Harvesting honey can be a great benefit of beekeeping. To help sustain their bees, responsible beekeepers generally put supers only on strong colonies and remove them early enough in the season that bees can build up sufficient supplies to over-winter.
Honey Labeling Requirements:
The National Honey Board has posted honey labeling requirements, along with helpful information on honey testing. To learn more, click here, or visit: http://www.honey.com/honey-industry/honey-testing-and-regulations/honey-labeling.
Removing Honey Supers:
For a quick overview of how to remove honey supers, click here, or visit: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-remove-the-bees-from-the-honey-supers-in-yo.html
Annual LCBA Honey Spinning Workshop / Party:
Each September, LCBA hosts a honey spinning workshop/party. Click here for photos from our 2012 event. A number of members have extractors (some electric powered, some hand cranked), uncapping knives and tanks, as well as strainers: newbees are welcome to bring their super frames. Dates & locations appear in the August newsletter.
Want to Make Your Own Extractor?
LCBA members Michelle and Clay Whitehead made their own extractor: see photos at right.
They report: "We found plans for a two frame extractor and enjoyed a joint project to fabricate the whirling beast. It took about 8 hours effort over 2 days. It worked very well with a 1/2 inch electric drill on low speed and care to not over-spin the frames. We made it for about $80 in materials so it was worth the effort. A four frame extractor would be faster than a two frame, but we are not trying to be a commercial outfit. It works for us as it is a fun activity, not an arduous task. It does get messy, and clean up takes a lot of work . . . [but] we can be independent and spin a few frames at a time whenever available at any time over the season."
For slideshows & discussions of uncapping & extracting honey, click here to visit our Mentors/Workshops/Classes page.
Below, photos by Clay & Michelle Whitehead of their do-it-yourself honey extractor & results: