Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Honey Extraction

 A view inside the extractor. One frame is in place, ready to be spun. 
 The goal was to keep this [and its associated fur]:
Out of this:
 A frame of honey, right before extracting:
 And right after. Nice and clean (and empty!)
 We used a very low tech filtering method
 which worked fairly well...
 As long as you regulated the amount of liquid emerging from the extractor. 

 Look at the lovely dark color. Yum. 
 Mom and I talked a bit about the unusually dark honey this year. You might remember that we did two harvests last year: the early season harvest was quite light in both flavor and color, the late September harvest was dark and mysterious. Darker than this one. Mom's theory is that this year, due to the rainy summer, our bees weren't able to harvest much of the nectar that yields the lighter honey. Instead, late bloomers like blackberries were the primary sources of nectar and these result in a honey that is darker in both flavor and color.