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    Re: corn syrup vs HFCS

    I have a great deal but will need to take 3, 55 gallon drums.
    I just do not want to get stuck with that much if the bees cant use it.

    thanks!
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    Re: corn syrup vs HFCS

    Sometimes it is best to ask for more information than to assume.
    I did not order this "corn syrup" but have access to it. It is a food grade Corn Syrup and not HFCS, thus the question.
    I was hopng...
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    corn syrup vs HFCS

    I am wondering about the differences in food grade corn syrup and HFCS?
    Can corn syrup be fed to bees and will they readily accept?
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    Honey vinegar would be better labled "honey wine"...

    Honey vinegar would be better labled "honey wine" vinegar as it is first made into meade or honey wine (alcohol.)
    After being made into mead it is then a fairly simple process of making it into...
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    Cleaning up from SHB

    I have recently had a hive incur a minor infestation of Small Hive Beetle larvae. There is an obvious odor difference from a healthy hive and depending on which frame you choose, small hive beetle...
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    I am frequently asked " Do you give tours?" Of...

    I am frequently asked " Do you give tours?"
    Of course I reply that I am currently not set up to give tours. What I really mean is that I can't afford to take the several hours of my day to show them...
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    I would agree that the first and foremost area of...

    I would agree that the first and foremost area of concern is liability.
    North Carolina has a positive Agri-tourism law which places all liability on the person or persons participating in the agri...
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    I am sorry for not returning your calls Brian. I...

    I am sorry for not returning your calls Brian.
    I know everyone thinks that I don't have a life besides bees, but I had to go to a graduation in South Carolina and just got back.
    Life gets busy...
  9. Thread: Glory Bee

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    I do a fair amount of business with Glory Bee...

    I do a fair amount of business with Glory Bee each year and have had no problems. I appreciate the comments made by JC since they are specifically related to an item of conern. I also hope JC voiced...
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    I recently (March 18) ordered 8 queens from...

    I recently (March 18) ordered 8 queens from Garry. In our discussion he stated that the queens would ship on Monday March 24. I was thrilled to find early queens and Garry has always accomodated me...
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    It all depends on your profit margin. If you are...

    It all depends on your profit margin.
    If you are already selling your lip balms for a maximum dollar amount, then it would be unreasonable to only take off a few cents. Most stores generally double...
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    I do not know af anyone that actually makes their...

    I do not know af anyone that actually makes their own honey straws. I can not imagine how labor intensive it must be. I certainly give credit to those who are willing to make their own.

    Honey stix...
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    Candle Flex molds and other silicone molds...

    Candle Flex molds and other silicone molds require no release agent. My wife has poured literally thousands without ever spraying a release agent.
    Candles pour best at 165 degrees. (the cooler the...
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    I have also used Apiguard this year. I was a...

    I have also used Apiguard this year.
    I was a little more conservative in my use due to the possible negative results listed in Last months ABJ.
    I have been very pleased with the results with no...
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    Soap making is a truly interesting process. My...

    Soap making is a truly interesting process. My wife and I currently make cold process soap using honey and beeswax. Without a doubt it makes a truly fantastic product.
    There are of course drawbacks...
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    While I am unsure if they have any larger sizes,...

    While I am unsure if they have any larger sizes, I am fairly familiar with botlles.
    I think what you need to determine is what the cap size is and if there are any larger bottles that will...
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    I plan on being in the Orlando area in the next...

    I plan on being in the Orlando area in the next few weeks.
    I would like to visit a bee operation within a hours drive if possible. Always looking to learn more about honeybees and such.
    Please pm...
  18. Cooler is always better. The wax doesnt turn dark...

    Cooler is always better. The wax doesnt turn dark and there is no need to top candles.
    I personally like 160-165 F. If it is any cooler then you will see fill lines in the candle which is...
  19. 1" diameter is plenty big enough. My observation...

    1" diameter is plenty big enough.
    My observation hive tube may be smaller and does quite nicely.

    Kurt
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    My understanding is that Brushy is out of the 8...

    My understanding is that Brushy is out of the 8 oz. size until February.
    You can find these bottles at Dadant and have them shipped out of their Illinois office.
    These jars are extremely durable...
  21. I have not seen the topics on this web site that...

    I have not seen the topics on this web site that Donna has seen.
    I have however had to deal with them on a regular basis on my own local beekeeping forum.
    If anyone has information on how to deal...
  22. Thread: soap making

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    Most Soap bulletin boards are dead. If you are...

    Most Soap bulletin boards are dead.
    If you are soaping small scale, go ahead and buy your oils from Sam's club or Costco.
    If you big time into soaping go ahead and contact http://soaperschoice.com/...
  23. Thread: wicking

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    Is there a reason you are using a zinc wick? I...

    Is there a reason you are using a zinc wick?
    I also use zinc for my votives, but only use 100% cotton wicking for all other candles.
    Yes, depending on the diameter of the candle, the wick size...
  24. Thread: Wax mix?

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    Getting back to the original question... What...

    Getting back to the original question... What makes a candle soft?
    I recommend using only light colored cappings wax for your candles. This wax seems to harden better than the darker waxes.
    Yes,...
  25. Thread: screen size

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    Screened bottom boards provide a couple of...

    Screened bottom boards provide a couple of benefits.
    It seems as if it they are good for additional ventilation.
    They are also good for letting the varroa mites drop down and out of the brood...
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