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  1. Thread: Growing Hops

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    Re: Growing Hops

    I think that my son said that he just uses dried hops for all of his beers and will use fresh hops right at the end of some of his beers. So he obviously only makes those right about now.
  2. Thread: Growing Hops

    by beedeetee
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    Re: Growing Hops

    I've grown them for a few years for my son to use (I make wine and he makes beer). My support posts are 14' 4x4's bolted to an 8' 4x4 put 3 feet in the ground. So they are 14' high. When the hops...
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    Re: Queenless Nucs Behave Differently

    I have heard that others thought that queenless mating nucs acted more active/mean/loud. But I haven't seen any of that. To me they are weak (bees went to nucs with queens) and quiet in a defeated...
  4. Re: Big pile of questions from first year bee keeper...

    All bees hate foundation and they hate it even more above an excluder. If it was foundation up there, next time leave the excluder off until they start drawing comb. Otherwise, if you store your...
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    Re: Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    I have bees to the north of you and to the south. I have never seen any pattern to size or health. I have 11 down near Eugene all facing south and a foot or so apart and they all look the same as...
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    Re: Old Sol Apiaries?

    I've tried various ways of not treating for mites, but all have failed. I don't treat any first year hives or hives that have had a brood break. If I have hives dropping more than 40/day right...
  7. Re: Big pile of questions from first year bee keeper...

    Where you are your flow will be over for the year unless you happen to be near something out of the ordinary. You need to try to get hives to winter weight around August 1 or you will probably have...
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    Re: Old Sol Apiaries?

    I raise my own queens now, but they are daughters (and grand grand grand...daughers) of John's stock.
  9. Re: where can i purchase a alcohol mite shaker?

    Last year I was part of a BIP Tier 4 test where I used 8 hives and sent samples in alcohol from June through November. The protocol was to send 1/2 cup (actually two 1/4 cup measures) that were put...
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    Re: Queen moved up

    Before you put the excluder on you need to know that she has enough room below it to lay. That means that she has at least 8-10 frames that are empty or have brood in them, but not honey or pollen. ...
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    Re: Close up a hive during backyard party?

    A few years ago I bought a single hive net. It is nice soft material and is large enough to easily cover a hive with lots of room to spare. I used it to carry hives in my SUV but a few days ago I...
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    Maybe you have something blooming to keep them occupied. Two to three weeks ago I wouldn't have had much of a problem either.
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    Re: My low budget honey house

    Well maybe your bees aren't as determined as mine. Yesterday I left a man door on our garage open about 3" for an hour while I was in the house. When I went back to start extracting again there...
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    Are these nuc's a year old (made up "this past summer")? If so, I've never kept a nuc as a nuc that long.

    I make up 15-20 per year with 2 frames of capped brood heavy with bees, some empty...
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    Re: How are we doing?

    The farthest south I have bees is in Elmira, OR. At this time of year I want my hives to look like yours for winter. They probably won't use all of that over winter, but if next spring is long and...
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    Re: Comb Honey Knife

    I also use a knife to cut the comb from the frame. I use shallows that are the exact height of my cutter. Then I use the cutter to cut the 4 pieces from each frame. No waste and the cuts look...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Yes. Bees that are weakened, by varroa or nosema will be the ones that have the problem moving a short distance to honey during very cold weather. Small clusters may have the problem also, but many...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Well in my opinion it's too late then. You have to start in late summer and early fall to make sure that your hives have large clusters (equalize) going into winter and they are not weakened by...
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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I have bees here in Camas and in Elmira, Oregon (about 40 hives). I raise my own queens and haven't had any problems. Queens look good and all returned from mating flights. I mark my queens and...
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    Re: Inspections with the heavy honey supers on?

    Unless I see something that looks out of the ordinary, after the honey supers go on I don't go into the brood portion of the hives.
  21. Re: What do u do with your honey supers after you extract?

    I used to let the bees clean them up but after ripped up comb, dead bees and robbing now I just store them wet for next spring (no fall flow).
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    Re: Selective Breeding

    I suspect that if it would work you would never find a queen that didn't get mated because of weather. She would just mate in the hive since pretty much all hives have drones.
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    Re: Storing capped honey frames

    I think that the best place to store capped frames is on a hive. I would just put the other box of empty frames on the hive (on top or below your capped frame box).
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    Mine is being capped fine. In both Camas and Eugene. Cut comb supers are ready.
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I stopped wearing them when I started raising queens. There just isn't any way that I can do the things that I need to do with them on. For a while I took my wedding ring off, but my hands don't...
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