Refractometer - honey has low reading
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  1. #1
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    Default Refractometer - honey has low reading

    In August I calibrated my new refractometer and then tested some other guy's honey at 18.1. The honey we extracted in August was 18.1 also. However, after storing it in a bucket with a lid, it now reads 16.5 so I will assume the lid was not air tight like we thought.

    Is 16.5 going to be a problem? It seems to be as liquid as before. Retested that other honey and it is still 18.1.

    Will this low moisture honey be ok to use to make creamed honey.
    Is it summer yet?

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    Default Re: Refractometer - honey has low reading

    What was the temperature of the honey each time you tested it, warm honey just extracted vs. cool honey sitting on a concrete floor during the fall.

    My honey is in that range and the creamed seems fine.

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    Default Re: Refractometer - honey has low reading

    Thanks Flower Planter. Both honeys were room temperature and in same room as refractometer.

    I also wondered if being "raw and strained" only made a difference in the readings. I have a very light and delicate honey.............the best in the last few years.
    Is it summer yet?

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    Default Re: Refractometer - honey has low reading

    Honey should be around 17% to prevent fermentation if I recall correctly.

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    Default Re: Refractometer - honey has low reading

    Did you take readings from throughout the bucket, or just a sample off the top? Because honey at the surface may dry out, but when stirred and mixed back you may get closer to the original reading. Extracted honey is actually pretty difficult to dry out. I would be very, very surprised if it lowered from 18 to 16 in a bucket.

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    Default Re: Refractometer - honey has low reading

    Also, was the refractometer calibrated to the room temperature? It needs to sit in the same room as the honey for a couple hours to reach equilibrium. Then calibrate it. I noticed that it makes a difference in the reading.

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