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    Re: Elderberry Mead Recipe Help

    My webpage wvmjack.com has some elderberry mead recipies to help you get started. Keep picking and freezing until you get enough for a 5 gal batch, its worth the work of picking. WVMJ
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    Re: Help..bees are gone...

    Have you looked for a queen cell? WVMJ
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    Re: chokecherry melomel?

    We got chokecherries on our trees we planted finally this year, cant wait to try some! I did a writeup on Bochetomels for BC last year, we are still aging our elderberry bochetomel, put in a few to...
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    Re: 5-frame deep nucleus hive with all mediums..

    Brushy Mountain Bees sells med nucs. WVMJ
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    Re: Sharing my Favorite Wne/Mead recipe

    I fee like I just read a manual on meadmaking, thanks for the details. A lot of us dont heat our honey up beyond room temperature, we have drill mounted stirrers that easily mix any honey into the...
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    Re: Is my honey full of suger water?

    Another way to look at it would be to save it for starting up your bees next spring, put away your extractor until you get a real harvest and feed your new bees honey right in the comb to give them a...
  7. Thread: 19" top bar hives

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    Re: 19" top bar hives

    Mann Lake sells a top bar hive with standard length bars, they also sell just the bars, I have one and the bars fit in my Langs also. We plan on letting our nucs start some comb on the top bars and...
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    Re: Heather Honey substitute/question

    http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/1954/an/an9547900435#!divAbstract

    Maybe you can get the whole article and see what they think is the closest to heather. Are you boiling the honey or...
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    Re: Sharing my Favorite Wne/Mead recipe

    Why not add all honey to your pyment? Your grape concentrate has plenty of sugar in it so adding more honey and less sugar would be a good way to make it more meadlike. A little oak in a Welches can...
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    Re: Need Help with Punk Bees

    Thats the problem, they havent tossed them out, I think the bits and pieces are like Bling for them, or much scarier, they are building something, so the girls seem to tolerate them well, its all...
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    Need Help with Punk Bees

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    These steampunk bees have been remodeling one of my hives, I cant get them to leave. They seem to be drinking fermented honey, they are hoarding metal parts and are harassing all the girl...
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    Re: Racked my first mead today

    You have to be careful not to be hypnotized by the bubbles going thru the airlock, you can loose a lot of time like that :) WVMJ
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    Re: Racked my first mead today

    So if you added the oranges you might want to take them out soon, the wine yeasts will draw out a lot of bitterness from the pith, one reason why JAOM is so sucessfull is its bread yeast is not that...
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    Re: Racked my first mead today

    YOu might have just stirred up the CO2 and its degassing, or stirring up the yeast gave it a breath of new life. Just keep an eye on it and continue to monitor the SG. Good luck on your first mead....
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    Re: Hello from Maryland!

    We are right across the river from you, what part of the county are you in? WVMJ
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    Re: Paint strainer bags

    If you look at the paint strainer bags - MADE IN CHINA. Would you have any reason to think that it could possibly be foodsafe when they even put melamine in their baby formula? THey also have an...
  17. Thread: Ugly Neighbor

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    Re: Ugly Neighbor

    I bet they already got you up on youtube! We had huge yellow Euro hornets last year, eating apples and bees, havent hardly seen any this year at all, maybe something at them this year! WVMJ
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    Re: chokecherry melomel?

    Maybe one of the new tannin additives that sacrafice themselves to be precipitated out instead of your polyphenols might protect the color? WVMJ
  19. Thread: Too Much Surplus?

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    Re: Too Much Surplus?

    You could always advertise for people to come out to the farm and pay to extract their own organic honey from the hives themselves. WVMJ
  20. Re: Propolis/Ederberry Tincture - and other Cures for Cancer

    Elderberries both taste good in mixes like mead and are supposed to be very healthy especially for fighting viruses, health food places sell concentrates people can take veryday. I prefer mine in...
  21. Re: honey is too wet- how long will it last before fermenting? what should we do with

    Absolutely find some mead makers! :) WVMJ
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    Re: chokecherry melomel?

    I planted some last year hoping to make mels from them in a few years. They supposed to make a great wine so should make a good mead. WVMJ
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    Re: Newb Question: Dealing with a HiveTop Feeder

    Thanks MB, at one of your talks we asked you how much you add and you would only commit to "some" but now I see why that is your answer. So thanks for clearing that up, 7 grams isnt much so ascorbic...
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    Re: One packet versus two of Yeast

    Rocket fuel is more a result of technique than the yeast choosen. The yeast has to be matched to the style of mead you are making. If you use a powerhouse yeast like EC1118 and not balance it...
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    Re: Newb Question: Dealing with a HiveTop Feeder

    Honey is acidic. Some people make their syrup acidic also. MB adds ascobic acid but doesnt know how much he adds or what the change in pH is, but listening to one of his talks I figured to just add...
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