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  1. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    Hops can be used fresh (within 24hrs of picking) or they need to be dried otherwise they will mold/rot. A fresh hopped beer is much different than a beer brewed with dried hops. All the beers use...
  2. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    My poles are 16 ft 4x4's put 2.5 in the ground with concrete in a post sleeve. They will grow up and over, but that doesn't seem to affect them. I have 4 plants per pole and a system to raise and...
  3. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    I grow hops in SE Iowa. Most varieties grow very well. They do need full sun though. Their bines follow the sun and wrap in a clockwise manner because of it.

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    Re: Liability Insurance

    Some homeowners insurance may cover it. I got mine through Farm Bureau. In fact, I switched from State Farm because they wanted almost 5 times as much!!
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    Any bred queens available?

    I'm am in need of 4 bred queens. Seems like everyone I contact is sold out. Anyone know of a reputable source that has bred queens available immediately?

    Thanks!
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    Re: wood duck box hive

    I have done several. If you can take it down, cover the entrance and bring it to where you are going to place the hive and do it there. If you are going to get it in the evening, make sue to open...
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    Re: Aerating Wine / Mead While Fermenting

    I aerate at the beginning right before pitching yeast in mead and beer. The yeast take up the O2 for division and reproduction. Adding O2 after the initial stage can result in acetobacter formation...
  8. Re: Gonna split like crazy next year to prevent swarming!!

    Anyone split there doubles in half when they start to build up adding a second box to both and a queen or cell to the one without? I personally thought that would be too aggressive, but on a year...
  9. Gonna split like crazy next year to prevent swarming!!

    Made some nucs from splits from my strong hives, some of which still swarmed. I had a single deep overwinter and built it up to a double deep this spring. It is now one of my strongest hives! Had...
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    Don't forget to zip your veil

    Working fast, no smoker and got zapped three times in the upper lip. Forgot to zip my veil.... Go figure.
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  11. Thread: D Coates Nucs

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    Re: D Coates Nucs

    I do the same thing as Buzzen, but add a piece of plywood around the edge where the two meet overlapping both.
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    Strange bee-havior

    I was checking my bees today and one of the swarms I caught a few days ago is acting strange. It was a rather large swarm and I put it in a deep hive body. I watched several bees walk out onto the...
  13. Thread: 3 Swarms 1 day

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    Re: 3 Swarms 1 day

    Nice! Had to work a little harder for mine
  14. Thread: 3 Swarms 1 day

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    3 Swarms 1 day

    Got three swarms today. One was over 5 lbs. Happy and tired beekeep!
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    Re: Cloake board disaster

    No queen in the upper deep that I could find. Two were still in the cells but were still pretty much larval. The cells were basically being combed over and were empty. It's like they sealed them...
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    Cloake board disaster

    Grafted cells, looked awesome after a couple days and they capped them, went to transfer them to splits tonight and they tore them all down at 11 days - what happened???
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    Re: Queen breeder box placement

    Ok, size and color? Thanks
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    Queen breeder box placement

    I built some breeding boxes out of deep hive bodies. They have three compartments with three frames in each. The entrances are one in the front for the middle compartment and on the sides for the...
  19. Thread: Hubam Clover

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    Re: Hubam Clover

    Where did you get your hubam?
  20. Thread: Which uncapper

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    Which uncapper

    Which method of uncapper is fast/easier/better - Electric heated knife or a electric hand plane?
  21. Re: Swarm trap: What do you load/or not load your trap with?

    I use waxed plastic foundation with some lemongrass oil. I tried some drawn comb in a couple and the wax moths had a hay-day with it before any bees found it. I may put in some foundationless...
  22. Re: Any recommendations for a hydrometer with 0.0005 accuracy?

    Looks like it should work. I've had lots of them. Seem to break one every couple of years.
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    Early queen rearing

    What is the earliest you have reared queens in the spring. I was planning on using a cloake board on a strong hive in early April in Southern Iowa which is about the last possible frost for my area....
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    Re: Terramycin or not

    Thanks for the discussion. I believe that the less medications, pesticides, herbicides, etc. we add to the environment, the better. Saying this, I realize that certain applications maybe necessary...
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    Re: alleged leaked EPA document

    Yes there are lots of restricted and non-restricted pesticides that are harmful to bees. Restricted pesticides will be labeled "harmful to bees" on the packaging. Here in Iowa we have a lot of...
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