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Extracting honey .... Suggestions please ....

 
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Nurse Bee


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Extracting honey .... Suggestions please .... Reply with quote

We're pretty new to this.

We're not in it to make money from honey.

We just want a dollop now and again on our toast.

We haven't got a centrifuge, and don't plan to get one. On one for the workshops we went on it was suggested that one takes just as much honey as you want, as and when. Which is what we've done ......

........but how do you extract it from the comb??
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RayMerrell
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R0jJAhRrnw
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Mark Young
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's about it!

If you don't like using your hands you can always use an elaborate squashing device like this

http://youtu.be/Q8b4k-RIH14
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Folks ... thanks a lot ... this is fantastic!!! I can't tell you what I've tried after gravity, but the oven, the Dyson Blade, the hair dryer and ....... all got involved. I even stood there and whizzed it, inside a carrier bag, around my head!!! Very Happy
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Mark Young
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cold filter raw honey is the best there is...
Try to avoid heating as this destroys enzymes. ..
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andy pearce
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a bucket with a tap, Thornes sell a rectangular one with a big slide/lift open tap which is great. Put your comb in, attack it with a knife until it is all chopped up then leave it for a few days, I put mine in the airing cupboard which is warm but not hot enough to damage the honey. Used capped honey only, give, the uncapped back.

Open the tap, and the honey will run out (the honey from the broken cells settles in the bottom of the bucket), run it through a strainer, a sieve will do, into a jar or bucket. I let mine sit in a corner dribbling away slowly. Occasionally attack the contents of the bucket with a knife and throw the contents of the strainer back in to the bucket.

I am making mead with this times left overs, alternatively you could let the bees clean it up if you put it somewhere that does not induce robbing.
That is my preferred method at present, not too sticky.

This does not work with OSR honey if you have left it in the hive to crystallise.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This does not work with OSR honey if you have left it in the hive to crystallise.


Or Ivy which crystalises in the bee on the way back from the flower.
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jasonjetplane
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:00 am    Post subject: centrifugal extractor Reply with quote

Anyone with experience extracting honey with a centrifuge?
I have purchased a centrifugal extractor as I have set up using the usual modern method of hives. I have heard you can put combs into wire baskets made from small chicken mesh and put them in the extractor like this. I imagine top bar combs could be uncapped and placed in an extractor whilst still on their bars (no need to cut them out). This way the combs can be reused, saving the bees alot of work. The wire mesh would give the unwired comb support to stop it breaking with the extractors centrifugal force.

Anyone in Australia doing natural beekeeping, contact me please.

Jason
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