We harvested the first Bramblestone Farm honey for 2016 last weekend, and it looks like it’s going to be another good year. We pulled 40 frames from the hives for extraction already, and there’s a lot more where that came from.
We used the same process this year as we did last year:
1st Step – Clean Up
The first step is to get everything cleaned, and set-up for extracting the honey from the comb. The process isn’t hard, but it does take a bit of time.
We extract the honey in the garage with all the doors and windows closed, otherwise the bees would join us and try to take back all the honey we removed from their hives. Because all the doors and windows are closed, it can get pretty warm in the garage – so it’s not an easy job.
2nd Step – Uncapping Honey Cells
Below are the tools we use for uncapping the honey cells, an electric knife and scratcher.
This is the centrifuge that spins the honey out of the comb cells.
Here’s what the centrifuge looks like on the inside, it has slots to hold the frames while spinning.
This is what the capped comb looks like coming out of the hive in a “super” (the box holding the frames).
Here’s an individual frame ready for uncapping the honey cells.
This is how the electric knife is used to remove the caps from the honey cells.
This is how the scratching tool is used to open up any cells that the electric knife missed.
3rd Step – Spinning Honey
Here are the uncapped frames loaded into the centrifuge.
4th Step – Straining
After spinning, the honey is drained into buckets fitted with a coarse filter to begin straining.
Final Step – Bottling!
And is finally bottled.
We have honey again, and it’s delicious! Pure, local wildflower honey – we’ve bottled 79 bottles so far, and we’re still bottling. It’s $9.00 per pound container, and it looks like we’ll be entering it in the Medina County Fair again!