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RandGraham
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« on: October 12, 2005, 11:52:07 AM »

I currently use a double knee high nylon to filter my honey. I place one nylon inside the other and then pour the honey through it into a pail. I do it this way because a fellow beekeeper showed me how.

I am thinking about just using one nylon to try to let more pollen through into the honey.

What to other people use and why?
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005, 12:37:08 PM »

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I am thinking about just using one nylon to try to let more pollen through into the honey.


That will not succeed. There is no use to let pollen into honey. Pollen are in little crumbs, not like dust. You will get all kind of wax to cover you honey and that is not the idea.

Bee stomack has a sieve which catch pollen from honey in "honey stomach".

The final operation is to clean honey from little wax and pollen crumbs with greaseproof paper. You put it on  honey surface and crumbs stuck to it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005, 03:00:15 PM »

A member of our bee club told me to use a fabric called organza, available un-dyed at most fabric shops.  It works very well for straining honey and is faster than using sweatshirt material.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2005, 03:59:11 PM »

I use nylon paint strainers (for 5 gal paint bucket) .  Cheap and at Home Depot paint department.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2005, 09:59:51 AM »

I just run mine through a screen and call it good.  Yes, there is some wax that rises to the top but I don't filter out anything but chunks of wax.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2005, 10:17:12 AM »

Michael,
Do you sell any of your honey? Do the customers mind a little bit of wax?

-Rand
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2005, 03:20:26 PM »

I use the stainless 400-600 micron strainer that you would see in any of the mags.  I think it was like $40.00, and does a nice job.  Sits on top of the bucket, and strains the honey from the spinner into the bucket.  I draw the honey for bottling from the bottom of the bucket after it sits for a couple of days so what ever floats up ends up in the last few jars.  We use the last few jars for home use or give a way.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2005, 04:27:05 PM »

>Do you sell any of your honey?

Yes.

>Do the customers mind a little bit of wax?

Mine want raw honey.  They don't want it filtered and they don't want it heated.  And they don't mind a bit of wax or pollen in it.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2005, 10:28:33 PM »

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 They don't want it filtered .


OK! If someone can make profit with wax crumbs, it is art of business.

My customers valuate clean honey and are intressed if honey is soft or hard.
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