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Author Topic: Extracting and bottling losses.  (Read 910 times)
bernsad
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« on: October 24, 2011, 07:11:11 AM »

Just had my first major extraction, ie. more than 2 frames, and I'm wondering how much honey gets wasted or lost in the processing? Do you patiently wait for every last drop to drip off your equipment or scrape it all down? Do you have so much honey around that you just don't care and you happily wash a portion down the drain when you clean up?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 07:19:38 AM »

When I first started and I had very little honey to extract, I tried to save every drop. Now that I have more to extract I try not to waste any but I don't loose any sleep over some waste. Depending on how much time you want to spend, you can recover almost all that is extracted.


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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 08:29:22 AM »

I just place all my extracting equipment outside for the bees to clean up-so technically only what the yellow jackets and wasps eat is wasted.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2011, 12:00:31 AM »

I try not to waste any - i figure the bees have put a lot of effort in to making it - i often let it sit over night to drain fully
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2011, 06:35:08 AM »

Yeah, I was trying not to waste any but I figured there had to come a point where you say enough is enough.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 10:31:41 AM »

We dont really waste much. Buy some flyscreen and a white bucket and crush everything (capping, wax, drips from your gear) and strain it. We just eat this ourselves rather than bottle and sell.

Wife boils all capping, wax etc on the bbq and it just dries into a big wheel of wax.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2011, 05:47:50 PM »

You never need to lose any hunny

I run my cappings through a filter/strainer/sieve

Then put the residue out for the Bees to clean up and recycle
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 05:15:10 AM »

Wife boils all capping, wax etc on the bbq and it just dries into a big wheel of wax.

Just in a big pot? Does the wax come up fairly clean after this? I was thinking about building a solar wax melter but that might be easier.
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 04:07:34 AM »

Make the area nice and warm, flowing honey drips faster and freeer.
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