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Offline goertzen29

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extracting frames with pollen in them?
« on: August 07, 2010, 03:28:46 PM »
I tried some top entrances this year and like the simplicity of them but they both have an interesting comb pattern.  The front 1/3 being filled with pollen and the back 2/3 filled with honey.  Just about every frame in the supers are like that.  Now that the honey is mostly capped I'm wondering if I can extract like this or will all the pollen come out of the comb with the honey?

Is this common for top entrances? 

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Re: extracting frames with pollen in them?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 03:39:13 PM »
i don't know about your entrance question, but i wouldn't worry about the pollen.  most people would consider it a + in their honey.  if you are straining it as you extract, you'll get the big bits. 
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Re: extracting frames with pollen in them?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2010, 07:23:41 PM »
I guess I was wondering if the pollen would come out in chunks which would filter out nicely or little bits which may not.  I'm not opposed to pollen in my honey I just don't think I want big chunks if it and I just run my honey through window screen so it only get the big stuff.

Also I noticed some of the pollen appears to have honey on top of it, so I was wondering if that would flavor my honey?

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Re: extracting frames with pollen in them?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010, 11:16:06 PM »
The pollen will not come out.  You need to match pollen combs on opposite sides of the extractor to balance it.
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