Monday, August 13, 2012

robbing the hive


I never knew how good your own honey could taste! We had the best time this weekend hanging out with other beekeepers and extracting our honey. I was first amazed at how easy it was and second amazed at how talented our bees are. We ended up with 3 gallons of honey and it is delicious! Not only did we recieve the joy of honey but we got to learn so much from our fellow beekeepers. It was such a good opportunity for us to steal knowledge from people who have many more hives and much more experience. I realized the minute I got there I should have brought a notepad. It was a great day that began very early. We got up up with the sun to make sure our hive was ready for the day but by lunch we were putting honey in our tea.  


If you have seen our previous ventures into the hive you will notice there arent many bees on these frames. We went in the previous morning and put on a Bee Escape to keep the bees in the bottom of the hive. It basically lets them go down the hive but not come back up. What will they think of next! 


We took our honey-filled frames to a beekeepers house who owns an extractor and he so kindly helped us get our honey. Before we could extract we had to cut the capping off the frames. After a comb is filled with honey the bee's "cap it" which is the white stuff you see on the frame. How much honey is capped is how you know if you are ready to extract. You have to wait for most of your frames to be capped before you can take any honey out. 





Worried about what will happen with all the honey that came off with the capping? I was too. Have no fear, there was a drain in that tub that went directly into a strainer and into our bucket. We got almost a gallon of honey simply from carving off the capping! The whole day was nothing short of amazing. After finishing decapping the frames we put them in an extractor. This awesome contraption spins the frames and until all the honey hits the sides and slides down into a drain which again goes into a strainer and right into bucket.





After a morning of tearing up our bee's beautiful handiwork we went home with this...



4 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Elliott and I will have to plan a trip to come taste your amazing honey :)

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    1. Please do! Jim had such a good time with Elliott when he was here! You guys are welcome anytime.

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  2. I wish we were next door neighbors. Not because of the free honey, but because you guys are pretty awesome.

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    1. I wish we were neighbors too!! We would definitely give you free honey...

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