THE FOLLOWING WAS LAST UPDATED ON DEC. 14, 2011.
Here’s a 2-minute video that shows another beekeeper, then us, extracting some honey a few days ago:
See Extracting Honey for all the details.
UPDATE (Nov. 06/11): It’s been a month since we extracted and bottled the honey — and it’s still cloudy. All the honey we bottled from crushing and straining earlier in September turned perfectly clear easily within 10 days of bottling (it looks like apple juice). I’m not sure why the extracted honey hasn’t become clear, though I suspect it’s because it was inevitably mixed with a different type of honey that was left over in the extractor before we used it.
UPDATE (Dec. 14/11): See Cloudy Honey for a fuller explanation.
UPDATE (July 06/12): If I ever get my own extractor, I might uncapped the honey using this method. It’s brilliant.
I don’t like anything that heats the honey, but the quick heat from the heat gun (I didn’t even know those things existed) can’t be much worse than the heat from a decapping knife.