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Help extracting end of summer

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:31 am
by zotter_bee
Hi All,

I'm a fairly new beekeeper, just one hive at the moment. But it looks like I'll have 2-3 filled medium supers by the end of the season this year. Can anyone help me extract this honey and lead me through my first session of how to do it correctly? I have some bottles and can get whatever I need beforehand (if someone can tell me what to get.) I can travel to wherever you do your extraction and provide an extra set of hands for your extraction in exchange for experience and help as well.

I know the Boulder extension will rent an extractor, I am hoping to locate someone with experience as well to help with the process.

Many thanks in advance,

Re: Help extracting end of summer

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:55 pm
by zotter_bee
Anyone ever used Urban Homesteading for their extraction needs? It looks promising for a hobbist and/or smaller beekeeper. You drop off your full frames, they uncap and extract in a commercial kitchen they rent, you pick up your honey and (empty) frames a day or two later. $.50 / lb to extract, you can also sell your honey to them for $2.50 / lb if desired. Has anyone tried this sort of method before? Seems like it might be an easy way to extract without having to do it all yourself.

Here's a link to Urban Homesteading in Denver:

Re: Help extracting end of summer

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:00 am
by Backyard Bees
Hi, Joe.

While we haven't used Urban Homesteading, extracting services like this are fairly common and worth checking out. It's a nice way to enjoy your first crop of honey without all the mess. Give them a try and let us know what you think.