Today the Bee Guild hosted the annual Extractaganza, where we all get together to extract some honey and have a yummy potluck lunch, then invite the public in to see how it's done.
Right off the bat, Dave showed us how to sterilize the bottles by dipping them in a solution and letting them air-dry. Some day, I'll want to sell our honey and this will be important. But right now, when the honey is just for us, I plan to use canning jars that will be washed in the dishwasher.
The set-up for actually extracting the honey is pretty simple. A utility sink is ideal, because it has the drain in the bottom to catch all of the honey and cappings that drip out. The board across is so you have something to lean the frames on.
Once the extractor is turned on (or cranked, if it's not an electric one), the honey starts to flow. It's amazing to see, and I confess I can't wait until it's OUR honey that's flowing!