Honey at 14.5%
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    I just got my refractometer that I bought and I checked my honey..it checked at 14.5% water....I calibrated the machine prior and it checked fine....I then tested some store bought honey and it tested 17%.....rechecked mine 14.5%...........I then recalibrated again but it did not need adjusting .......Does that seem really low or did I just get really lucky to have that dry of honey.........BTW it is Alfalfa honey and really thick......

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    I've never owned a refractometer, but some honey is much drier and thicker sometimes.

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    I don't know how dry it can really go.
    Technically (I guessing) it could go to 0.0% ??? I don't know. I've seen some water white honey that went 16.5'sh. I get 17.8 to 18.2 here in Cow Hamsphire. I guess if you knew some one who also own a refractometer you could do a side by side test.
    I'd really like to get some of that honey!
    You could ship me a pound and I'll test it against mine!




    [This message has been edited by The Honey House (edited September 23, 2004).]

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    No problem.......$4.00 for 1 pound bottle....Let me know.....

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    You certainly can get a 14.5% reading, so hurry up and
    bottle while the atmospheric humidity is low, or the
    honey will absorb moisture from the local air mass.

    If you had some "wet" honey (maybe 20%), you could
    blend the two to arrive at "in spec" honey.


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    This was already bottled and I opened one to test and sue enough it was 14.5%..the refractometer was calibrated right before the test and right after and it was right on specs..........I guess i am lucky......


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    Default Re: Honey at 14.5%

    Hi all

    I was unable to spin my honey when I needed to. So now it's late Feb in Washington and I still need to spin my honey. I tested it today and it is at 14.5 on the refractometer. A few questions. Would this be too thick to spin? I have it in my house right now but I don't have a warm house. 65 degrees so would it need to be warmed up somehow before spinning? This is my first time spinning. I have been at this for several years but have always kept the honey for my bees.

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