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Friday, August 18, 2006

Filtering the honey


I bought a set of filters from Dadant. The crushed honey comb is currently being strained through the largest filter. The filters are designed to sit in a five gallon plastic bucket.

When I had transferred the crushed comb from 10 frames of honey, the filter was filled to the top. In the third picture you can see that the honey had filtered through to be about 1 1/2 inches deep in the 5 gallon bucket.

I left it straining and went to babysit my grandson for about 4 1/2 hours. When I returned the honey filled about half of the 5 gallon bucket with more still working its way through the filter.

The final picture in this post allows you to compare the comb and liquid honey when I started and the comb without much liquid when I came home.

Tomorrow morning, I hope the straining will be completed. Then I have to decide if I will strain it through a finer strainer??

Also tomorrow I plan to take the more beautiful honey from the 10 frames from the Destin hive and put it in jars as chunk honey, cutting the comb from the frame and putting it in jars.

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