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A couple of honey harvesting questions- NOOB

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Thanks for looking over my question.

Today I did my first harvest and extracted two Med frames of honey just to run through things, and all went well. But I do have a couple of quick questions.

First, I left the other six frames of honey in the Super for the bees, and replaced the two empty ones after I extracted the honey and they were still messy. I understand the bees will clean them up, but I want to make sure that I'm correct and I'm not creating a bug nightmare for the bees.

Also, I'm doing the "crush & strain" method of extraction. What I did was to scrape the comb off of the foundation into a stainless steel bucket and used a potato masher to turn it into a honey gruel of sorts, then I poured that through a two-layer stainless steel strainer that sits on top of a food grade bucket with a honey gate.

Can somebody give me the general rule of thumb as to how much honey drains out over what amount of time? I thought I read something about 90% or so drains out over the first three days or something, and waiting any longer is somewhat a waste of time.

Lastly, the honey is a bit foggy compared to some of the others I've seen and I'm guessing that's purely due to how it was filtered and nothing to do with the bees?

Thanks again,
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This was a bad idea:
used a potato masher to turn it into a honey gruel of sorts,
By doing so you lock too much honey in the residue and also make the draining slower.
This is where the slow draining comes in.

Instead, do the dicing of the comb with a knife or some sharp gizmo.

Anyways, set the draining into your car for a sunny day.
That will do good enough draining.

After that, place the sticky residue into an active hive (under the lid).
The residue should be spread as thinly as possible - few plastic meat trays work well (or similar stuff).
Check back in a day; turn over the residue if needed.
Soon enough the wax will be dry and ready for melting.
Bees will do excellent job cleaning, better than you.

If not concerned of the robbing - just spread the residue outside and will get the same affect.

Don't bother with dissolving and such - extra messy work for you (unless really bored and have time).
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