Re: Spring Harvest Questions
Well, capped honey cells do not expand and don't get busted when frozen.
Originally Posted by ruthiesbees
Water content of the honey being about only 18-19%.
Sugars are acting as anti-freezing agent and honey can take a LOT of low temp before forming any ice internally and expanding much.
If in doubt, read all the advice about freezing the honey frames for later use (right on this forum).
However, if cells contain uncapped honey, that will absorb excess moisture and then cells will overfill and the contents will spill over.
Uncapped honey will also ferment if too much moisture absorbed. All that mess could drip down.
Bees could try to collect the spilled stuff and went too cold when doing it and just collapsed into the spilled honey.
Something of sorts probably did happen.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.