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    Re: Fermented honey

    Seems to be going OK - no drunken bees or die-offs, everyone is doing Ok. Thanks.
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    Re: MA mosquito spraying

    I have contacted the sprayers in the past. I'm just concerned that I may miss a notification on the same date they ignore my ongoing opt-out. Sight. Thanks.
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    MA mosquito spraying

    In last week's bee school, one of the speakers told us that, if we register our hives with the town clerk, then if they DO get sprayed, the owner gets reparations. I hied off to the town clerk...
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    Re: Fermented honey

    Yes, it was capped. But then, why did it ferment? A few damaged cells? It's a couple of years old ... But not two thousand .... Will they just avoid it if they don't want it?
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    Fermented honey

    1. How do I recognize it?

    2. If I put (maybe)fermented old frames into a hive, will the bees use it? Will it hurt them?

    I have some old capped honey that smells funky but not rotten, just...
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    now this sounds really helpful. Wish I'd done this at the beginning of the extracting process. At the present it's 3/4 bottled..... But there's always next year.
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    At 200 degrees? Electric oven? Any experience, or one of those "I heard that..." items? No panic over the double-boiler suggestion, even though the burner would be at a far higher temp.
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    I took all my cappings, put them in a big pan, and stuck them in the oven at 190-200 for several hours. Then I let them cool slowly right there. I ended up with a thick cap of wax-propolis-pollen...
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    Re: So much confusion

    Ah, but the bee DOES, in its native habitats. We dragged them here without so much as a by-your-leave, so we're lucky they do as well as they do. And we owe them something for all they do for us.
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    At least with the extractor I've been using, you have to take the frames out after the first run and turn them so the flat sides are facing the other way and run it thru again (always with the top of...
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    Re: Handling Hot Hive

    I would guess they might be even hotter, since it's too late in the season for them to gather food and brew up babies. They might be desperate to hang onto what they have. But I don't know - only a...
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    Re: new personal best!

    And here I was being proud of 30 lb/hive. :applause:
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    Re: Honest question about ethics

    Gee - what can you find about ME?? PM please - not on the public board!
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    Re: Brown leftovers from solar wax melt.

    Clever idea! Waste not, etc.
  15. Re: Plantings for flavourful, somewhat dark honey

    How about buckwheat? It grows easily and readily, though unless you have several acres for sowing, I don't know as you could put in enough of any particular plant to seriously influence your honey...
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    Re: Frames of honey

    I think the stories about finding millenia-old honey reflects storage peculiarities. The stuff that molded or fermented or rotted is gone and we never see it. Only that which was well contained...
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    Liquid smoke?

    I was browsing the Brushy Mt catalog, and discovered they are advertising a "food-grade liquid smoke" spray. Anyone ever try it? What is it particularly good for? I bought some for cooking years...
  18. Re: During inspections do you crush your bees when putting boxes back on

    I want some of your bees. Are they a particular strain? What have you used to paint your hives?
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    Re: How much honey to leave in a drought?

    Aren't you concerned that what you took off is just re-processed sugar water? I was always told, don't feed while you have honey supers on (if you intend to take the honey).
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    Re: Honest question about ethics

    It's statements like this that make me worry a great deal about ethics. Basically - do what you want as long as you don't get caught. Shame on you.
  21. Re: During inspections do you crush your bees when putting boxes back on

    The first, last, and only time I tried that I got 25 stings in about two minutes. There has to be a better way.
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    Re: Nectar flow in Massachusetts

    That's odd. I've been thinking mine needed feeding - they're not doing much, and they are absolutely refusing to cap the 8 full frames in one super. Waiting me out? (Near Framingham)
  23. Re: Other Beekeepers putting Bees near your yards

    If that's the case they'll probably steal the camera too.
  24. Re: Swarm? Doesn't feel right. What are they doing?

    It looks less like washboarding than just hangin' out outside, maybe due to heat. I thought washboarding was a very rhythmic mass movement - these bees seem pretty random.
  25. Re: Friend in Dobbs Ferry, NY received notice from Code Enforcement Officer

    [QUOTE=throrope;820082]I also saw on a doomsday or redneck show where someone named their goats which made them pets and not farm animals.QUOTE]

    Unfortunately many gov entities have a priori...
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