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Capped high moisture honey
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:20:35 pm »
Well yesterday I pulled a deep off one of my hives that the caps were bubbling but for my area and the moisture was capped pretty well. After extracting it I used my  Refractometer  And it was at 20% have never seen capped honey with so much moisture, so we have been making some Jalape?o fermented honey with it, also making some honey Fermented cranberries. Will see how it played out.

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 03:21:52 pm »
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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2020, 03:55:54 pm »
So just checked it again, all I bottled are still at 20% but has a grape under tone in the flavor. Had this a couple years ago but didn?t have as high moisture.  Have a lot of cabbage palm in the area(20 k acre wildlife area) and know the nectar and honey has high moisture content any input would be great can?t place the sources, thanks

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2020, 09:41:39 pm »
Was your refractometer calibrated? I get a pretty good cabbage flow and it?s not uncommon for it to be in the low 19?s.

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2020, 06:52:32 am »
Was your refractometer calibrated? I get a pretty good cabbage flow and it?s not uncommon for it to be in the low 19?s.
Yes just tested it again was spot on in the calibration. Still sitting at 20

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2020, 12:10:45 pm »
I hate when that happens.  It means another batch of mead or melomel.   :cool:
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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2020, 04:01:03 pm »
I hate when that happens.  It means another batch of mead or melomel.   :cool:
it was 2 gallons but Like I said it was all capped, so it is strange. Will have to open some ice the mead I made from last time, it hope it aged well

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2020, 12:49:48 pm »
jtcmedic, I too have been struggling with excessive moisture in capped honey.  I've had several small batches this summer (1-2 gallons each) come out higher than expected (18.8%, 19.2%, 19.6% & 20.2%).  I see you're in Florida and I'm in Hawaii--both states with high humidity.  I wonder in this is playing a role in this since honey is hygroscopic and can absorb moisture straight from the air?  I live in a rainforest and my humidity is always between 70%-99%.

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2020, 02:30:55 pm »
Have either of you considering fixing up a drying room? Or a temporary drying room?
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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2020, 03:02:47 pm »
Have either of you considering fixing up a drying room? Or a temporary drying room?

I don't have a room that I can commit to drying in, however I do have garage space.  I'm currently looking into making a drying box by combining a dehumidifier into an old refrigerator.

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2020, 08:15:48 pm »
I have thought about making a drying box, but the humidity has been high

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Re: Capped high moisture honey
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2020, 08:16:21 pm »
Have either of you considering fixing up a drying room? Or a temporary drying room?

I don't have a room that I can commit to drying in, however I do have garage space.  I'm currently looking into making a drying box by combining a dehumidifier into an old refrigerator.
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