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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Cleveland, SC USA
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    I added 1 honey super on both my hives about 1 month ago. The bees are drawing the comb out nicely and I have a couple of frames that have capped honey. Things seem to be moving along pretty well and now I need to start thinking to harvesting the honey.

    What is a good "basic" hobbyist setup for honey collection and packaging? I was fortunate enough to find a hand-crank 2 frame extractor so I am at least that far into it.

  2. #2
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    May 2002
    Location
    Selma Indiana
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    Going to need some type of strainer and honey storage containers 5 gallon bucket with nylon cloth paint strainer with a honey gate works well.Dadant and brushy bee sell small units or make your own with food grade bucket.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Selma Indiana
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    2002 brushy mtn catalog pg 48 has several bottling tank options stainless or plastic bucket.Also need uncapping knife and uncapping tank a cheap utility sink{~$10 plastic} makes a good uncapping tank

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Ft. Worth, TX
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    Question

    I have a few frames that are full of honey right now. When exactly do I want to start pulling honey off of the bees, and how much should I leave for them?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Cleveland, SC USA
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    Hi group, and thanks for the input to my question.

    Here in SC it is generally the rule that you leave the bees a full 6-inch superper hive for food over the winter. That should be ~40-pounds of honey. So far I have resisted pulling a couple of frames just to sample the bees work, but the temptation is growing.

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