Comb Honey
Easy Sections
Cassette Sections
Selling Honey
Honey Shows
Extractors
Filtering Honey
Homogenising Honey
Creaming Honey
 
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Production of Honey

How a beekeeper manages bees to gain a honey crop and market it for human consumption.

Comb honey requires no extraction equipment and it's production is often practiced by newcomers to the craft, for the first few seasons of operation. It can be done with any type of hive including Top Bar Hives. There may be no equipment required, but the beekeeper is selling his comb along with his honey crop which may be a disadvantage if beeswax is required as a crop or useful by-product.

Squeezing and straining (pressing)... Is where the comb is cut up into chunks, placed in a cloth bag and the contents squeezed so that the honey passes through the cloth and drains into a suitable container. This may be the only sensible way to harvest some types of thixotropic honey like heather.

Sections whether round, square or rectangular can be very profitable, provided that your customers are educated enough and understand the value of good quality sections. Cassette sections also come into this category and are gaining in popularity among both beekeepers and their customers.

The majority of honey in the western world is 'extracted honey' that is put into various containers and jars. The combs are reusable and can be considered a capital resource. I have heard stories of extracting combs that are fifty years old and still going strong.

The 'extractors' page covers wax extractors as well as honey extractors and various methods of extraction.

The treatment of extracted honey to remove foreign bodies is dealt with under filtration.

Creaming and homogenising are methods of dealing with crystalised or granulated honey.

The amount of honey that a beekeeper can gather in a season, is heavily dependent on the skill and knowledge of the beekeeper concerned, this involves using the right type of bee for the conditions encountered as well as managing the bees development to match the availability of nectar in the surrounding crops. Beginners are at a disadvantage here and should realise that in their first few seasons, their crops are unlikely to equal the stories that many established beekeepers may tell of monster amounts of honey.

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