I've never felt i needed a refractometer before this year as i've always been able to wait for the frames to be capped. This year some hives went on a capping strike. waited 3 weeks and no new nectar or capping. got sick of moving 80 pound deeps and supers so i extracted and its now in buckets.
Question - is the whole bucket now mixed? I figure between mixing in the bottom of the extractor, the bucket catching the extraction, the filter, then the bucket is it mixed enough for me to sample anywhere and have a relatively accurate measurement? Or does the honey separate in the bucket by its brix? Would say a 20% honey float above a 14%?
initial tests are hitting 14-15 but not sure if i need to do a deep dive