My first extraction went well, an experienced beekeeper describing it as “fairly runny” honey.
Having removed the super I discovered gel-like honey, which I extracted by taking the frame apart. Its so ‘gel-like’ that I can hold a jar of it upside down for at least 10 seconds before a dollop succumbs to gravity.
One of the jars has quite a bit of wax in so I filtered the second jar, removing the wax but generating a lot of air bubbles. At ambient temperature the honey its so thixotropic that neither wax nor air bubbles are moving.
The "fairly runny honey is below 20% moisture - around about 19% or there abouts.
I was very surprised to discover the ‘gel-like’ honey in both jars has a moisture content of 24%.
Extracting honey from the flowframes is very easy, but given the quantity and tedium of the work, I did the extraction over two days, leaving the exposed ‘gel-like’ honey to the atmosphere. Could the honey have increased its moisture content because the frames weren’t in an air-tight box ?