August 2, 2017

EXTRACTION TIME!  

Coming on time for the fall honey harvest.  The club’s extractor and associated equipment is presently at Tim Meyer’s (907-440-0841) and will be there until mid-August.  Then it will move to Loren Stormo’s house (406-544-3515).

Both of us are busy with our own late summer/early fall chores so if you are a club member and want to use the extractor please call and schedule as soon as you can.  That way Loren and I can work on scheduling our own chores around your extraction schedule.

I extracted about four gallons from 18 frames last week and it took most of an afternoon (I admit to doing other chores while the extractor ran and the honey drained through the filter into my bucket.)

Although the club’s equipment does include a 5 gallon bucket and a filter I would strongly suggest obtaining your own.  Most of the time for my extraction was waiting for the honey to run through the filter into the bucket.  Having your own would allow you to just take it with you while the last of the honey runs through the filter into your bucket.  Also note, if you are doing more than 18 frames it would be wise to have more than one honey collection bucket.  And don’t forget if you want to save the cappings wax you should have a small bucket to collect it.  (I’d be happy to take them if you don’t want them – I am building a solar oven to melt and filter my cappings.)

So please call me or Loren to schedule a date, gather your equipment, honey frames, and anything else you need and go for it.  I love it because it makes my shop smell so, so good.

Here are a couple of excellent documents that Loren wrote.  If you are going to use the club extractor, you need to read these BEFORE showing up at Tim or Loren's  house!  Preparing for Extraction  and Honey Extraction

FALL CLEAN UP

Feeding – If temperatures remain warm and your colonies are light, feed now! Honey is best feed, but sugar water will do. The “heft test” (lifting an edge of the colony to estimate its weight) is a good way to determine whether you need to feed.