I have been struggling with the honey in the Flow frames for some weeks now. I would pull the frames and what they were showing was “nearly” capped cells. The bees seem to have a tiny hole in most cells of a some what fully capped frame.
The honey in the cupboard was on its last teaspoons … so I did it.
I pulled the plug so to speak and got a net 2.8 K from one of the middle frames. Very exciting. Took about an hour with a staggered opening.
The first thing was to taste the honey. It was so sweet and a bit darker than I would have thought from the marri but absolutely gorgeous.
I got out the elcheapo refractometer and could not get a reading at all.
I was constantly using a refractometer when I was into wine making but was reluctant to fork out $200 for a new one when my old one went missing.(on loan to a neighbour who said he returned it but didn’t know when) This replacement job is about the 1/2 the size and gives me no reading at all.
So it was to Jeffs water test. The honey failed but only just. After a few minutes there was a small halo around the blob but didn’t spread for some time and then slowly. After 5 minutes it had a 5-6mm halo so it must be so close. I will keep in fridge to be on safe side but should be gone by the time we go (mid March) to NZ for 7 weeks on hols. We eat a lot of honey.
Anyway some things have been achieved.
- My anxiety levels have plummeted to normal.
- I can relax and wait for the the rest of the frames to be fully capped.
- No need to buy a new bucket of honey.