Re: Too Much Surplus?
I like leaving 3 or more hives untouched and use the frames for feed during dearth. My climate is much different than yours as our bees forage year round--pollen year round but not nectar so I have learned that they can go through alot of stores between flows. I keep honey on the hives, and I have room in my freezer for about 8 frames.
I too have a 2 frame crank extractor, and in spring I harvested almost 300 lbs of honey. I do about 3-4 supers at a time with a few days off between, and watch lots of movies to keep distracted. I figure it's good exercise and I like the portability of the 2 framer. It's a nice one from Dadant. But that's me.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder"--
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King