Today we finally harvested the honey we took from the bees three weeks ago. In the olden days they used to have to destroy the hive to get at the honey, luckily we don't have to do that anymore, and we can extract the honey and give the bees back their wax and almost fully formed comb. We even leave the apparatus outside for the bees to clean up / take the rest of the honey back to the hive.
It was a fairly intensive process with a lot of running about and hiding the honey from the bees. But despite the mess, the water, the bees, I managed to take a couple of pictures of the process.
Removing the cappings (all wax we are going to use later on)
Six frames into the extractor with the cappings in the bag, we don't want to miss any of the honey.
Frames full of honey ready to go
Spin Spin Spin, this is actually surprisingly tiring!
All gone, now the honey is in the bottom ready to flow out into our bucket
Refinement number 1
Refinement number 2
And now we have to wait for 5 days FIVE DAYS before putting the honey in pots and enjoying it all winter! I need to design a label for it, and a name, any suggestions?
Lots of love