It was another hot day, but slightly cooler than of late – ‘only’ 26° C, and as I have all but run out of supers, I had to do some extracting so I had some supers I could put back on the hives.

Extracting is a hot, sticky process however much you prepare. I donned an old pair of trousers, and an even older T-shirt – knowing that everything would get covered in honey, wax and propolis, then set to work.

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Immaculately clean extractor, strainer and food safe buckets at the ready
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Cranking the extractor
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The extractor loaded with 8 uncapped frames of honey
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The first dribbles of the sticky golden honey
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Every batch was checked for water content using a honey refractometer

It was an all-day job, with all the clean up etc, but we ended up with 80 litres of honey, and two large plastic bins filled with wax capping – quite pleased with that. I’ll be going round checking the hives and putting back the empty supers in the next couple of days, and I may even have some more that need extracting…..

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