making comb honey

Discussion in 'Organic Beekeeping' started by fatbeeman, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. fatbeeman

    fatbeeman New Member

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    hello
    just thought I would post how to make gourmet honey in qt jars. go to me web page
    www.DixieBeeSupply.com there's lot of learning videos there.
    Don
     
  2. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Cool little video Don.
    How do you make sure all bees are out of the jar when you want to collect it and screw the lid on?
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Don, that is a nifty idea, thanks for posting the link. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Marbees

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    Don, thanks for sharing. Really appreciated. :thumbsup:
     
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    efmesch Active Member

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    If you could edit the video and add on a picture showing the finished product, you'd be ready to pick up an Oscar.
     
  6. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Neat idea. Thanks.
     
  7. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Still wondering how to get all the bees out of the jar when you go to harvest it.
     
  8. d.magnitude

    d.magnitude New Member

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    I'd been thinking about this idea for a while, it's good to see that somebody else is actually doing it. I think I came across the idea looking at illustrations in a book by Langstroth, or one of the other real old-timers.

    I thought I would use straight sided wide-mouth jars, so that the comb could be cut out by the user. It might look less impressive though (less of a ship-in-a-bottle look). I never did see a finished product... c'mon Don.

    To clear the bees out, perhaps you could rig up a thin shim to go under the board holding the jars, and then an escape board under that. Other than that... I don't know, drumming?

    -Dan
     
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    RayM
    Very nice links

    Thanks
    Tommyt
     
  10. kebee

    kebee Active Member

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    Thanks for the links, has giving me some ideas maybe to use next year after I have learn a little more on helping my bees to make it, make the honey and package it too.

    Kebee
     
  11. RayMarler

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    I've not done this myself, but a friend of mine tried it last year when I told him about the process. He ran an 8 frame deep and a medium as the brood nest and put the jars on top of that, covered by an empty super for to keep the jars in the dark. The bees drew out all 12 pint jars with beautiful comb honey. He did not put anything in the jars as a starter at all and the bees still went in and filled the jars with comb honey.
     
  12. Marbees

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    Thanks Ray, great links, gotta try on one hive this summer
     
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    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for this. I will try it out!
     
  15. fatbeeman

    fatbeeman New Member

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    its a old idea we did when I was a kid my self. I forgot lot of the old ways as I can remember them I 'll post them.
    Don
     
  16. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    this is another old way of doing comb honey, but this is not using jars, just empty frames. it works. with imperfect peices you can put these into jars and fill them with honey. i posted this in another thread....just can't find it right now! :lol:

    okay i just rechecked my video......it ain't working! so will get it working!

    working now.....sorry....dunno what happened?!

    [video=youtube;xval9IFV2_I]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xval9IFV2_I[/video]
     
  17. tecumseh

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    great little 'how to' video riverbee. I kind of do it in this same fashion although I sometimes use baby nuc frames and always use plain beewax foundation in the frames. for me even medium or shallow frames will work since I package the stuff up in wide mouth pint jars and fill the empty space with extracted honey. I also 'freeze' the frames for a minimum of 24 hours before I cut the stuff up.
     
  18. Omie

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    Like Riverbee, I prefer foundationless for comb honey- I don't want to chew or eat any commercially made foundation- even the thin stuff! =8-\

    Tecumseh- does freezing affect the pretty powdery whiteness of the cappings at all?
     
  19. riverbee

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    omie, i don't freeze the frames like tecumseh does, but i do freeze the packages. i usually cut the frames as soon as they are removed from the hive, let them drain, package, put a ziplock over the package and then freeze it. the cappings stay very white this way, (and kills any wax moth larvae that may be present).