September 1, 2007 – Honey Extraction

Today is the day that beekeeper gj gets the rewards of her labors!  We gather the frames in the middle of the day and put them in the back of the truck and park it miles away.  After dark and the bees are in bed, we warm up the garage to about 85 degrees and start extracting.

The first step is to take the wax caps off the combs.  Emma has grabbed a frame and is slicing off the caps (wax) with a warm knife.

The frames are put into the extractor, four at a time and spun around by hand.

At the bottom of the extractor, Martin is the “gatekeeper” and manages the honey coming out of the extractor and makes sure the filters don’t spill over.

one year ago…