I checked my late summer split nucs today and a few need some extra stores. I am wondering when I put in one gallon of 2:1 in the frame feeder how much that will convert to in caped frames of stores?
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I checked my late summer split nucs today and a few need some extra stores. I am wondering when I put in one gallon of 2:1 in the frame feeder how much that will convert to in caped frames of stores?
One quart of 1:1 on mini mating nucs this summer with half size deep frames gave me one mini frame, each side 1/3 full..
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It would depend on if they are still feeding brood or not. If they are just storing it I'd guess a gallon of 2:1 would do a single standard deep frame if it was already drawn out both sides.
So if you need four frames of additional feed-it should take about 4-5 gallons of 2:1
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10 lbs. added to hive weight.
How could something that doesnt weigh 10 lbs, add 10 lbs of weight? Or does a gallon of syrup weigh more than a gallon of any other liquid? Or are you calling a gallon of 2:1, 1 gallon of water with 8 lbs of sugar added to it, which would weigh around 16lbs. But is more than a gallon. Steve
2:1 syrup weighs almost as much as honey.
Which is how much a gallon?
about 12lbs per gallon
Ok then a gallon of honey weighs 12lbs, so then I guess that a gallon of 2:1 weighs close to 12lbs also.
I think I did a rough calc on 1:1 the other day sfisher, it was about 10lbs. I made a liter and it was 600g each sugar/water that made 1 liter volume.
Jeff
Also consider the reduction in weight when the syrup is cured by the bees. They will reduce the moisture content to about 17% before capping. Someone may know exactly what the percentage difference might be, but I would guess you would end up with 7-8 lbs of "capped" nectar per gallon of syrup fed. That is assuming they are not consuming any of it.
Maple syrup at 67 brix weighs 11 pounds. 2:1 is about 65 brix. So a gallon of 2:1 is about 11 pounds. Honey is 82 brix. The extra moisture in 2:1 has to be evaporated, which is part of the weight. Also, there must be a little shrinkage or consumption by the bees. So, I figure a gallon of 2:1 adds 8-10 pounds.
Thanks all for the answers! I assume some loss/shrinkage to feeding, but it is helpfull to know a target quantity of syrup to end up with an aprox. # of capped frames.
This is just how I do it. Small batch. Easier to handle.
Gallon of water weighs 8 lbs and some change. Ten lbs of sugar weighs,,,,,,,,,,,,LOL ten lbs, so, you need five pounds of water. Half a gallon (two quarts) weighs four pounds. I take a quart Mason jar and fill it to the top twice. It's close enough. The bees will process it to their moisture needs. If they took all the water out, and they don't, you would have 10 lbs. My deeps when full of honey weigh around 10 lbs. (more or less) What I figure, is every ten lbs of sugar syrup will give the bees at least one deep full.