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Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers Association - New honey extraction method

New, Easy Method of Honey Extraction From the Hive!

17 Aug 15
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Amazing Invention – Flow- Honey on Tap Directly From your Beehive on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Just click on the link Video of New Honey Technique below and it will take you to the video! Take a few minutes to watch this, it is truly amazing!

Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers Association - New method of honey extractionHere is a new and exciting method of honey extraction from your hives. Honey extraction is usually a pretty extensive process to obtain the honey! I know because we just extracted honey last week, it was extensive and exhausting!  It took most the day, we started about nine, in the AM and did not wrap up until after four PM. It also took three of us working on this. This new process looks so much easier but it is a bit pricey so you have to decide if it is worth for you! This is a much easier process developed by some very clever Beekeepers!

Honey extraction is the central process in beekeeping of removing honey from honeycomb so it is isolated in a pure liquid form.  Normally, the honey is stored by honeybees in their beeswax honeycomb, in framed bee hives, the honey is stored on a wooden structure called a frame.  The honey frames are typically harvested in the late summer, when they will be the most filled with honey.  On a completely filled frame, the cells will be capped over with wax by the bees for storage.  Each cell containing honey will be sealed with a capping made of beeswax.

The first step in the normal extraction process is to break or remove all of the wax cappings.  This may be accomplished using an automated uncapper Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers' Association - Cutting wax off of the frame to extract honeymachine or with a manually-operated uncapping knife.  Usually, these tools are used together, along with a pronged cappings fork or a spiked roller.

This was our first year using the spiked roller and personally, I feel it is easier than using a knife to uncap the honey. When using a knife to

facilitate cutting off these wax cappings, the knife is often heated. The removed bits of wax, which are rich in honey which is slowly drained off.  This ‘cappings wax’ is very valuable and often used to make in products for beauty, candles or other products.

Once uncapped, the frames are then placed in a honey extractor, which spins them so most of the honey is removed by centrifugal force.  Care must be taken to ensure all frames are loaded correctly, as the comb is angled slightly upwards to prevent the honey flowing out.  Once extracted, the resulting honey will contain bits of wax and must be passed through a screen so that clean liquid honey results.   We make sure we double strain our honey to assure all wax is removed and make sure the purity is there, others may even strain their honey even more.

Any honey, which cannot be harvested left on the frames after extraction or honey not capped over.   Frames are usually placed back into the colonies for the bees to clean up them up, they will sterile them and get them ready for more honey.  Some Beekeepers place emptied frames outside so it will be reclaimed by the bees.  This must be done early in the morning or late in the evening as the bees will aggressively harvest such a rich source.  Care must be taken so this is done at a time when food is not scarce or else bees from differing colonies will fight over the honey.  Additionally, this can spread disease from contaminated frames and can be a potential problem; this technique is not advised by experienced Beekeepers.

 

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