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    My 4 five gallon carboy's come from the homebrew...

    My 4 five gallon carboy's come from the homebrew store, used. I think they were $8 or $10 each, he was selling them off for someone going to 6.5gallon carboys or downsizing. It might be worth...
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    I think I bouht my 8 frame spacers from Mann Lake...

    I think I bouht my 8 frame spacers from Mann Lake earlier this year, so check there I think they have some.
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    This isn't that complicated, geez. =) He wants...

    This isn't that complicated, geez. =)

    He wants to give you the best chance of success on your first batch. If you spend a couple of hours making something, racking it, and waiting 6 months for it...
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    I must have a different book than everyone here....

    I must have a different book than everyone here.

    Page 41-42 discusses heat. Lower in sulfites section on page 42 he says "I have not heated or boiled my musts for several years now, nor do I use...
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    I've been using Lalvin's yeast. They are popular...

    I've been using Lalvin's yeast. They are popular for mead making, and seem to do a nice job. Both 71b, and D-42, but I have K1V and EC-1118 but haven't used them yetp.

    Careful with the white...
  6. Capped brood opened and half missing larva

    I was checking on a nuc I started in late July and was planning on over wintering. It's 2 5 frame deeps stacked, for a total of 10 frames. They had drawn out all the frames by late august and were...
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    Last time I had honey supers out I had a few,...

    Last time I had honey supers out I had a few, maybe a dozen or two dead bees on the ground. Some bald faced hornets were around so maybe they took a few out. Considering the supers were crawling...
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    What JBJ said can be easily overlooked, and if I...

    What JBJ said can be easily overlooked, and if I hadn't heard it 3 times before I might have overlooked it. But now that you said you didn't have enough bees in June it's time to revisit it. I...
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    drobbins, Mine was $5, though I heard some...

    drobbins,

    Mine was $5, though I heard some places they are as much as $12. It's pretty cheap. I picked up both a theif and a sample vial. The theif is usefull for measuring from carboys and...
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    Jamiev, How did other local beeks do this...

    Jamiev,

    How did other local beeks do this year??? That's the real question. If they did poorly and barely got any honey then you're in the same boat. If they did well and you still did poorly...
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    The work to maintain two hives vs one isn't that...

    The work to maintain two hives vs one isn't that much of an increase. Lighting the smoker takes about 5 minutes, if you wear a veil or suit getting into that takes a bit more. Then you may have to...
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    I used a black fume board. The hives where in...

    I used a black fume board. The hives where in the mid-day shade so the sun wouldn't help there, so I left the fume board out in the sun for about an hour before I started. It was nice and toasty...
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    Astrobee, I did the last supers last weekend...

    Astrobee,

    I did the last supers last weekend and took a before/after picture using Bee Quick,

    Before

    After

    Total time: 4 minutes according to the picture timestamps.
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    My 9 frame came with a huge warning in about 15...

    My 9 frame came with a huge warning in about 15 different places, "THE GATE MUST BE OPEN WHILE EXTRACTING" I swear it all over the place. Of course, the problem which is pointed out, if you extract...
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    Oh, and anyone else with ideas would be great...

    Oh, and anyone else with ideas would be great too, I just bought 28lbs of peaches today so I'm open for ideas. We were at the farmers market near closing and they were on special. :)
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    beaglady, That's great that you're getting his...

    beaglady,

    That's great that you're getting his book, I just finished it and I really enjoyed it.

    Let us know what you do with the peaches, that sounds really interesting. I did a little...
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    Sweet! -Andrew

    Sweet!

    -Andrew
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    Here's some video I recorded last weekend: ...

    Here's some video I recorded last weekend:

    http://photos.geekfarmlife.com/v/Andrew/potd/bees-cleaning-comb.flv.html

    We were headed out to do some shopping when I saw the bees cleaning up the...
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    Normally in mid summer the flow comes to an end,...

    Normally in mid summer the flow comes to an end, then as golden rod and friends start up you may get a fall flow. Most people seem to agree that in our area a week or two ago hives started loosing...
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    Yes, we use one. It's very nice, it adjusts and...

    Yes, we use one. It's very nice, it adjusts and holds onto the top of a 5 gallon bucket very nicely. The thick top screen catches all the heavy wax and the bottom screen catches the small stuff. ...
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    I dunno, it looks a lot like: ...

    I dunno, it looks a lot like:

    http://photos.geekfarmlife.com/v/farm/Bees/2007/imgp4850.jpg.html

    There's more pics, including a nuc bearding and two other stronger hives. Am I missing something...
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    Right now I have: 1. Blueberry Mel...

    Right now I have:

    1. Blueberry Mel (http://davespicks.com/writing/mme/cgmrecipe.html) 5gallons

    2. Show Mead from Ken Shramm's book 5 gallons

    3. JAO (Joe's Ancient Orange) mead. 1 gallon...
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    Bearding.... Since the temps are warm they are...

    Bearding....

    Since the temps are warm they are keeping hive temps down. I'll get some photos tonight when I go home. All my hives, and even my nuc are breading.
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    Propertly made soap will not burn at all. My...

    Propertly made soap will not burn at all. My wife frequently makes goat milk soap with honey it's very luxurious soap. We use goat milk since that's what we have, but honestly I think any milk...
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    http://photos.geekfarmlife.com/v/farm/Podcast81/im...

    http://photos.geekfarmlife.com/v/farm/Podcast81/imgp4804.jpg.html

    That's before I used the vaccum on it actually. Between the camera, the video camera, smoker, bees, tools, etc it was a pita...
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