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    Re: Must I make bochet?

    So if the flavor is still good then brew as usual but if is off go with a bochet?
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    Must I make bochet?

    Getting ready to make my first batch of mead. I got interested in it after having about 10 pounds of honey start fermenting on me. I put it in the refrigerator to stop/slow the process for the time...
  3. Brushy Mountain Ulster Hive Spacing - 2 3/16"

    Just contacted Brushy Mountain about one of their Ulster hives. They told me the spacing between the glass is 2 3/16". Isn't this far, far, too large or am I missing something?
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    Re: Nativity Set Color?

    Nope not my intention to put wicks in them. I just like the bronze looking finish as it adds some depth to the pieces. Hopefully somebody will post the method. Thanks!
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    Re: Nativity Set Color?

    I can't seem to find a how-to on this on the net or the forum. Is there a particular two step finish you would recommend?
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    Nativity Set Color?

    I'm thinking of picking up a nativity candle mold set from Mann Lake. Most of the display photos of the final products show the candles to have a rich bronze color rather than the raw beeswax color....
  7. Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    I think I searched and read through that thread but hadn't noticed the reference to Speed King before thanks for re-posting it.

    I'm running only foundationless (9 frames in 10 frame box for...
  8. Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Looking at Mann Lake and Kelley Bee for a hot knife with adjustable temperature control but their descriptions aren't too stellar. The only name brand I can find is Pierce at Kelley Bee with little...
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    Re: Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    Any reason not to put a block directly on the top bars?
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    Re: Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    Simple enough! Thanks guys!
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    Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    I'm running my inner covers with the notch side down with 2" insulation between the inner cover and the top cover. I'd like to put some sugar blocks on before we start to get real cold. Will there...
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    Re: diy bonterra or beesource plans?

    I purchased the Bonterra plans and they are top notch. Great drawings with clear directions. Bonterra hives are what I would call "furniture quality" and are designed to look great in your home. ...
  13. Re: Large Swarm Update

    Yeah I haven't stopped. 4 gallons and counting =).
  14. Large Swarm Update

    Checked on them this evening and queen made the transfer via beevac and is laying wonderfully. I put 4 quarts of feed on Tuesday afternoon and they have already sucked down 3.5 quarts in 48 hours....
  15. Re: Large swarm from last night - what to do with it this late in the season?

    Moved them to the bee yard today gave them about 30-40 pounds uncapped/capped honey and some empty drawn comb totaling two deeps (plus a frame of brood). I also put on an empty super just in case...
  16. Re: Large swarm from last night - what to do with it this late in the season?

    I started with two empty supers with lemon grass oil and scooped a few handfills in to get them started. However, temps started to drop and they re-clustered up on the garage door. I ended up using...
  17. Large swarm from last night - what to do with it this late in the season?

    I picked up this monster swarm last night from a neighbor. I typically ignore them this late in the season but it was close by and the wife of the house was pretty distraught over it. I'm guessing...
  18. Uncapping comb drawn past frames - Foundationless

    I'm running foundationless and most of the frames in my supers are drawn well past the edge of the frame. When uncapping, should I only remove the cappings or should I cut the comb down flush with...
  19. Honey-filled bridge comb between top bars normal?

    I have a hive with lots of bridge comb between topbars in the second brood box. They have plenty of room in the supers above (which are mostly drawn and partially filled.) Good brood pattern in the...
  20. Re: Newly hatched queen in previously queenless hive...what to do with extra queen ce

    Went back in to the hive this evening and it looks like she already took care of her competitors. Workers had already started pulling the dead queen cells apart. I suppose I could have cut out the...
  21. Re: Looking for advice on hive with no queen.

    I'm by no means a super experienced beekeeper but I would give it more time. If they had visible eggs in the comb after the cutout then they should have the resources to make a new queen if she...
  22. Newly hatched queen in previously queenless hive...what to do with extra queen cells?

    I put some fresh eggs/open brood into a queenless colony on June 27th and they made 3 queen cells from that comb. Today (15 days later) I checked the hive and one of the 3 has hatched and I got a...
  23. Inspection method when looking for swarm cells?

    Do you go frame by frame or just tip the hive body on its side to look for swarm cells? I know swarm cells don't always occur on the bottoms so tipping might miss something. Just curious what the...
  24. Re: New hive going strong...but not expanding into 2nd box.

    Ditto. Without foundation to crawl up bees are reluctant to move up to the second box and draw comb down from the empty bars whether there are starter strips or not. I made this error with a Warre...
  25. Newly hived swarm - comb production expectations?

    Is there a rule of thumb for the expected build out of a newly hived swarm? In other words, how much comb/stores should one see in say a two week period? I have two swarms captured both about 2...
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