Uncapped honey

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by lindnova, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. lindnova

    lindnova New Member

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    Back in early June I was thinking I would get none to a few frames of honey this year - one feral colony in old box that I cleaned up and managed to help along. The colony is doing very good and has one full and one 3/4 full deep supers above the excluder. The top brood box has 8 full frames and the lower brood has some good stores around the edges. Good goldenrod flow going on now.

    ‚ÄčThinking I would get to harvest some honey, but all the frames in the supers only have 75% of the cells capped. The lower cells are not capped. Some have been this way since June. It has been hot and humid this year, but other beekepers have already harvested. I need to talk to locals about this also. I shook the frames and nothing drips out. Other than getting a refractometer to know for sure what are the chances of success in harvesting this honey. Could I spin the uncapped out before removing the caps then spin the capped honey?
     
  2. ibeelearning

    ibeelearning Member

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    If you are only taking a few frames for you own use, you could just uncap as usual and spin once. I am assuming you are leaving stores for the bees to overwinter on.
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    should be ok, if 70% capped the rest is probably ready for harvest too. Spin, give bees the frames back for the goldenrod harvest
     
  4. lindnova

    lindnova New Member

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    Thanks! I was hoping to get that news. I plan for my own use and some Christmas presents, but not selling any.

    Yes I am leaving a third deep for them along with what they have stored in the two bottom deeps. I am hoping to have them up in the top box come spring and throw away the old dirty frames in the lower boxes.
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Unless 3rd year broodcomb I would keep for spring flow. Bees will clean
     
  6. lindnova

    lindnova New Member

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    The combs are from an abandoned hive and are about 15 years old. Time to get rid of them.
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Definitely then. Combs from an abandoned hive can have lots of nasties in them