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What a difference two weeks make


#1

Haven’t been in the hives for a couple of weeks with holidays. Thought a quick sqiuz was in order this morning and they are chockers with honey. Took what I could handle in one go (9 frames as I crush and strain) and will have to progressively rob them over the next week.

Good thing I checked…

Cheers
Rob.


#2

Hi & well done Rob, things seem to be slowly picking up around my way also. I might even get a few kilos of jellybush honey like I did this time last year.


#3

Just pulled another nine frames and put the earlier ones in the honey press. Looks like it will be a batch a day for this week and I will need to buy some more drums. Good problem to have.


#4

I extracted another 10 ideal frames yesterday… and today to my surprise I had a brood box open and it had a completely capped full depth frame of honey in it…so I swapped it out for some drawn comb and the honey is currently straining on the window sill.


#5

Rob, do you use a press?.. and do you filter with muslin/cheese cloth?


#6

Just use a rough press I made out of wood with a cloth bag. Its really ugly but simple and uses a car jack to do the actual pushing.


#7

Ok you’ve piqued my curiosity Rob, could you post more info on your DIY press please?


#8

Yep. I’ll get some photos for you.


#9

I imagine it to look like a bearing press… with a wooden box in the middle.

Also very keen to see this press :smiley:


#10

Show me this ugly thing


#11

I’m also looking forward to those photos. It sounds similar to an olive oil press.


#12

Just dumped the photos off my camera

Here are photos of the gravity strained honey (cut up + strained for 3 days)… all came from a single full depth (puffy) frame.

Also grabbed a photo of the Italian apple press I use with cheese cloth


#13

Don’t want to hijack the thread, but put the honey pressing extraction process up:
http://www.canberrabees.com/extracting-honey-with-an-apple-press/