How long to settle?

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  1. ablanton

    ablanton New Member

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    Ok, so I finished my first extraction about 1am this morning. How long should I wait before it has settled enough to bottle?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    If you have it settling in a clear container you will be able to judge when it is clear enough for your tastes. If you want it reasonably clear and it is in a warm area, 48 hours is a pretty good bet.
     

  3. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    I usually bottle after 24 hours, but I only bottle as much as I need right then. The bubbles are rising and your bottling tank drains from the bottom, If you are going to bottle all that you've extracted, then 48 or more is good, like Perry says. I usually leave mine in the bucket till I need it.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    If you're feeling impatient and not planning to sell any of the honey, you can bottle right away after filtering. Bubbles, wax, etc. will continue to rise in the bottle and since (if properly filtered) it's only a matter of esthetics, you can use the honey and after a few days in the bottle scrape off the top layer after it has cleared to the top.
     
  5. ablanton

    ablanton New Member

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    Thanks, everyone!