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  1. #1
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    Default when to extract?

    So, i belong to a group that is having a bit of a debate on when to extract honey and i was hoping to get some insight from all you experts!.... What percentage of honey cells should be capped before pulling a frame for extraction? The arguments i've heard range from 80-100%. i pulled my first 8 frames last week and they were all 100% capped....

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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    i can't believe i misspelled "When"....

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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    Hey Gonzo I'm a big fan of The Muppet Show so if you think it would be easier to train a chicken to extract compared to a teenager then I'm willing to try! Oh and I extract when frames are at least 1/3 to 1/2 capped.

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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    camilla is way more fun and obedient than any teenager!

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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    Borka, borka, bork, cinnamonamon, little bit of honey. Yummy, yummy, yum!!!
    Your friend, Swedish Chef

  6. #6
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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    Y'all been hitting the mead a little hard???

    I don't think 1/3 to 1/2 is enough. I look for 80%-90% minimum and have usually removed surplus when nearly 100%. YMMV.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    I suppose local climate may play a part in the decision. When I extract I'm looking for about 16% moisture. My fully capped frames come in at nearer to 14-15%. A second consideration is if you wait until the frames are fully capped there is a loss of production.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: hen to extract?

    good points.... the dry SW probably requires less cap than the humid east coast...

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