Did my first extract for the year yesterday as things were getting a little full. I don't have an extractor, I just cut out the frames and mash then in the food press bucket and strain through a muslim wrap.
Problem is, I noticed on the cut out slices for mashing (profile view) that some cells were half filled with some sort of orangey/brown gunk and then topped with honey and then sealed.
I did notice that before the frames started to be filled, there were some occasional darkish cells. The bees didn't seem to mind.
What do you think... pollen in the super honey cells? Some grub or disease? Everything else seems fine. The hive is quite strong.
I thought the honey had a very slight odd smell when extracting, but my wife insists she can't tell anything's strange.
I have to do another two frames tomorrow so I'll try to get pics to help.