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Old 09-04-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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Good day to everyone!

Today is an exciting day. I am a technically 2nd year bee keeper but year one was a wild swarm that did not make it so 1st year successfull bee keeper or "beek". My bees have done so well. I have at minimum 3 more weeks of time for bees to harvest and possibly more in the year and my bees have filled 30 deep foundationless frames with honey or brood. Probably 18 of the frames are pure honey with most capped off and others still being worked on. I do not want to take much from my bees first year but thought it safe to harvest 1 capped frame and one partially capped frame and see what the honey is like.

I built a simple crush and strain device made of two food safe 5 gallon buckets, a honey gate to drain the strained honey off and a nylon paint strainer bag.

So far after only 10 - 15 min of letting the honey strain I filled two quart plastic jars or about 4.5lb of honey. Just think next year when I havest 10 - 15 frames full with honey. That could be 42 - 63 pounds of honey minimum! The honey is an in-city honey made up of what ever the city planted acros the highway and anything randomly planted in the residential area. The honey is really dark. Not like buckwheat but just much darker than anything at the super market here are a couple pics of one of the jars:

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Congrats - I am on year 4 and have 2 hives. I get about 4 gallons from each hive, each year. I have never used any chemicals and don't feed my hives. I leave at least a deep super full of honey on each over winter.

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Very cool. I actually plan on trying to do a couple splits next year and hope to raise a couple queens. Fingers crossed I can breed me a couple new hives next year.

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I made a two frame honey extractor that I would be glad to send you the instructions to make. PM me with an email address and I will send it. I tried to upload the doc as an attachment but it says it is too large.

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Congrats Aropolis, and on your control not to take all the honey and just feed them sugar water back. The first mead you make from this, make sure to save one bottle for a long long time, maybe open it when you put in your hundredth hive! This is how it gets started, you get one hive thru the first year, start planning on expanding, then the next year you will have some extra queens and so will get extra bees and before you know it you got 100 hives and can open that special first bottle WVMJ

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Very cool!

My grandpa used to be a beekeeper when I was a kid. We had a whole warehouse of them which we'd run from Washington to California.

He still keeps a few colonies in his garden. I always enjoy watching them when I visit

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Congrats Aropolis, and on your control not to take all the honey and just feed them sugar water back. The first mead you make from this, make sure to save one bottle for a long long time, maybe open it when you put in your hundredth hive! This is how it gets started, you get one hive thru the first year, start planning on expanding, then the next year you will have some extra queens and so will get extra bees and before you know it you got 100 hives and can open that special first bottle WVMJ
Ha Ha. I made my first mead from my honey last year and my daughter (8 years old at the time) already claimed a bottle to be saved for her graduation. I hope to make a batch every year and save a bottle so I can present her with a set, one from each year, when she gets married.
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