Colour, Conductivity & Moisture

This is a suite of 4 accredited tests which measure moisture, colour, conductivity, and Brix (sugar content) in honey.  Among other things, these tests are useful for characterising honeys from different origins honeydew, and other floral sources.

The 4 components of the Colour, Conductivity, Brix & Moisture suite can be run individually. Below are examples of how colour and moisture are used:

  • Colour Only– is often used for characterising honeys from different floral sources.
  • Moisture Only – honey with a moisture content that is above 18% is at an increased risk of fermentation.  You may wish to have a yeast test performed on high moisture honey to investigate this risk further.  High moisture levels are often found in uncapped honey.

How does Analytica conduct the test

Samples are heated to dissolve sugar crystals and then thoroughly mixed before analysis. The sample is clarified and colour is measured using a spectrophotometer. Moisture and Brix are measured using a refractometer. Conductivity is tested using a conductivity meter.


Colour, Conductivity, Brix & Moisture are all IANZ accredited tests.

Pricing and Turnaround Time

Standard 5 day TAT for Colour, Conducitivity, Brix and Moisture. Please contact Analytica for current pricing on 07 974 4740 or at 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica have a fast turnaround time and competitive price. We are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, which means you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample

Approximately 20 to 50 g of sample is adequate for all tests as long as the sample is well-mixed and representative of the bulk being sampled. Sample should be placed in a clean container with a lid. Samples should not contain wax.

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3214 
New Zealand

Get Analysis Request Forms

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 

Please email the Sample Reception team at if you are sending more than 40 samples to make the most of our testing prices and turnaround times.

To send samples from overseas, please see our instructions and import permits.

*For some ideas on collecting a representative honey sample, have a look at this article published in 'The New Zealand BeeKeeper'.

Analytica Laboratories


P: +64 7 974 4740

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3345,
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand


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