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  Friday, 20 September 2013
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I plan on harvesting honey this weekend. I last checked on my hives a week and a half ago. One of the hives had a honey super on it that appeared mostly full, but nothing was capped. When I pull the honey off this weekend, if that one super is still not capped, should I just leave it for the winter or should it be removed? If I should leave it, then is it worth moving to the weaker of my two hives?

Thanks, Jeff.
8 years ago
I ended up putting on a empty super on top of the top board on one of my hives, then added my 4 frames of partially filled uncapped honey and am letting them pull it back down into the hive.
8 years ago
Jeff, here is a reply from Mike Palmer 2012 to the same question.
Having honey supers left on the hive, that aren't fully capped at the end of the season is very common. The flow ended before the bees could finish, so some remains uncapped. I doubt they will finish it at this point, as there's nothing left for the bees to work but some aster. Just because the combs aren't entirely capped, doesn't mean what's there hasn't been ripened.

Hold a frame of the uncapped honey sideways and try to shake out what is there. Does any shake out? Scoop some of the uncapped honey from the comb, and place it between your lips and tongue. Does it feel thick?
If it doesn't shake out, and feels thick, it's alright to extract. Of course, you could always use a refractometer to check the moisture content. Properly ripened honey should have a moisture content below 18.6%
8 years ago
Jeff: A couple of us are doing the same today. We're just spinning out the honey from the uncapped comb rather than leave it.

Patti Ferreira
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