We were able to borrow back the same extractor we used in 2008 when we first spun honey. A hand crank job that fits 4 Deep frames tangentially. We tried using a capping knife for the first time. Warmed it up on a hot plate before using it on a frame. It didn't do that great so we went back to the capping fork. The knife cut off a lot of wax & cooled down too quickly. Though it was extremely sharp! The neighbor lent us her capping bucket too.
|Uncapping a Deep Frame|
|Outside at the Spinning Party|
The bottling didn't go as planned. I thought the spout on the beer bucket would be great but it was to narrow. The honey was too thick to flow quickly; like 30 minutes to fill a pint jar!!! So I ladled it. Which is fine. The kids got another spoon to lick clean.
|Filling a pint jar|
I think the main reason the bees didn't make more honey was the screwy main flow. The Poplars always bloom at once by the millions. That, of course, draws all the bees to the trees. This year the trees bloomed Almost singularly. One would pop then another later on. It lasted longer but nothing ever got the bees motors running. The bees would instead concentrate on some non-major flow sources. Also those darn Queen Excluders. I thought clipping the sides would help, and it did, but not enough. Lets see what I come up with next year. Hopefully I've learned my lesson but I can be a bit thick.
|Not the most but definitely the Best!|
|Nom nom nom nom...|