Learning about Beekeeping

extracting honey

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.frames in extractor

I had one honey super with frames that had honeycomb acceptable to use in the extractor. So here they are, in the extractor ready to be spun. First I had to pick off the wax caps covering the cells of honey. There’s a special tool for that. Next, the frames are placed in the extractor in such a way that the extractor is balanced. If this is not done right you could end up with a hole in the wall of your honey house. Due to massive extractor banging around because it’s imbalanced. Fortunately I had some help – Steven was there to show me how to use the beast. And hold it steady, because it did kinda rock a bit if no one was holding it. Thanks Steven!
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After awhile we poured off some gorgeous honey:
honey coming out of the extractor
You can see there are still bits of wax that came off the frames too. They’re being coarse-filtered as the honey goes into the pail.
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Kind of a simple process, if you know what you’re doing, after all my bashing and filtering of the curvy comb. Quite the difference.
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