Honey extracting

Honey extracting kit for hire

CBKA honey extracting equipment

CBKA extracting equipment

We have two honey extracting kits for hire to Conwy BKA members @ £5 per week, plus £5 deposit.

Each kit consists of a 3-frame extractor in a box, a 13mm ring spanner, a double strainer and a settling tank.

The kits are stored in Dwygyfylchi near Penmaenmawr, and they can be booked from Hazel Jones, email treforris@googlemail.com

Please check that the kit is clean and complete and in working order before you hire it.

You are responsible for the safe and prompt return of all the equipment in a clean state.

You will need to provide

  1. A simple uncapping tray.
  2. An uncapping fork, or a bread knife and a means to warm it, say a washing up bowl full of hot water.
  3. Honey jars and lids, available from Peter McFadden.
  4. Labels.
  5. Kitchen scales, preferable electronic.
  6. A stand for the settling tank.

Safety

  1. Be aware of hot knives and moving parts.
  2. Before use, check that the two nuts on the extractor cross beam are tight, using the spanner provided, and check that the yellow handle turns freely.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the extractor, and if in doubt, ask for help.
  4. Note that combs are loaded and unloaded into the extractor using only the front plastic lid. The rear lid is permanently closed.

Instructions

  1. Check that the equipment is clean, and the workplace is suitable for food handling.
  2. Place extractor on the floor. Check honey tap is closed!
  3. Uncap both sides of a comb of honey.
  4. Place three combs in extractor and close lid.
  5. Hold extractor firmly, and spin handle until about half the honey is removed from one side of the combs.
  6. Turn the combs round and spin all the honey from the other side.
  7. Turn the combs round again and spin the first side fully. This should avoid breaking the combs.
  8. do not allow honey to rise above the bottom bearing of the extractor.
  9. Place empty combs back in super.
  10. Continue until completed.
  11. With extractor on a worktop and settling tank below, fit double strainer to settling tank.
  12. Check settling tank honey tap is closed.
  13. Tap off honey into strainer.
  14. Warning! Honey flows silently. It does not gurgle! Do not allow strainer or settling tank to overflow.
  15. When complete, place settling tank on a stand on the worktop. Fit lid and leave for approx 48 hours to settle.
  16. Wash extractor and strainer thoroughly. See notes below. Do not leave out in the garden for the bees to clean! This may cause robbing from your hives.
  17. Wash jars.
  18. Place empty jar on scales and tare to zero.
  19. Fill jars on the scales to minus 0 / plus ½ ounce tolerance.
  20. Fit lid and label.
  21. Wash out the settling tank.
  22. We suggest you store full jars of honey in a blue plastic mushroom box, which holds 15 jars. Ask at your local supermarket.
  23. Store in a cool, dark place. Honey may ferment if stored in a centrally-heated room.

Afterwards

  1. Clean all equipment thoroughly and return the kit in the boxes promptly. Open the extractor tap before placing in the box.
  2. Place super of wet combs back on a hive of bees above a crown board. The bees will repair and clean the combs. Check that hive entrance is reduced to prevent robbing. Remove super of dry combs via a Porter escape after a few days, and store in a dry place, using Certan spray to protect the combs from wax moth.
  3. Place wax cappings in a feeder above a crown board in an empty super on a hive of bees for the bees to clean. Remove clean dry wax for candle-making etc.

To dismantle the extractor for cleaning

  1. Do not attempt to dismantle the yellow gear mechanism.
  2. Lift up front lid. Slide to right and remove.
  3. Using spanner provided, remove two 13mm nuts.
  4. Lift off two yellow brackets and rear guard.
  5. Lift complete cage mechanism from tank.
  6. Clean thoroughly. DO NOT LOSE THE STEEL BALL IN THE DRUM BEARING. IT CAN EASILY FALL OUT.
  7. Reassemble cage to tank. Check that the shaft is correctly located in the bottom bearing.
  8. Refit rear guard and two yellow brackets, without using any force.
  9. Refit two nuts and front lid. The lid must be in the open position when fitting. Check that the lettering on the lid is the right way round, or it will not fit.
  10. Check handle turns freely.

Please report any problems and let us have your comments.

Please remember that you are responsible for any damage.

Peter McFadden
Conwy BKA
September 2013

5 Responses to Honey extracting

  1. elise herout says:

    Hello,
    I am a beekeeper outside Chicago, Illinois (55 miles) and am attempting to assist our club with updating some club documents. We recently obtained extracting equipment, hoping to be able to lend/rent it to members. As the uncapping knife and extractor is electric(6frame), some are concerned about the potenetial for liability. Remember, we are in the United States and love to sue people for injuries though our club members seem very nice so far….does your association require any other documents or insurance for members to use your equipment? Any insight is appreciated. I do realize laws are different but I do like your complete instructions to users of the equipment.

    Thanks,
    Elise herout

    • admin says:

      Hi Elise

      Are you concerned about injury using the equipment, or possible contamination of the honey?

      • secretary says:

        Thanks for your message. We are concerned about possible injury, but the extractor instructions are quite clear, and users can access them from our website, rather than rely on printed instructions which may become torn or lost. We only have manual extractors.
        Users are recomended tro check that the equipment is clean when they borrow it, and when they return it. Contamination of the honeyshould not be a problem.

      • elise herout says:

        hi,

        Thanks for your reply. Actually, you bring up a great point as I was more concerned with injury and liability from use of the equipment but contamination opens up a whole new issue. I agree that thorough instructions and training need to be involved. Additionally, there is the issue of moving the equipment as we have no central spot to extract; would be done at the user’s facility. Appreciate the insight.

    • secretary says:

      Thanks for your message. Small world isn’t it!
      We only lend out manual extractors and we recommend users use a bread knife or an uncapping tool. We do not lend out any electrical equipment. Some BKA’s here have a fixed electric extractor. Members bring their honey supers to a central extracting room, and extract their honey and take buckets of honey home to settle and bottle. There may be safety problems with the equipment if users are using it unsupervised. I presume they would have received training. This is an expensive option, because the extracting room has to pass public hygiene inspection. We prefer to buy low-cost manual equipment, which members take home. If demand increases we can buy more extractors and site them in different locations to reduce travelling.
      We do not require extractor users to be insured

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