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    I'm not sure about the sparrows attacking eggs,...

    I'm not sure about the sparrows attacking eggs, but they are more aggressive and will crowd the martins out; same result in the end.
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    No pics, and my stuff is all crammed in acorner...

    No pics, and my stuff is all crammed in acorner of the basement. My wife worries when the furnace guy and others come that they're gonna think we have a meth lab with all the glassware......
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    dry or sweet mead? (I'm not much for sweet...

    dry or sweet mead?

    (I'm not much for sweet steak, although it might make good barbecue sauce......)
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    haven't yet, but no reason to suspect it wouldn't...

    haven't yet, but no reason to suspect it wouldn't work.....depending upon what's in a mead, it can be anything from a dry red wine (pyments, currant mels, etc.) to a sweet white.....

    I think...
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    Sport, no offense, and I should point out I will...

    Sport, no offense, and I should point out I will be getting a corker myself shortly, but the primary advantage of a corker is "snob appeal"....different aesthetics.

    Anyone on a budget might as...
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    If you can make mead, you can make beer..... ...

    If you can make mead, you can make beer.....

    Just a note for anyone interested, about 3 lbs malt extract plus 2 lbs honey makes a nice light beer, and you can ferment it with an ale yeast at...
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    thanks Michael!

    thanks Michael!
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    hmmm, maybe not--the second article refers to it...

    hmmm, maybe not--the second article refers to it as the biggest, and looking up "vespa velutina" it comes back as the giant Japanese one......

    Good times; I disliked yellowjackets....
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    it said "smaller than the European hornet" while...

    it said "smaller than the European hornet" while the giant things from Japan they show on Animal Planet are the largest hornets. These may be a problem, but they aren't the giant ones.
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    good luck with it....the worst thing w/ mead and...

    good luck with it....the worst thing w/ mead and wine is not knowing how you did for a good 6 months or more......
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    oh, one more note: The reservoir works fine with...

    oh, one more note: The reservoir works fine with about 2 cups of fluid, so much cheaper than a tub of sanitizer, too.....
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    it's been mentioned several times--pledge works...

    it's been mentioned several times--pledge works like lemongrass oil, just does not last nearly as long. good for this purpose, less so for 3 weeks in a bait hive......
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    pretty sure that's the one I have. They can be a...

    pretty sure that's the one I have. They can be a bit messy, but absolutely less so than the "tub-o'-bleach". Do consider the bottle tree it should have an attachment to "sit" on--mine sits on top...
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    I usually rinse with one-step, a "no-rinse"...

    I usually rinse with one-step, a "no-rinse" cleaner. Other times, I do bleach all bottles, stick them on the tree, and when done go back through again with a quick rinse after replacing the bleach...
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    1. You seem to favor top openings, for a variety...

    1. You seem to favor top openings, for a variety of reasons that seem quite practival. I was just wondering about your thought son cleaning out the bottom of the hive though--I see some recommend...
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    1. CaCO3 for the drive? Make sure it's not...

    1. CaCO3 for the drive? Make sure it's not CaCl, or you just re-salted your mead.

    2. Acid is for taste, you are correct. Many now add it at the end for this very reason, as honey can start...
  17. that's the story of the microbrew.....it's my...

    that's the story of the microbrew.....it's my understanding Celis and several others were all far better prior to purchase as well.......
  18. Focus, I tried sending a pm, as I did get...

    Focus,

    I tried sending a pm, as I did get yours I assume you'll have mine.

    If not, it's

    markalbob(at)yahoo.com
  19. yes, I have. And sadly, WI has no shortage of...

    yes, I have. And sadly, WI has no shortage of alcoholics, including 2 in my family, so the above was entirely tongue-in-cheek (before I start another storm over that). I grew up in St. Point, used...
  20. well, Kieck, I agree on the point that not all...

    well, Kieck, I agree on the point that not all would appreciate. In fact, a good many prefer a Coors to anything like Guinness or Delerium Tremens anyway.....not problem with that, although I was...
  21. sounds good, then--I knew there had to be SOME...

    sounds good, then--I knew there had to be SOME reason.
  22. so (I'm new, never used a smoker yet) it's...

    so (I'm new, never used a smoker yet) it's impractical to assume one could cut a small hole in a hive for this sort of thing, pop the smoker nozzle in, puff away, and cork or otherwise seal the hole...
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    Aspera, as pasteurized juice ceysers also seem...

    Aspera, as pasteurized juice ceysers also seem to, I'll agree strongly that the nutrients and tannins play a role, but I'm not so sure on bacteria. Regardless, he seemed to express some interest in...
  24. Well, Tecumseh, if you don't LIKE beer, then of...

    Well, Tecumseh, if you don't LIKE beer, then of course it's a bad trade. The hope was I'd find someone who both liked beer and had extra junk laying around.

    I've never had shiner yet, but I've...
  25. I've seen lots of posts on OA, and read up a bit....

    I've seen lots of posts on OA, and read up a bit. It seems you can "trickle" a syrup on bees, or vaporize OA in a "crack pipe".

    I've also seen that vaporization is usually done with a propane...
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