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    Question Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    I am a second year beekeeper and hoping to extract our first honey soon! I ordered the 5 gallon bucket kit from Mann Lake which came with three sieve/strainers, 200, 400, and 600 micron. My question is do I use all three at once; use all three one at a time; or just pick how fine I want to strain my honey? Thanks for any help!! I have attached a picture of some of my girls lining up to get a drink from my dog's water bowl.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    No need, I use a 400 or even a 600 only, it's clear in a coupe days when the bubbles are gone.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    Thanks for the information!

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    It probably matters more if you plan to sell the honey, but our first honey was strained through a kitchen wire mesh strainer, just to catch the wax or most of it. We crushed new white foundationless comb, but the honey strained this way is pretty enough for us.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    If you use all 3 together you will spend less time cleaning screens. start with the finer ones and you will be plugged pretty quick.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcharlie View Post
    If you use all 3 together you will spend less time cleaning screens. start with the finer ones and you will be plugged pretty quick.
    It probably would depend on how much honey he had to extract. We did just one super the other day (for fun with our boys) and we used the 400. We didn't have any trouble with it getting plugged and I couldn't have been happier with the way it was strained. We only strained it the one time and only had one filter to clean up.

    "My question is do I use all three at once"

    If you are doing very much I would say gmcharlie's advice would be spot on.
    As Grandma says "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    It all depends on what you are doing with the honey. and how much you are doing. I do mine with a strainer that is about the size of #8 hardware cloth. this gets all the big stuff and saves clogging the finer strainer them we put it through an 800 micron. after that it is heated to about 120% to make it more fluid and sent through a 200 micron. finally the bottleing pump puts it through a fabric filter as it goes to the bottles

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    I put some clean screen on top of my 400 mesh, and when it's done dripping I have all the cappings in it to give back to the bees, and the mesh needs just a rinse.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    I sell my honey to work colleagues and it is only strained through a strainer that would be used at a restaurant. I tell them they are getting all the goodness because it is lightly strained and relate the story about how the peasant beekeepers in the former Russia sold all their honey and they themselves consumed only the dregs containing the pollen and propolis. Some of them lived to over a 100 years of age.

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    Quote Originally Posted by SueBeeTN View Post
    My question is do I use all three at once;
    You can for small quantities of wax. If you cannot see if the finer screen is plugged it will back up to the next screen. If there is some distance between the screens so you can divert the flow when the fine screen plugs up you can do all three until that happens for large quantities. Another suggestion is to have a couple of fine screens so you can switch them out.
    Last edited by Acebird; 07-01-2013 at 07:25 AM.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    Thanks for all the ideas! We successfully extracted and bottled our first honey yesterday and had hot biscuits with honey this morning!

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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    The thrill of victory...
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    Default Re: Getting ready for first honey, question on sieve/strainer

    I use the 200 and 400 together and not the 600.

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