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  1. #1
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    We extracted honey Saturday. This is our second year and I don`t remember seeing this last year. The frames have really dark,
    hard sections in some of them. Not all of them had it just 2 or 3 in the super. Thanks for your help.

  2. #2
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    If the cells are hard, but what's inside is honey, then it was used to raise brood and has cocoons in the wax. A little doesn't make much difference, but a lot of honey from mostly old brood comb can taste a bit bitter. If I have a lot, I tend to sort it out and extract it last and feed it back to the bees.

    If the cells are just wax but have something harder inside, like a paste, then it's pollen. The pollen won't extract, it's too sticky. A lot of this makes the extractor a bit lopsided because the pollen filled frames don't get lighter because the pollen stays.

  3. #3
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    Granulated honey may be possible too. Where the supers above an excluder?

  4. #4
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    >"...but a lot of honey from mostly old brood comb can taste a bit bitter."

    When is brood comb considered old?

  5. #5
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    This is all a matter of degree. Honey where a lot or most of the comb has cocoons tastes a bit bitter. Honey where a little of it has coocoons tastes fine. Old is also a matter of degree. The darker it is the older it is and the more cocoons it has.

  6. #6
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    Thanks for the replies. It should not be brood as we have an excluder. It was above there. It really looks like pollen. We just didn`t have this much last year in our frames.

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