Sunday, 12 October 2014

How to get honey out of the hive.

Firstly you need to get your supers to the location at which you wish to remove the honey. They will be very heavy so make sure you have something to push them in or really big muscles!!

I used a lined wheelbarrow as my hives are close to home!!


Frames from the supers, uncapped and ready for the spinner.
Frames from the supers, uncapped and ready for the spinner.
 
Uncapping knife and wax cappings ready to go back to the hive to be cleaned up.
Uncapping knife and wax cappings ready to go back to the hive to be cleaned up.

Frames loaded into the spinner, (4 will fit in), ready to be spun.
Frames loaded into the spinner, (This is a 4 frame model), ready to be spun.
 
Then turn the handle and watch gravity do it's thing and spin the honey out of the frames and into the drum.
Then turn the handle and watch gravity do it's thing and spin the honey out of the frames and into the drum.
 
Then open the tap and watch the liquid gold pour out of the tap into the filters!!
Then open the tap and watch the liquid gold pour out of the tap into the filters!!
Check list for honey spinning;

1. Make sure you have closed the doors and windows...the bees will find you!!
2. Check taps on spinners and honey buckets before you start to avoid a HUGE mess.
3. Have someone handy to take over and give your arm a break...it's heavy work.
4. Make sure you have time to let the honey filter at it's own rate, if you try to push the honey through it will not be clear.
5. Make sure you have plenty of jars, especially if you are spinning O.S.R. honey as it granulates very quickly.

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