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Jul 21, 2013 7:59 PM CST
|Took in right under 3 gallons of the good stuff. I love it!!!|
We jarred up 4 of the jars with the comb and the rest of the jars were pure honey, strained before jarring.
Jul 21, 2013 8:15 PM CST
|Wow! Great haul! Congratulations!|
Jul 21, 2013 8:18 PM CST
|Super (pun intended!) |
Looks great! Now enjoy!
Jul 21, 2013 8:33 PM CST
|We're definitely already enjoying, for sure! It's been a very sweet day. |
There's a long story that I won't get into right now, but we harvested this in whole comb and no foundation (I know. It's a complicated answer). So we crushed and strained it using two plastic buckets, one on top of the other with the top one having holes drilled in the bottom. The technique worked perfectly to produce beautiful honey and nice clean comb behind.
It feels good to have honey that was produced right on our own land.
Jul 22, 2013 6:24 AM CST
|Lovely color Dave. What kind of flavor does it have? We pulled off one that tastes fruity from when the blackberries were blooming, one that is full bodied but sweet and a third that is a mix of the first two. |
What did you use to crush the honey out with? My husband is trying to come up with something that would press it out of the comb like pressing juice from berries.
Jul 22, 2013 7:16 AM CST
We crushed the honey using a 1x2 board that I cut for this purpose. The comb and honey was dumped into the 5 gallon bucket (that had holes drilled in the bottom) and then we just crushed, crushed and crushed, like crushing grapes, really.
The honey quickly started flowing through the holes and into the bucket below. It worked perfectly.
As for the taste, it is hard to describe. Very complex, mellow and sweet. We've had such a great year here for flowers and we have so many different things growing in the wilderness around us. Most of this honey was produced from wildflowers growing in our bottomland.
Jul 22, 2013 9:36 AM CST
|Well, that sounds interesting. I will tell my son about that. Some people like the honey with the comb in it a lot.|
Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM CST
|Thanks Dave. How big were the holes in the bucket?|
Jul 22, 2013 12:35 PM CST
|I'm pretty sure I used a 1/4" bit for the holes. After the honey was put through that and collected into the bucket below, we then poured it through a tight mesh kitchen strainer into the jars. That last step caught any last little bits that may have survived.|
I guess I could have done one final strain through cheesecloth, but it didn't feel necessary.
Jul 22, 2013 3:05 PM CST
|Thanks for the information Dave. |
If the honey is clear in the jars and it looks like it is to me, it probably didn't need another straining.
Jul 5, 2015 10:29 AM CST
|Harvested two full and beautifully capped medium supers this morning and got 4.5 gallons of honey. This has been a great year for our bees! One of the supers was a topbar super (the frames were put in without foundation) and the bees did great with it. Since we're not currently using an extractor, it was convenient to just cut the comb right off the top of the frame and mash it in the bowl, then strain through a strainer.|
Jul 5, 2015 1:33 PM CST
|Looks yummy. Are you just pulling once per season? |
I notice the honey from this year is close to the color from last year even though you pulled about 3 weeks earlier this year.
We haven't pulled any this year yet. I hope he does soon though because I love the summer honey the best.
Jul 5, 2015 3:22 PM CST
|We pulled a super from this same hive back in April. I opened it this morning and was amazed that both supers above the excluder were completely full, so we immediately harvested. They really have been busy these past couple months!|
Jul 5, 2015 7:48 PM CST
|That's awesome I can't wait to start raising bees|
Jul 6, 2015 7:19 PM CST
|This is definitely inspirational! |
Thinking very hard about getting a hive...
Jul 6, 2015 7:33 PM CST
|You will love it Dennis. |
Jul 6, 2015 8:33 PM CST
|This post explains my situation (I've got a small swarm in a temporary hive)|
On the fence about it because it means making quite a commitment, really. I've been doing a little research and I've been surprised to find out how much help a hive needs to thrive. Rewarding work no doubt, but definitely a commitment...
Jul 7, 2015 7:36 AM CST
|Very nice swarm Dennis. |
Taking care of honey bees is not that much work really.
You might spend 40 hours per season caring for them and that includes observing them. Which you are already doing.
Some websites will make it seem like a lot of work but the bees pretty much take care of theirselves. You just need to help them if a problem shows up.
The most labor intensive part of beekeeping is harvesting the honey and you can skip that part if you wish.
Jul 7, 2015 10:16 AM CST
|Margaret is so right about the some websites making it sound like a lot of work. And it can be. Watching videos on beekeeping can quickly make you feel like this is an unclimbable mountain. I'll let you in a secret (sshhhhh) I only open my hives a few times per year. I don't know how to tell drone comb from regular brood and I can't tell the different between a worker and the drones. I have trouble identifying which bee is the queen and I never look for her.|
I keep hives and I swap out supers (or occasionally just a few frames) and it works fine for me. I don't feed them and I have never medicated them. I have strong hives and get lots of honey. If I ever fail, I guess at that time I'll figure out what went wrong and correct my behavior to prevent it in the future. But I'm about 5 years in and still pretending to be a beekeeper and I'm being successful.
Jul 7, 2015 11:07 AM CST
|And a ''Sweet'' success at that |
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.