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    My local Club, Brewmeisters Anonymous...

    My local Club, Brewmeisters Anonymous (www.brewarizona.org) is having the annual Great Arizona Homebrew Competion. Entries due by March 7th with the judging on the 11th and 12th. More information...
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    I use Red Devil lye for the soak. Available in...

    I use Red Devil lye for the soak. Available in the grocery store in the drain cleaner aisle. It works real well to remove labels and any nasty organics left behind in the bottle. About 1...
  3. Brewmeisters Anonymous and "What Ale's Ya" home...

    Brewmeisters Anonymous and "What Ale's Ya" home brew store in Phoenix AZ will be hosting a brew-off / buddy brew session on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6363 W. Bell Rd. There will be food and homebrew...
  4. Thread: ants

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    at this time of year, in most climates, plain old...

    at this time of year, in most climates, plain old axel grease around anything that touches the ground will also suffice. Coat the areas on the stand / base (not the hove itself) with a width of...
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    My experience is that the smell depends on the...

    My experience is that the smell depends on the ingredients. Some fruits / yeasts and combinations when fermenting can release all kinds of nasty aromas (sulfur is the first thing that comes to mind)...
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    My favorite is "Fireweed" honey. Very light and...

    My favorite is "Fireweed" honey. Very light and delicate. Same with "Cat's Claw" and "Star Thistle". These are very light honeys. The Fireweed and star thistle are almost clear. I did my...
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    Rick, The one constant about mead making that...

    Rick,

    The one constant about mead making that I promise. If you ask two mead makers about the "proper" way to make mead, you will get two different answers. Both are right.

    I always recommend...
  8. Thread: Sulfites

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    Rick, Things about sulfites to remember: Many...

    Rick,

    Things about sulfites to remember:
    Many people are VERY sensitive to sulfites.
    They can add levels of complexity to your mead that you want / don't want.
    Lots of mead has been made...
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    Aspera? How old is it? I made a black current...

    Aspera?

    How old is it? I made a black current mead a few years ago. Mine was black current and bing cherry. Terrible for about two years, than began to really come around. The "hotness"...
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    Also check www.gotmead.com...

    Also check www.gotmead.com for more resources.
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    Quick Recipe for a medium mead: 20 lbs honey...

    Quick Recipe for a medium mead:

    20 lbs honey
    3.5 gallons warm water
    1 packet Pasteur Champagne yeast

    Combine warm water and honey in a large sanitized container (bucket with lid or carboy)...
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    Ben or Bill, I don't remember who I was...

    Ben or Bill,

    I don't remember who I was dicussing the artivle from Wine Spectator regarding cork vs cap but i found it. Persistance pays off. It its the March 31, 2005 issue. The article is...
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    I don't think we will see requeening. I think...

    I don't think we will see requeening. I think the bee keepers will begin rearing and harvesting from AHB queens. In the Northeast, you will have EHB, in the South and Southwest, AHB. I cant...
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    Well, I did the numbers in my head for about an...

    Well, I did the numbers in my head for about an hour before i figured it out too. got a good laugh at myself.
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    I saw a pretty good swarm tonight, or should I...

    I saw a pretty good swarm tonight, or should I say rode through it. About 6 feet in diameter moving across the road in front of me (between Buckeye and Goodyear) I ride a motorcycleÂ…. Ended up...
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    Uh oh Tim, math error. The hives per acre vs...

    Uh oh Tim, math error. The hives per acre vs acre per hive got crossed (zoinks). It should be
    640 (acres per Square Mile)
    X
    9226 (sq mile area of Maricopa County)
    5,904,640 Acres
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    500,000...
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    Tim, I hadn't done the math, just...

    Tim,

    I hadn't done the math, just regurgatating a statement. If you venture into any of the county and state parks in the area, you seem to find large clusters of small hives. I found about 30...
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    George, Interesting Article. I would love to...

    George,

    Interesting Article. I would love to see an update to that article as it is 9 years old and based on data that is 11 years old. I would like to see what the effect of migration and...
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    Peggjam, I can tell you that in our area, if...

    Peggjam,

    I can tell you that in our area, if you don't want AHB, you have to requeen every year. That first mating flight produces AHB's. So far, every time! We were told that the third,...
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    George, I cannot "keep" them from absconding,...

    George,

    I cannot "keep" them from absconding, just reduce it. I was told by several experienced beekeepers, and have used the practice, that keeping the hive less crowded keeps them more...
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    I think that one of the problems is a lack of...

    I think that one of the problems is a lack of information. I see it here, and we are bee keepers. Many of us in Arizona have hives is varying stages of AHB from mild to down right mean. When...
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    Bullseye, I have gotten a few meads in the...

    Bullseye,

    I have gotten a few meads in the same condition. I would rack it to another carboy and try to insure a good mix. I would pitch a champagne yeast on top and I would add some Servomyces...
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    In my carboys 5 gal traditional clover honey...

    In my carboys
    5 gal traditional clover honey mead
    5 gal traditional misquite honey mead
    10 gallons Blackberry/blueberry mead
    5 gallons strawberry mead
    5 gallons vanilla mead
    5 gallons Prickly...
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    Steve, I used about a half gallon of prickly...

    Steve,

    I used about a half gallon of prickly pear for a 5 gallon finish. I put it in with the honey and water and pasturized (brought to 165f and held for about 15 minutes). It is still plugging...
  25. Thread: got stung

    by Gregory_Naff
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    Iddee, Hows the rest of that go..."Doc says ur...

    Iddee,

    Hows the rest of that go..."Doc says ur gonna die"

    :D :D :D :D
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