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    Re: Reactivating mead

    OK. Thanks for the advice, guys!
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    Re: Reactivating mead

    Pilgarlic56, thanks for the reply.
    You are right, there are lots of variables. So, this is it:
    I started with fresh honey (13lbs honey in 5 gal water). Most pasteurized at 145-150oF for ~10 min....
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    Reactivating mead

    I started a batch of mead in september that did not complete fermentation. I want to reactivate it. Would it be OK to add yeast again directly? Should I aireate the most before adding new yeast or...
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    Re: Italian Queen Replacement

    Hi,

    I have another question that I would very much appreciate an answer for.
    I am raising a few queen cells in a nuc and also have 2 hives with very lazy queens. What are the chances that a...
  5. Thread: fermented honey

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    Fermented honey twice

    Hi,

    i saw this old thread and would like to add my experience: the first time my honey fermented was 2 years ago. I figured it was my mistake for not taking absolutely only capped honey. Last year...
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    Poll: 46, started 4 years ago. Now my son (11) is...

    46, started 4 years ago. Now my son (11) is starting to get into it too.

    JOrge
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    About paiting the melter: The color has...

    About paiting the melter:

    The color has nothing to do with heat absorption!! Remember that light is pretty cold at all colors from reddish-orange towards UV (going through yellow, green and blue)....
  8. Thread: Russians

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    Thanks for the answers. The weather has turned so...

    Thanks for the answers. The weather has turned so nasty (feels like winter again) that I will have to suspend this requeening for now. Can't find russians anyway.

    Jorge
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    I have been regressing my hives to small cells to...

    I have been regressing my hives to small cells to help control the Varroa problem. As I understand it, you remove frames that have large cells by pushing them out to the sides and replacing frames...
  10. Thread: Russians

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    Hi, Betterbee has Russian queens in their...

    Hi,

    Betterbee has Russian queens in their catalog and the warning: "Introduce slowly". Does anybody know what this means?
    I got a queen to requeen a hive. I plan to simply stick the queen cage...
  11. Thread: Bad winter?

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    Oops, should have added my answer: 5 dead...

    Oops, should have added my answer:

    5 dead hives
    10 total
    (summer) fogged FGMO no cords + (fall) oxalic acid
  12. Thread: Bad winter?

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    Hi, I have read a couple of reports in the...

    Hi,

    I have read a couple of reports in the news about how bad this winter was with the mites and extended cold (last one in the New York Times).

    I was wondering if you people would be...
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    Yes, Michael, but if you wait until there is no...

    Yes, Michael, but if you wait until there is no more brood production it is my experience that the numbers of mites has by then gone up so much that pretty much every winter larva would have been...
  14. Thread: MITE COUNT TOTAL

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    Here is an observation: I have not been...

    Here is an observation:

    I have not been counting, but I have been checking for mite drops from the 5 hives I have at home (I have 3 more a few miles away that surprisingly have not shown almost...
  15. Thread: Moving a hive

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    Hi, I have a weak hive that I don't want to...

    Hi,

    I have a weak hive that I don't want to combine but instead I would like to keep over another one with a double screen in between.
    The question that I have is how to move the weak hive onto...
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    " Oxalic looks like the way to go but that takes...

    " Oxalic looks like the way to go but that takes preparation time. "

    Nonsense!! It takes drilling a hole in one of your suppers (the rear of the bottom one is my choice) and a trip to your local...
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    I had an interesting swarming experience the...

    I had an interesting swarming experience the other day: my son called me to see what turned out to be an unfolding swarming event. A small cluster (presumably with the queen) had settled high on a...
  18. Thread: Bees In Tree,

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    I was thinking of a slightly different...

    I was thinking of a slightly different arrangement. I would use a small cone with a base no bigger than 4-5" and similar length, but longer and wider would work too, as long as the tip allows only...
  19. Thread: Queenlessness

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    Michael, the math seems right. Since it was my...

    Michael, the math seems right. Since it was my first encounter with a queenless hive, I rushed to conclusions, but what I did seems right anyway. The swarm I put in there has an old queen that I...
  20. Thread: Bees In Tree,

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    Expanding on the cone idea, the problem of having...

    Expanding on the cone idea, the problem of having bees now hanging from the cone out in the open and freaking out neighbors seems a serious one. So, why not attach some sort of tube (one of those...
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    Definitely assume so. I got 2 packages from...

    Definitely assume so. I got 2 packages from SpellBee (GA) about 3 weeks ago. Before their arrival I had 4 hives with no detectable mites (by counting under a SBB). The next day I had one hive...
  22. Thread: Queenlessness

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    I just discovered that one of my hives was...

    I just discovered that one of my hives was queenless. Since there seemed to be lots of bees flying in and out, and due to persistent rain, I didn't check this hive for about 12 days. I found that...
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    Oh, I though the old queen leaves early on, just...

    Oh, I though the old queen leaves early on, just after the queen cells are capped or so. If a swarm is produced then, the remaining parent hive will have a laying new queen in a matter of days or...
  24. Thread: Low Varroa count

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    Since we are discussing how to kill bugs, does...

    Since we are discussing how to kill bugs, does anyone know a good recepy to kill mosquitos? Not that they affect my bees, but they certainly affect the beekeeper ...
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    I had my first swarm-catching experience this...

    I had my first swarm-catching experience this weekend. A large swarm the size of a soccer ball or so up about 30 feet high at the tip of a thin branch. I spent at least an hour to get to the branch...
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