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  1. #1
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    Default Crush and Strain with foundation?

    So I am new and am starting my first hive in the spring. Is there anyway to use the crush and strain technique to harvest honey if you are using plastic foundation in a Langstroth hive?

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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    very easy -- scrape the comb off the foundation, strain through a collander or screen, put the frames back in the hive, bottle the honey
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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    Awesome. I can't wait

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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    There is an excellent vid on youtube of a guy doing this with shallow supers. If I can find it ill post the link. Quick and easy..

    http://youtu.be/tAFCiSXGg2I

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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    I harvest for personal use and gifts. I use shallow supers with wood frames and thin cut comb foundation with a queen excluder above two deep brood chambers with plastic frames. I insert the excluder about a week after placing the super so that the bees will start drawing comb. Once drawn, in my experience the bees pass through the excluder like it wasn't there. Each full shallow frame holds about five pounds of honey and the foundation runs around fifty cents a sheet.

    Many here despise queen excluders and some call them honey excluders. One year I got lazy and put on the excluder with the empty super. They packed the deeps to the gills, but ignored the super. Another year I forgot about the excluder. Her highness had a grand ole time laying drone in my super. Someone suggested I didn't provide her with space such as drone comb. Another calls drone comb a mite factory. I even had the girls get impatient with the queen and lay their own eggs in the super. Larva don't lend themselves well to crush and strain. Make your choices, pay your money and take your chances.

    I pull full frames throughout the season using only one super instead of waiting till the end. I shake of the bees from the frame at the hive, replace with fresh frame, put the full frame in an empty super about twenty feet away and cover, bring the super into the garage and close the door, bring each frame into the house leaving the few strays in the garage. Each transfer drops the number of bees by a factor of ten.

    I use an 8" serrated knife to cut and drop the comb from the frames into a food grade bucket. I find a five gallon bucket handles a full shallow super. I smash the comb and strain through a nylon bag filter in a second bucket with a pattern of half inch holes through the bottom that sits on a lid without center on a third bucket with a gate valve. After a couple weeks in the third bucket during which the fines settle to the top, I set the bucket at the edge of the counter, pull a jar from the dishwasher, fill with clean and clear honey from the gate and catch the odd drip on a cookie sheet below. The bottom of the bucket leaves me with fines in the last two jars that settle to the top and easily spooned off by the time I get to them. I leave all buckets, gooey wax and tools next to the hive where the girls salvage every last drop. We melt and strain the clean dry wax wax through cheese cloth and make candles on the short winter days. Michael has good guidance. http://bushfarms.com/beesharvest.htm

    If you already have the plastic frames, you may consider retaining that gear for a second hive and buying frames more suited to your preferred process.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.

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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    Is there anyway to use the crush and strain technique to harvest honey if you are using plastic foundation in a Langstroth hive?

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    Default Re: Crush and Strain with foundation?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodguyrob View Post
    Is there anyway to use the crush and strain technique to harvest honey if you are using plastic foundation in a Langstroth hive?
    Yea, but it was another pain in the can.

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