Roe Valley Beekeepers Association
The RVBKA Honey Show was held on Thursday 5th October 2017 in the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly.
There were a total of 177 entries for this year up 41 from last year an excellent show congratulation to all exhibitors.
H1 6 jars extracted honey ( any type ) David McIntyre
H2 2 jars extracted honey ( light ) Susie Hill
H3 2 jars extracted honey ( Medium ) W McNeill
H4 2 jars extracted honey ( Dark ) Fidel Perez Duran
H5 2jars Ling Heather Honey A Moorcroft
H6 2 sections J duncan
H7 2 pieces of cut comb Mark Wallace
H8 frame for extraction N Bradley
H9 2 jars chunk honey Mark Wallace
H10 2 jars creamed honey N Bradley
H11 1 jar honey for tasting ( black jar ) D McIntyre
H12 block of beeswax Mark Wallace
H13 Beekeeping Artistry Lexie Duncan
H14 beekeeping artistry for children up to 10yrs no entries
H14 beekeeping artistry for children 11yrs to 15 A Quigley
N13 1 jar of extracted honey ( Novice ) A Quigley
N14 1 section of honey (novice ) no entries
N15 1piece of cut comb ( novice ) A Quigley
N16 1 jar for tasting ( novice ) Hugh Wright
A 17 photograph of a bee on flower A Quigley
A18 photograph beekeeping activity J Quigley
A19 honey cake G McConnell
A20 1 bottle of mead Jen Simpson
Novice with highest point Aimee Quigley
Highest Aggregate Point in Show (RVBKA) Mark Wallace
Highest Aggregate Point in show ( Open ) Mark Wallace
Supreme Run Honey from ( H1, H2, H3 or H4 ) David McIntyre
Best Exhibit of Show ( from classes H1 to H12) David McIntyre
Preparing Honey for Show
The thoughts of a honey show steward, courtesy Dave Atherton
Main requirements: Hunger to win, patience & remember to read the rules.
Start the season with new frames lightly vaselined
Face of comb should be proud of frame.
Make sure the section box and packaging are clean
Make a cutting template using a plaster cast
Use heated sharp knives to cut. Drain before placing in the container. Check weight.
Before extraction remove propolis to remove crystalisation foci.
Extract light before medium before dark
Strain then filter. Use fine filter (100tpi)
Heat to 120 oF for 2-3 days then 140 oF to clarify. Not too long to avoid HMF
Bottling must be perfect in matching jars, with clean lids.
Avoid bubbling, debris and crystalisation
Chunk needs to be 50%, cells angled upwards, no bubbles
Liquid honey should be same standard as Run honey and from same source as chunk
Prepare by pressing. Use the right cloth to get correct bubble size and distribution
Is it 100% ling?, is there contamination with wax fragments, check weight.
You’ll need 10% crystalising honey (eg OSR)blended with any light honey.
Strain then heat honeys seperately to 90oF overnight. Mix slowly together using eg a paint stirrer. Make sure there are no bubbles. Leave for a day, then bottle. Problems are insufficient setting or coarse crystal grain