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  Friday, 11 September 2015
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It was recommended to me last year to have two deeps and a medium going into the winter. I did that and it worked well. I'm planning my final harvest this weekend and one of my hives has four supers on it. If one (or two) of the supers is not fully capped or possibly not even fully filled, is there any reason not to leave it on the hive over the winter? I expect that uncapped nectar would spoil if stored in the cellar and if the Fall is warm the bees may still be able to cap it and use it in the spring. Is there any downside to leaving an extra super (beside the two deeps and one super I planned to leave) on the hive over the winter? If there is - then what should I do with a super containing a lot of uncapped nectar?
7 years ago
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#1646
Just because the honey isn't capped doesn't mean it is too thin and will ferment. You can use a refractometer to check the moisture content. You can also check the honey thickness by placing some on your lips and feeling it with your tongue and lips. It should feel thick. At any rate, I would fill the top super of the broodnest with whatever is capped, and remove the rest. I would think it thick enough to harvest now after the fall flow is finished. You can eat it, yes? Better than leaving uncapped on to for winter.
7 years ago
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#1645
Same question here, I also have a few uncapped supers. I am under the impression we want 2 deeps and one super as well. My concern is if there are more supers, will it allow the bees to separate more and freeze? Smaller hive, warmer bees?
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