So, it is honey time again (twice a year). There is a lot less honey this year and we decided to not remove too much either so the hives stay strong for winter. The kitchen is turned into a lab for the honey over two days.
These are the frames that are full of honey.
The front and back of the frames have a wax covering. This wax is removed with a knife (called uncapping). It is done over the metal "bin" frame holder on the left. The wax falls below and will be transformed into candles after melting and filtering out the impurities.
The frames are placed in the honey extractor. Our extractor is electric and will spin in both directions to get out all the honey.
From the base tap, we remove the honey which goes through a series of three filters, which removes wax and impurities.
Then, through the final filter and into the settling tank for a few days so as to let the impurities rise to the top.
Here, it will stay for two days before the top is skimmed and then, using the tap below, put into jars.
Two days later!