The star of the day was the 20-frame motorized extractor, purchased with the help of our investors -- thanks Granny, Mom, Dad, Kellie & Malcolm! I've never been happier to embrace modern convenience over an old-fashioned hand-crank machine!
|Clean and ready to get busy!|
|Please notice the cardboard my genius husband put under everything. Easy clean-up!|
First we drove to Barham's Bee Yard.
|Don't let this peaceful scene fool you. The Tower Bees were Not Happy.|
We retrieved three supers, then went to Bee Hill.
The harvesting process is relatively simple. First, you scratch the cappings wax off of the honey comb so the honey can be removed.
Next, you load the frames in the extractor, keeping them evenly distributed.
|Look at the wall of the extractor -- see the honey and wax thrown out by centrifugal force?! COOL!|
Next, you scare your husband by screaming when you see honey and wax running out of the extractor and filling up the filter a lot faster than you thought it would when you
Once the honey settles in the bucket, you can either let the air bubbles settle some more, or you can be very excited and start bottling.
I'm sure you can't guess which we did.
Our first bottle of honey! GORGEOUS!
It was a long day, but fun to experience together.
After we bottled a few, we returned the "chewed up" frames to the strongest hives. Mark checked them today and the bees had repaired the comb, cleaned up all the leaked honey and what we didn't extract (we've got to improve our scratching technique). He said they were pristine and already packing in more honey.