Sorry 'bout reviving a old thread...
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If it makes you Northern Hemisphere guys feel better, we too have a light coloured honey that tastes like horse urine!
The yellow wax talked about in this thread comes from the pollen which usually has a higher fat content. We have a false dandelion that gives yellow wax and the pollen has 10% fat content.
I have 6-8 medium frames of golden rod honey still on my two hives that I am looking forward to pulling off. Plenty of stores in the deeps. I've caught a wiff of the stuff and while it is pungent It's not bad. I've heard it has a butterscotch kinda flavor and I am hoping so. This is my first year with two hives and I really didn't expect any honey so I am still trying to figure out the best and cheapest way to extract the honey. I'd prefer to keep the combs so I'd rather not crush and strain.
Any one have ideas for bulding a cheap 1-2 frame homemade extractor? I have several food safe plastic buckets that I might be able fabricate something from. Next year I'll invest in building something better.
I wonder if there is any correlation between the people that don't like the smell of golden rod honey curing and the people whose urine smells immediately after eatting asparagus???
Can"t get any cheaper.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
> building a cheap 1-2 frame homemade extractor?
Plans for two different extractors largely made from wood are in the Build-It-Yourself section, this is the smaller one:
And there are multiple threads about Beesource members designs. I like this one, and it has photos:
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USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft
Ace bird thanks for the pics but I'm not sure what all I am looking at. What did you use form the main container? What is the base? Any more info on it?
My first years as a beekeeper, I had two hives and was lucky enough to get a little surplus honey for myself. I was worried about the smell of the honey. Even in the comb (I cut it from the shallow super frames since I did not have an extractor yet) it just didn't smell right. I took it to an experienced beekeeper, and he told me it was from goldenrod. Luckily it tasted nothing like it smelled. I like goldenrod honey just fine. We have a lot of goldenrod growing around here, and I consider it a blessing to help give the bees a late season boost before winter.
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There are a bunch of golden rod's I guess they all have different aromas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod. When I walk the dogs they eat the leaves as if having a salad.
I’m really not that serious
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft
My hives the last two years only had a slight whiff today it was very sour and strong.
Reminds me of the fake butter at the theatre.
I am 25 miles north of Houston TX and we had a great 2016 goldenrod bloom. One of my hives had 5 fully capped frames of darker honey in the upper deep box with a distinct and robust aroma. I left them alone until this week and pulled 3 of them to extract.
As many have noted before, it crystallizes quickly and this was the case. It took several days to drain through the screen in my bottling bucket. I do like the robust flavor and aroma. I suspect it is not all Goldenrod as the fall here was pretty mild. It is dark, darker than maple syrup and a hint of spiciness. I managed 13 lbs out of the 3 frames. I put them in a slowly warming water bath in glass jars and now it is all liquid. Yum.