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How to Extract honey from a beehive

 

Here is a quick and easy tutorial with a video that shows you the process of how honey is removed from a beehive. This process is called extraction and there are a lot of different ways to do it but this is the standard way.

 

It is amazing how much honey you can get from a single hive. For this video I simply used three frames and I got quite a bit of honey.

Here is an overview of the process:

Step 1: Remove a full frame of honey from the hive.

Step 2; Brush off the Bees.

Step 3: Using a hot knife or an uncapping knife remove the tops of the comb rightoff the frame. You just want to remove as little wax as possible to open up the hexagonal shaped comb and all the honey it contains. You can use a large serrated knife and dip it in very hot water for this. They do sell uncapping hot knives too.

 

 

 

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