My 2012 Harvest Part 1

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by PerryBee, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    It's not much, around 7 supers (split hard so no surprise).
    Given I still don't have a honey house (yet :roll:) I went ahead with good ole Betsy. No fancy set-up this year. Sigh!
    Anyways, it was fun!

    I use a cookie sheet for uncapping (it supports 4 corners of a frame). I use a capping scratcher but don't actually scratch the cappings, I skim along under them and lift them off (less damage to comb). Spin 'em out, taking samples with the spoon and checking them with my refractometer. Good to go!
     

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  2. litefoot

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    That's a very interesting way to decap. I used the skim and lift method on the cappings that weren't drawn out past the edge of the frame, but that was while balancing on a nail above a home-made tank. Laying it across a cookie sheet seems easier. How do you scrape off the cappings? Oh, never mind, I just looked at the first pic with the spatula and bowl. Thanks for the good ideas. Like your extractor!:wink:
     

  3. Omie

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    Very nice, Perry! Thanks for the good pix! :coolphotos:
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Oh --does that honey look good !!! And 16.9% moisture--that's great.
    Whoever gets your honey is in for a treat. :grin:
     
  5. Barbarian

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    Un-capping

    Nice series of pics. Thanks Perry.

    I have just worked out that I have tried 5 different ways of manual un-capping. At the moment, I am scratching a vertical frame on a nail above a tank/bowl. My very subjective thoughts are, that it is quick and I get less honey sticking to the cappings that fall into the bowl.

    Each to his own, :smile:
     
  6. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    perry said:
    "It's not much, around 7 supers"

    silly beek, 7 SUPERS OF PERRY'S GOLD !!!! :yahoo:
     
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    I thought the same thing River, 7 supers is more than I have extracted total this season...Nice uncapping skills Perry...
     
  8. Papakeith

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    :clapping:Nice! 7 supers is 70 frames is 140 sides is 280,000 cells filled with Perry's Honey! Saying it's not much is an understatement.