Re: Extracting without an extractor
Sounds like you have quite a bit of syrup stored already. Find two frames that are mostly uncapped and simply rinse them out in your kitchen sink. The sprayer works well with cold to tepid water. Shake them dry and put one frame on either side of the current brood nest. Check back in a week to see if both have eggs. If they do, grab one more frame and repeat. That will give you six brood frames which should be enough for this time of year. Do not provide any more feed. A deep full of syrup is plenty for where you are and there should be a fall flow of sorts for their immediate needs.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.