how many full medium frames are needed till its worth it to extract?

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  1. adamant

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    new bk here. how many framed do u wait till before u extract?
     
  2. Iddee

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    1 if I only want a quart of honey.

    Otherwise, when a super is fully capped, I remove it and freeze it, wrap it in plastic and store it in the basement until I feel like extracting. It may be one or a full season's harvest by the time I extract.
     

  3. Bsweet

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    This is where its nice to have a SMALL extractor so you can spin a few frames without crankin up the ole 20 frame high speed unit. Jim
     
  4. tecumseh

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    there would be some significant geographical variation to the proper answer here.

    really the concern is moisture and/or not fully ripened honey. in some locations due to general humidity conditions and types of nectar sources you are running the risk in not waiting till a super is fully or nearly fully capped to extract.
     
  5. adamant

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    thank you

    so it wont hurt to keep it on there till the other is fully capped?
     
  6. Iddee

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    It won't hurt to leave it on there until next year. Honey doesn't go bad on the hive.
     
  7. efmesch

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    It doesn't go bad in the bottle either :grin:. For that matter, so long as it is in any container that won't let it absorb moisture, it won't go bad. It may crystalize, but that's not going bad, just hard. Somewhere in the back of my stores I have a boottle that must be at least 20 years old. I'm sure it's still "A Okay"
     
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    Hopefully, 20 years from now I'll be able to say the same thing! :)
     
  9. Zulu

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    If you google honey and pyramids , you will find reference to them finding honey which was still ok.

    I am not how real this was , as almost all sites refer back to a single source , but it is good urban legend