I am very interested to hear from those of you who have a refractometer and test the water content of your honey.
I extracted separately from two frames yesterday, one which I know was fully capped and the other which I knew was about 90% capped. Weirdly, the frame that was capped tested at 19%, while the uncapped frame was 17.5%. The hive has been robbed regularly this season, so the only thing I can think of is that the bees may have moved honey up from the broodbox for the frame with lower water content?
Any other ideas as to why this may be the case?
Thank you for sharing your experience!