i removed the flowhive today and need to deal with the honey in the frames. Most all of the frames had about 1/4 to 1/3 of the cells filled with honey but none of it is capped. I wanted to get the box off to reduce the space to heat as the cooler months are coming and they have a deep that is 100% full of capped honey to eat for the winter. My question is how to deal with the honey in the flow frame. All but one of the frames are now in the freezer to kill any pests. I did not have room for the last frame so I leaned it near the hive and they cleaned it out in less than an hour. Here are the 3 choices I can think of. Which is the best or is there another solution i am missing.
- I would prefer to just leave the uncapped honey in the frames after taking them out of the freezer so I can put them back on the hive in the spring and hopefully it will provide an incentive to start storing in the flow hive as it took them a long time to get started this year. My concern is that since it is uncapped, will it cristalize over the winter in storage? If it does will the bees eat it anyway once it is put back on the hive in the spring.
- I can just lay the frames by the hive and let them eat the honey now and store it in the standard frames on the hive.
- I can store it in a small room with a dehumidifier and keep testing the uncapped honey till the water content is below 18%