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This instructable features honey harvest and extraction. While it is less likely that anyone would do this on their own if they are not a beekeeper, t...
Before we begin, let me first introduce Her Majesty: Apis mellifica (honey bee in Latin)! Also, here are some hard working worker bees, bees with poll...
Light the smoker. Use dry branches, hay or newspaper. The smoke dulls the bees' receptors, and prevents them from releasing the alarm odor, a volatile...
The frames with honey comb are transported in supers. Have them handy. You may also want to have a cloth to cover the super with frames full of honey ...
Using the hive tool, lift the hive lid and blow some smoke in the hive. Open lid slowly. Our bees were pretty calm, but that is not always the case!
Pull the frames out of the super and inspect the honey combs. Depending on how busy the bees were, how warm it was and if the hive didn't swarm, you m...
Depending on the hive configuration, there might be multiple supers to inspect. Take the super off the hive and move it to a clean surface. Repeat.
If there are any extra cells in between the supers and frames, scrape it off with a hive tool. Make sure to taste it right there - there is nothing li...
Pull out the frames with honey and put them in the harvest super. All the cells should be sealed. Each frame can hold on average 6.5 lbs of honey, so ...
The frames may have different colors of honey combs. The light one is pure honey. The darker one has pollen. The capped brood (the final stage of deve...
How many bees per hive on average? 50,000! That's a lot of bees!
Now the best part! Take the frame of capped honey. Mount the frame above the tub for wax and honey. Use the heated knife to unseal the cells. Lean the...
Preheat the extractor. Place the uncapped frames in the extractor, as you uncap them. Once all the frames are secured, close the lid and start the ext...
Place your food-grade bucket under the extractor spigot. Use a double sieve to catch the wax and impurities as the honey starts pouring out of the ex...
You may pour honey into a temporary jug. It needs to sit for at least 12 hours to let the air bubbles settle out.
Wash your jugs, jars or whatever containers you will put the honey in. Air dry.
Fill up your containers with honey. Optional: Decorate them with labels and bows.Mandatory: Share your honey with friends!
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Posted:Dec 8, 2009
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