Honey processing by the beehouse in Tsepelovo
Today we, the whole family that is, had an enlightening visit to the Beehouse in Tsepelovo village where Moses explained to us all steps involved in honey processing.
The following pictures describe each step that the bee keeper follows in order to process the honey towards the final product and it’s by-products.
STEP1: UNCAPPING – slicing off the cappings from the honeycombs
STEP 2: UNCAPPING TANK – the wet cappings drop onto a screen, and honey drips through to the bottom of the tank and out a spigot
STEP 3: HONEY EXTRACTOR – the uncapped combs are placed in the basket and the basket is turned by motor. Honey is flung out of the combs onto the sides of the tank and drains through a spigot
STEP 4: HONEY COLLECTOR – a large tank with a spigot, or “honey gate,” at the bottom. As honey settles in the tank, air bubbles and small debris rise to the top and can be skimmed off, allowing honey that is bottled from the honey gate to be clear and attractive
STEP 5: QUALITY CONTROL – checking the process in whole and testing the honey for it’s humidity content and various other crucial parameters
STEP 6: BOTTLING – the honey is pumped into jars or cans
This year’s crop includes honey from pine trees & honey from mountain flowers and oak honeydew. Both very special as the writer discovered …
If you are interested in having an introductory seminar around the honey cycle you can call Moses and have it arranged. For more information visit his site.