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Apivar and Supers

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At the end of August, I will remove any remaining supers and then treat the2 lower brood boxes with Apivar, and I will feed at the same time. My question pertains to the supers I take off that are uncapped. There will be at least 10-15 and they will be partially filled and many with uncapped honey and I assume higher moisture content. I can process the capped honey. What do I do with so much uncapped honey and higher moisture content? I do not want to contaminate the supers by leaving them on while treating with Apivar.
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Get a refractometer and test your uncapped honey,you may be surprised.If you use 18% as a cut off point,a little bit at 20% mixed with a lot at 17% would give an average below 18%.Depends on your late summer flow.
Another thought would be consolidate unripe honey on a few hives and use a formic treatment .
If you had a freezer,you could store the unripe honey and replace in the hives after treatment.
I over super in the spring and try to under super in the fall so that I don't have to deal with partial supers at the end of my fall flow.Any extra nectar goes down into the brood nest.
I also run all one size frame so I can switch out partial frames with an empty frame which may or may not get melted down and filled with foundation for the supers in the spring.
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