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    Re: California - When Should I questions

    Didn't you already miss the GPHF (Great Pasadena Honey Flow)? I hear it happens only once a year on January 1st... :D You know... lots of roses...
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    Re: New Law in California for Honey and Labels

    I believe this is the text of the new law referenced above. "Blossom" and "nectar" honey are the same. "Honeydew honey" is honey made by bees from the exudates of other insects (NOT just the...
  3. Thread: Number of Hives

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    Re: Number of Hives

    1. How many hives did you start out with (first year)? 1
    2. How many hives do you currently maintain? 2
    3. The maximum number of hives you hope to keep? 50
    4. How long have you been a...
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    Re: Ceramic Containers

    I would think the ceramic should be glazed to reduce the ability of moisture to move through it. For instance, unglazed pottery keeps water cool by slowly oozing and evaporating the water.

    It...
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    Re: Honey questions- crystalllization, filtering

    Yes. If you store the frames in a humid environment (> 50%, I think), the honey will absorb water and eventually ferment. Also, they will be prime targets for pests (including children).
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    Re: Not so sure that they are "just insects"

    Wenner is certainly not the only one to show the importance of odor in honey bee foraging. That is a well established fact. I have never run across any indication in the primary or secondary...
  7. Re: Are holly plants bad for bees and honey production?

    That's true to a certain extent. Bees do occasionally gather nectar that's poisonous to them, especially in a dearth (it's better to be sick than dead), and more rarely is it pure enough as honey to...
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    Re: Is Anyone Consuming Propolis?

    Yes.
    Yes.
    I use it for sore throats and the like. I can't use it topically as it causes a rash for me, however, my girlfriend does. Most recently she used it on an infected ear piercing.
    I...
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    Re: Solar Wax Melter Inside Color/Material

    It should be white on the inside. If it's black, the walls will absorb the heat. That sounds good but you'll be warming up the walls of the melter and not the interior. If it's white, the heat...
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    Re: Cinnamon & Honey Facts?

    Weekly World News? Of Batboy fame? Let me know when the Enquirer picks it up.
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    Re: Africanized hive

    Another option for killing a hive without contaminating the honey is to put an empty box on top of the hive, put dry ice in the box, and seal up the hive. If the cold doesn't kill them, the CO2 will.
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    Re: Refractometer instructions

    You can't. You have a refractometer for wine making with a low Brix (sugar concentration) scale. My honey refractometer Brix scale goes from 60%-90%. With honey being >80% sugars, you can see it...
  13. Thread: DIY Beesuit?

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    Re: DIY Beesuit?

    A gi is probably a bad idea. They tend to be really thick and therefore hot except for the large loose opening in the front. You might want to try a pith helmet for the hat. They are cool and have...
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    Re: I started feeding

    That's SOME queen!!!!
  15. Thread: Manuka Honey?

    by Apuuli
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    Re: Manuka Honey?

    Google Scholar

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1294271&blobtype=pdf

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1297205&blobtype=pdf
    ...
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    Re: are these mites or SHB?

    Except that they are mites...
  17. Thread: Not from nectar

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    Re: Not from nectar

    It depends what it's made from. If it's made from honeydew then it's called "honeydew honey" or "forest honey" in Europe.

    If it's made from old soda can drippings, sugar or corn syrup, etc, I...
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    Re: fla new honey law

    That's 5 g sucrose/100 g honey, not a measure of how much honey is required from a given flower source. Read the law carefully, it wasn't written by morons unfamiliar with honey adulteration.

    The...
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    Re: Do bees sense you have recently been stung?

    The banana scent is isopentyl acetate and is the basic alarm pheromone. You should be able to smell it if you annoy the bees enough and don't use smoke. Say at night, crack open the hive, give it a...
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    Re: Hand crank or motorized?

    You also might want to think about what your time-limiting step is. For me, uncapping is the limiting step and because I put the uncapped frames directly into the extractor, having a motorized...
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    Re: fla new honey law

    When I look in my hives, I figure all that honey-like substance must have been made by bees and is therefore honey, because I know I didn't fill up the comb with anything and I doubt anyone else went...
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    Re: Do bees sense you have recently been stung?

    I don't know how long bee alarm pheromones last, but I know that yellowjacket alarm pheromones can last at least a day. I stepped in a nest of them one day, crushing a bunch but not getting stung. ...
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    Re: Green eyed drone

    I don't think it could be a result of inbreeding. Odd traits are expressed during inbreeding because they are recessive alleles (version of a gene) that are usually covered with a normal dominant...
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    Re: fla new honey law

    "Catch up"?!?!

    That Texas law just deals with the labeling of honey. Nowhere does it actually define what "honey" is. The Florida law deals specifically and in great detail with that sticky...
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    Re: fla new honey law

    Here is the text of the new law. You'll note that there's no problem with pollen or wax. In fact, the removal of pollen is specifically forbidden (except when unavoidable). It does seem to exclude...
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