Bee keepers are in the habit of keeping a watch on their hives and testing the honey that is extracted for moisture. Anything above 18 percent is considered excessive. It could result in the honey fermenting and spoiling. Honey that is ready to be extracted will need to have the moisture removed. You can do this a few ways.
Things You'll Need
- Honey supers
- Warm air blowers
Keep honey in a temperature controlled room to prevent it from absorbing more moisture once you have reduced its moisture content.
Allow the bees to cap the honey. The bees will cap the honey only when it is ripe and the moisture levels are to their satisfaction. Extract the cured honey only after the supers have been capped for best results.
Extract the honey and check for moisture levels with a refractometer when there is a honey flow, meaning when there is an excess of honey for the bees to work with. Bees don’t always cap the cured honey when there is a honey flow. Place supers in a room with a dehumidifier until the honey becomes thick to remove moisture from green honey.
Stack supers in sets of six to eight over an air vent when you have many supers to deal with. Pass warm air through the supers. The warm air should not be more than 35 degrees centigrade. You will need a day to remove 1 to 3 percent of the moisture.
Consider using commercial dehumidifiers to do the job if you have a number of honeycombs stacked in a room that is already temperature controlled.