A moment I’ve been waiting for — for the past year and a half — happened this morning. I ate honey fresh out of a hive and right off the comb. It was a beautiful thing.
I got over 4 pounds of honey (1.8kg) from the single medium sized foundationless frame. I’m not sure how much of that is the weight of the wax. Some of the honey wasn’t capped (or fully cured), but I shook the frame upside-down to remove whatever nectar wasn’t honey yet, and there’s wasn’t much. So most of it was honey. If 4 pounds is the average amount of honey per frame (4 pounds seems like a large amount to me), then I’ll get over 100 pounds of honey from the three honey supers — if they’re filled before the honey flow ends. I think that’s being optimistic, but there you go. And that’s about it. I’ll have more to say after I harvest the rest of the honey in a few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a quick video of some of the comb being cut off the frame.
September 4th, 2011: I crushed and strained the honey. The liquid honey is coming in at about 1.5kg, which is a little over 3 pounds of honey. Three honey supers with 9 frames each would come in 81 pounds or 37kg of honey. We’ll see.
September 5th, 2011: My measurements were off. I got four bottles of honey from the single frame, approximately one pound per bottle.
September 24th, 2011: It doesn’t look like I’ll get that 81 pounds of honey. That was a best-case scenario. I just took a look at all the frames in all the honey supers. Most of them are not fully capped. I’ll still harvest most of it, but most of the frames aren’t nearly as thick and heavy with honey as the first frame I pulled. I’m guessing I’ll get about 50 pounds or less.