912Re: Method for using Extractor on Comb honey?
- Jul 23, 2007Scott, how do you make a slurry?
When I crush, it's so stiff I can't stir it?
I bent some 1/4" wire in a U shape, stick a bar of honey in &
extract, it works, buts it's faster to crush/strain.
--- I just
> crush and crush (not squeeze, I make a slurry by breaking the combup, not
> squashing it together) until the sieve is full then let it sit for2 days.
> Honey although viscous has little surface tension, and so verylittle is
> retained through capillary effect. I throw the wax in a solarmelter I made
> out of window frames and looks like a gardening cold frame used toprotect
> plants during the winter.Behalf Of
> Scot McPherson
> McPherson Family Farms
> Davenport, IA
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> Subject: [TopHive] Method for using Extractor on Comb honey?
> First season with a TBH. We have no prior experience with bees, so
> we've never "extracted" honey.
> We have a friend with an small SS extractor for sale. Has anyone
> devised a method for using an extractor with the TBH comb honey? In
> reviewing the info and pictures provided here - I only see bucket
> smashing and jack press. Those method seem fairly "messy" - not
> against messy - but could the extractor be any messier? Could younot
> decap the comb, put it in a laundry bag, drop it in the extractorin
> basket, and spin? Or maybe not enough force??
> Seoondly, we got a commercial package of bees 3rd week in April for
> our first ever TBH. They had the front half totally filled by the
> first of June. Jacqueline and Joseph had to come save us/them and
> remove the false back and move them back. Based on this production,
> SW Washington, would we think it's safe to remove honey in
> July/September? I see the Labor Day [last date] and 12 bar rule of
> thumb - but wasn't positive if this applied to a new hive also.
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