Category Archives: Step 5: Harvest the Honey

Bee and Food Demo

This last weekend we were asked by Chef Adam of Abbot’s Cellar to participate in a live-demo about bees, beer and food at the SF Ferry Building. We had a great time talking about the virtues of beekeeping and also incorporating some of last Fall’s harvest into the delicious winter vegetable recipe. Thanks to CUESA and Chef Adam for a really awesome day!

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Cam and chef Adam in front of the demo sign.

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The crowd asking questions about the cooking process—fresh comb on display.

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The frame as we uncap and served up tasting scoops of honey. Surrounded by fresh hops that
chef Adam ground into a fine powder for his fresh hops salt!

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Chef Adam talking through his process—a pretty amazing first-hand cooking lesson!

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Fall Harvest

At Abbot’s Cellar we’ve got so much stuff going on. A mite issue, an abundance of bees and a TON of honey. With 3 supers of honey and brood and two additional supers full of honey-bound frames. We’ve decided to harvest 1 super from each hive to provide enough space for the coming months (still beautiful and sunny here in SF) and also leave plenty honey for both hives for the winter. A few pics below from Chef Adam and the team doing a bang up job!

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Thanks to Hobson for the loan of the 9-frame mega-extractor! It’s so much more efficient!

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Summer Harvest At Hobson’s Hive—Part II

Here we see the gang getting down and dirty. Also, mad hands at the extractor wheel!

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Summer Harvest At Hobson’s Hive—Part I

When you’re juggling many hives, you have many harvests. This last weekend we got elbow-deep in honey with Hobson and crew. They were awesome, I simply whipped up the emotional support. Great job gang! Here we see the crew suiting up and removing the frames.

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Harvest—Part Deux

The crew at Abbot’s Cellar are super pro and knocked out the harvest in no time flat. The final yield was 43 lbs and they’re working now on reconfiguring the hive to allow for more space generally, but specifically adding more room ( a third super) below the queen excluder. We have a hunch that while there was tons of room in the hive, there might not have been enough room for brood! Immediate goal: Get the bees through the rest of the summer in tact. Back to the hives! IMG_0262IMG_0260 IMG_0259 imagejpeg_0

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Harvest

Amidst the chaos of the swarm from one of our hives on Abbot’s Cellar, we made the decision to harvest one super from each hive and also add an additional empty super to each. We were clearly running out of room and we want to be sure the ladies have plenty of space to grow into at the height of the summer. Here we go!

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PS. Big shout to Benjie for loaning us his honey extractor!

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Framed

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20 frames of capped honey ready to be harvested.

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The Cold Knife: Double Super Secret Harvest

In this video Cam explains and then demonstrates how to use the cold knife to cut the caps off the honeycomb.