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How to Brew Mead from Your Beehive’s Honey

Mead is a wine made from honey instead of grapes. It was the liquor of the Greek gods and is thought by scholars to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage. In early England and until about 1600, mead [more…]

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles are desirable; unlike paraffin, they don’t drip, don’t sputter, and don’t smoke, but they do burn a long time. You can make three basic types of candles from beeswax: rolled, dipped, and [more…]

Choosing the Type of Honey You Will Harvest from Your Beehive

What style of honey do you plan to harvest from your beehive? You have several different options. Each impacts what kind of honey harvesting equipment you purchase, because specific types of honey can [more…]

Choosing Equipment for Extracting Honey from Your Beehive

When you’re ready for your honey bees to start producing honey from your beehive, you need to get hold of the appropriate kind of honey-extracting equipment. Tools are available from beekeeping suppliers [more…]

How to Brand and Sell Your Own Honey

As a beekeeper, you may want to sell your honey. And you may want to give some advanced thought to the branding you’ll put on it. Selling your honey can create a nice little supplement to your regular [more…]

How to Know When to Harvest Honey from Your Beehive

Generally speaking, beekeepers harvest their honey at the conclusion of a substantial nectar flow and when the beehive is filled with cured and capped honey. Conditions and circumstances vary greatly across [more…]

How to Remove the Bees from the Honey Supers in Your Beehive

Regardless what style of honey you decide to harvest, you must remove the bees from the honey supers before you can extract or remove the honey. You’ve heard the old adage, “Too many cooks spoil the broth [more…]

How to Extract Honey From Your Beehive

Extracting honey is easier to do when the honey is still warm from the beehive as it flows much more freely. Follow this procedure when extracting honey from your hive frames: [more…]

How to Extract Wax From Your Beehive

When you extract honey, the cappings that you slice off represent your major wax harvest for the year. You’ll probably get one or two pounds of wax for every 100 pounds of honey that you harvest. This [more…]

3 Cool Items You Can Make with Propolis

Propolis (sometimes called “bee glue”) is the super‐sticky, gooey material gathered by the bees from trees and plants. The bees use this brown goop to fill drafty cracks in the hive, strengthen comb, and [more…]

Making Beauty Products from Beeswax

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own creams, salves, and balms with beeswax from your hives. Honestly, the best thing about making your own body products is that you know what is in them [more…]

Realistic Expectations for Your Honey Harvest

In your first year, don’t expect too much of a honey harvest. Sorry, but a newly established colony doesn’t have the benefit of a full season of foraging. Nor has it had an opportunity to build its maximum [more…]

Comb Honey Harvesting Equipment

Harvesting comb honey boils down to two basic equipment choices, using section comb cartridges or the cut‐comb method. Either works fine. You need special equipment on your hives to produce these special [more…]

Harvesting Equipment for Top-Bar Beehives

Harvesting honey out of top‐bar hives (such as a Kenyan or Warre hives) involves a different approach. You don’t use an uncapping knife and an extractor, because you don’t have durable four‐sided wooden [more…]

Planning Your Extracted Honey Harvest Setup

Giving some thought to where you plan to extract and bottle your honey is important. You can use your basement, garage, tool shed, or even your kitchen. You don’t need a big area. If you have only a few [more…]

Varietal Honey from Around the World

There are beekeepers out there who harvest honey from a single floral source called varietals or uni-floral honeys. Granted, there needs to be several acres of that single floral source, and the bees must [more…]

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