Honey Testing & Grading

Testing your honey for moisture and grading it for color are important to do when selling your honey at a larger volume. A refractometer’s job is to measure the percent moisture in honey. This level can vary from batch to batch but typically does not want to go above 17%.

Color grading can be important too, especially if selling to someone (a baker or mead maker) who is looking for a particular color (and thus flavor) of honey. Typically the darker the honey, the more robust the flavor.

Ways to ensure your honey is “ripe” (at the right moisture content):

  1. Extract a majority of honey frames that have been capped.
  2. Don’t leave your honey, once extracted, open. Put a lid on it!
  3. Test its moisture content with a refractometer.
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