Re: Honey Not Quite Ready to Harvest
Extract a frame and test with a refractometer.
Even if it is above 18%, you can freeze it and keep it it frozen indefintely. Lose very little quality, and it does not crystalize.
Just as an aside. a big superstore sold 20% moisture honey and had a best before date of about a year. When I pulled it out of the pantry, after the expire date it was fermented but tested 20% moisture. So honey will keep for some time even at 20% moisture.
I had the same problem of uncapped honey last fall and finally ordered a refractometer and it got back ordered. Got too late to remove the honey, so left the third deep super on the hive. Wound up with 30 plus frames of crystalized, mostly uncapped honey. Been trying to feed back to bees and still working at it. Best advice I got recently was to uncap and spray with water and feed to bees.
Take the surplus honey, test and freeze and keep frozen as required.
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