Extracting Honey From A Beehive
frames free of bees allowing for easy removal. Remove the super frames early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, and store them in sealed plastic bags well out of sight and smell of the bees.]]>
What You Will Need
This film will show you how to perform a honey extraction.To do this, you will need:
- A honey Extractor.
- Two strainers, one with a 2mm mesh, and another with an 0.5mm mesh.
- An uncapping knife.
- An uncapping tank.
- An uncapping fork.
- A bucket.
- And a bottling bucket.
When The Honey Is Ready
The honey is ready to be harvested when at least 80% of the comb of the super is capped. Only capped cells should be harvested since these are the only ones that contain pure honey.
Clearing The Bees
24 hours before gathering the super combs for harvest, replace the queen excluder for the bee excluder. This will force the bees out of the honey supers and into the brood box, leaving the super frames free of bees allowing for easy removal.
When To Take The Supers
Remove the super frames early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, and store them in sealed plastic bags well out of sight and smell of the bees.
Uncapping The Comb
Use a knife to remove the wax capings that cover the honey cells. keep the comb in a vertical position and slice the wax upwards, starting from the bottom and moving up.
Use the uncapping fork to uncap the bess that were not uncapped by the knife.
Extracting The honey
Place the uncapped super combs inside the honey extractor. For a full extraction, spin the extractor 50 turns clockwise and 40 turns anticlockwise.
Place the bucked underneath the extractor valve and collect the harvested honey. remember to place both strainers on top of the bucket to gather impurities.
Cover the bottling bucket with a cloth and leave to settle for 1-2 days before bottling.
Storing The Honey
Remember to store your honey well away from the bees, as they will be attracted by the smell.