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  1. Re: Honey Hive Farms, Give away!!! Win One of Three Prizes for 2014!!!

    Count me in, I can always use supplies or bees - never enough of either
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    Re: Bee Feeder Types

    I have used thin wood strips - just 1x4- with screen door mesh stapled under it. Cut wood to about the length of the feeder and put it in with the screen on the bottom. Works ok for inner feeders....
  3. Re: How late this fall will the be making honey? (Iowa)

    When the flowers die out that is it for the honey, they may still collect pollen for awhile afterward. it really depends on what is going in your area, like goldenrod, is one of the last flows...
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    Re: coming up with the right solution

    If you can figure out the general weight you are moving, government requirements and such you could build a trailer or two.
    I am a seriously determined self reliant type and that is what I would...
  5. Thread: Uncapper?

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    Re: Uncapper?

    I tried the knife in water method, that sucked, tried a fork for a few years, alright but just not the easiest, I guess I really didn't like the fine wax scratchings and the occasional finger poking...
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    Re: Bee Feeder Types

    I do the two gallon buckets with a small screen on the bottom. I just put a metal queen excluder above the frames to support the bucket and place a deep box over the bucket. No drowning, the bucket...
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    Re: ...Once again, Clear hive

    Cool, weird - but cool.......Would save alot of time looking through a veil if you can just plop down and watch them. This year I have some of the most mellow bees I have ever had, they just let me...
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    Re: Too pretty for words!

    I have a friend that is an aspiring chef and she is always on the lookout for new, high quality stuff, local if possible.........
    I am sure there is much more I wanted to say but I will give you...
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    Re: Too pretty for words!

    Been seriously thinking of giving it a shot myself. I sell at farmers markets and was considering it since you don't need a license to sell vinegar - mead is another matter as it is considered wine...
  10. Thread: soybeans

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    Re: soybeans

    They sometimes use them, there is almost nothing in Iowa but corn and soybeans as far as the eye can see out in the sticks where I live.
    I have a couple of wildlife set asides within range of my...
  11. Re: State Laws Regulating Honey Harvesting/Bottling

    Iowa is pretty loose, about all I could find was

    Residences which prepare or distribute honey, shell eggs or nonhazardous baked goods are not required to be licensed as home food establishments....
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    Re: Horrible smell in the basement!

    I think the kraut I do is about 6-9 weeks fermentation time, not bad but it smells the basement up especially if it is too cold to open a window.
    I have a batch of vikings blood that is kinda...
  13. Re: Is it OK, to combine 2 hives, and let the queens fight it out,

    It is done sometimes but you may end up with no queen.... Make sure you have eggs at least, if the hives are just not thriving and the problem seems to be the queen you don't have alot to loose -...
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    Re: Triple Deeps, Benefits of Larger Hives

    All in all the three deeps works better for me, kind of a northern climate here - but even if food isn't the issue I think just having the numbers - especially in the spring is. I know they use alot...
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    Re: What to use on garden>

    diatomaceous earth. You can dust the plants with it at dusk when the flowers are closed, the bees don't live on the plants - squash bugs do - the stuff gets into the squash bugs exoskeleton and...
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    Re: What is the secret to Ross Rounds?

    They gotta be strong, have a flow going on and I would say they have to be motivated. I do a few every year - I just take a strong hive and put them on with a queen excluder underneath, that is...
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    Re: Time isn't everything, but it sure helps!

    There is some concern that there is a peak freshness to mead, it isn't exactly like wine. I think the tannins in wine are responsible for alot of the thought that it improves over many, many years,...
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    Re: Time isn't everything, but it sure helps!

    I'm waiting on a chocolate mead that should be ready around Halloween that will hit about 9%. I made a mistake converting metric to S.A.E. units on a batch of vikings blood awhile back and that is...
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    Re: Time isn't everything, but it sure helps!

    Yeah, letting the flavor of the alcohol tone down a bit helps lots, otherwise all you taste out of a young mead is the jet fuel taste - just until they really get stable it seems like the flavor can...
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    Re: All kinds of swarms here in Iowa

    Haven't seen any swarms up here but I am quite a ways north around the Gowrie area. I did a couple splits and that kind of curbs the impulse on my hives, there is a guy about a mile from me that does...
  21. Thread: Failure

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    Re: Failure

    I really think it has alot to do with individual tastes. I did the joe's ancient orange spice mead awhile ago, thought personally it was a bit strong at about 15% and I have a friend that mixes it...
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    Re: 10/12/12 and the girls are working hard

    I still have a bit of dandelions going, some goldenrod that didn't get the frost and a few broccoli that aren't giving up. They were bringing in stuff today, very active probably getting ready for...
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    Re: Bee Porn For The Guys Up North.

    I'm in northern Iowa and still have dandelions going pretty well, frosted several weeks ago but dandelion are hard to stop, bout 75 degrees today and they were working hard bringing in pollen
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    Re: anyone ever try a chocolate mead recipie?

    I am trying the method with the nestles quick powder, I did have a sweet mead yeast that was one of those expensive packets with the liquid nutrient and liquid yeast - smash and add stuff but it is...
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    Re: anyone ever try a chocolate mead recipie?

    this is an easier method
    http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/our-chocolate-mead-experiment-94358/
    basically I am trying the variation that worked best for them number 35, going to have to re pitch the...
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