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  1. Thread: Refractometer

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    Re: Refractometer

    I guess things have changed since I read this, or I confused my source. I will try to find it.
  2. Thread: Refractometer

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    Re: Refractometer

    That may be true. The USDA says that anything over 18% can ferment, and anything over 19% will ferment. But, this is subject I have voids in my knowledge about. I do know that since 1979, I have...
  3. Thread: Refractometer

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    Re: Refractometer

    I have the special oil and the block that is used to calibrate the meters.

    I stirred the honey frequently.

    Here is the meter...
  4. Thread: Refractometer

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    Refractometer

    I checked my honey with a refractometer, and it showed high at about 19%. I have 2 refractometers, and the 2nd one read the same. I left the honey in a room with a dehumidifier going, and heat bands...
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    Re: ejecting workers with deformed wing virus

    Sounds like your hive needs a good powder sugar dusting. Make sure you have a Freeman Beetle trap, West SHB trap or sticky board under the screen bottom board. There are videos on youtube on how to...
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    Re: pollen patties and honey supers

    Pollen patties are for brood, and it should be stored in the brood box, not in the honey supers. If the honey supers are not there, it can't be stored there.
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    Re: New VSH queen issue?

    If I had a new queen that had a good laying pattern, I would destroy the queen cells, or put them in a nuc.
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    This stuff is ruined. It is fermented from beetle defecation. Like what you put in the toilet before you flush.
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?/Controlling methods suggestions, please/

    If they are sparse where you are, it is probably because they all came to Texas. I have fought them down in my hives, but they are a real problem here
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    The honey is ruined, once the frame is slimed. The larva has defecated in the honey, which causes it to ferment and push out of the frames. Plus, the bees won't touch it.
  11. Thread: SHB Help

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    Re: SHB Help

    Once the larva hit a frame, that frame is pretty much history, unless they are isolated to a particular area that can be cut out. Take all affected frames out. You can place a bottom oil trap, like a...
  12. Thread: SHB and Honey

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    Re: SHB and Honey

    I will tell you this, the traps you are using, will help control the SHB, but they will not stop a hive from getting slimed. At least in my area. You need to invest in the Freeman Beetle Trap or the...
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    Re: What to do with supers after harvest

    I use to put them back on the hive, and let the bees clean them up like that. Now, I just stack them 90 deg, to each other and let the bees clean them up. Normally, they are clean in a couple of...
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    Re: VSH and Pol-line Breeder Queens

    How much are your queens and shipping?
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    HA! I got a vacuum pump, but never thought about that. And I have a large pressure cooker. I would have to look at installing a barb fitting in the R/V port.

    I am using a dehumidifier, but it...
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    Moisture is down to 18.5% today, so it is coming down. I will work on it another day or so. Thanks guys!
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    Very little, but, the humidity is so high, it might have absorbed it during extracting.
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    This really aggravates me. This happened to me back in 1984, and now again. Both times we were hit with a lot of rain and continual high humidity.
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    The bucket dripping is a good idea. Yes, I am concerned with the small surface area, and why I keep stirring it. Thanks!
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    As additional info, the humidity here has been very high. I am stirring the honey in the affected bucket, a couple of times a day. I imagine there is not much else to do, but does anyone have any...
  21. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    Where are you planning to send the bees for testing, and how much is the cost?
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    How to lower moisture content

    My honey is showing at the 19.2% moisture content, by refractometer. I checked it with another refractometer, and it reads the same. I put it in a room with a dehumidifier and a pail heater, but the...
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    Re: Africanized Bees - Are they really that bad?

    None that I know of. Texas A&M had swarm traps along Hwy 105 from Sour Lake, up to I-45, but that was only to check the progression of them north. The traps have been down for over 10 years now. They...
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    Re: Southeast Texas Beekeepers

    I have a Facebook page, Southeast Texas Beekeepers. Come join us there!
  25. Re: Friend in Dobbs Ferry, NY received notice from Code Enforcement Officer

    You just need to move out of New York.
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