We are as busy as bees here, literally. Mr. Taffy and Chocolate Taffy are apiarist’s. That’s a fancy word for bee keeper’s. (I feel like Fancy Nancy typing that.) This weekend they did a little honey spinning. At least that’s what I call it, it probably has a fancy name too.
This is a frame that is loaded with honey comb and honey that has been forked scratched to uncap the honey comb to let the honey ooze out.
This is the honey extractor. Four frames fit in there and it spins around really fast to spin the honey out. That’s why I call it “spinning honey.” Get it?
It’s REALLY loud!
Round and Round and Round it goes when it stops the honey flows!
This is hot and sticky business. We had to spin the honey in the closed garage because it’s warm (hot actually) and that keeps the honey flowing smoother and quicker and because if the bees smell the honey, they will come in and join the spinning party. They aren’t exactly welcome guests if you know what I mean.
After the frames are done spinning the honey is released out the trap door on the bottom of the spinner.
We filter our honey, but we don’t heat it. That way we get the health benefits of the raw honey without the dead bee parts and chunks of pollen floating around in it. You can see that the filtering bucket has a spigot on it also, sometimes we put it through another filter, sometimes we just put it right in the jars.
It’s glorious and it’s sticky and it’s messy and it’s aromatic. This is our second spin of the season and there’s more to come! Flow honey…flow!
Mrs. Taffy and the Busy Bee Keepers