from 0% capped to 30% capped. Does anyone have any advice for what I can do with this honey (nectar)? Here are some options I came up with.
1) Harvest as usual and keep the honey refrigerated so it won't spoil.
2) Put the frames in my convection oven and set to about 100F to remove moisture so that I can harvest fully cured honey.
3) Harvest the honey and try to dehydrate what I have in the convection oven set on 100F.
4) Freeze it to feed the bees next year (I don't like this option since I haven't had a honey harvest in 18 months!).
A second question is does anyone know why none of this honey has been fully capped yet? I added the first super in June, and this is my first harvest of the year. I started this hive from a package of bees using fully drawn comb from last year.