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    Re: Sanitizing Honey Jars

    I asked about this as well since I had some jars that had this at home. I did not realize it, but glass is like beeswax in that it will bloom.

    That fine mist is a silica bloom. It tends to...
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    Re: Sanitizing Honey Jars

    This question has developed quite a thread, but I will add a little anyways. I talked to the folks at Gamber to get some of the facts.

    They recommend NOT washing NEW glass or plastic containers....
  3. Thread: scale for honey

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    Re: scale for honey

    I think more to the question would be if someone is selling 25% moisture honey as honey and the person buying it has no idea it is anything other than honey grade that is typically sold by beekeepers...
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    Re: scale for honey

    When you look at the history of food an laws in the US, try to think of what things were like prior to Upton Sinclair. There was a huge need then for regulation of food and its sale. Now, a lot of...
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    Betterbee Field Days June 28 2014

    Betterbee will be hosting the annual field day on June 28, 2014 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required either on the website...
  6. Re: Install of Package Bees using "Hansen Method" Bees not leaving package

    Hopefully dumping the bees over the queen and removing the bottom box will get your bees installed.

    Another thing that has not been mentioned is the possibility of a second queen in the package....
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    Re: NJ.. Will I ever get my nukes?

    Michael Palmer said "Better to go by their schedule than mine."

    I met people that were getting packages (not nucs) at the Southern Adirondack (NY) Beekeeping Association extravaganza in the middle...
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    Re: Day 1 and everyone is dead. What happened?

    Sorry to hear about your bad experiences. You have not gotten a straight answer on the covers, so I will try to explain that for you.

    The inner cover is meant to provide a bee space between the...
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    Re: beekeeping is fun!

    These gloves are similar to dish washing gloves. The disposable nitrile gloves that Betterbee offers come in a box and are usually sold to dairy farmers for milkers to wear while milking. They are...
  10. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    That was not a part of our inspections/interviews. They did ask about sources of honey. There was no mention that we needed to have any id numbers or lot numbers. Our repacked honey is basically...
  11. Thread: creamed honey

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    Re: creamed honey

    At Betterbee, we have been inspected by state and federal inspectors even though we repack and sell a very small amount of honey, and do not produce any flavored honey. The state requires anyone...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    If you get screwy shipping figures, give us a call. Sometimes there are breakpoints on weight that we can help navigate. We don't understand them all, nor does our Fedex rep.
    Chris@Betterbee.com
  13. Thread: Bee Culture ?

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    Re: Bee Culture ?

    I am not a subscriber to the digital Bee Culture, mine comes on paper, so I am not familiar with their rules. If you can print an article, you could print it into a pdf file also. CutePDF and...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    No. Our woodenware comes from local sources. One shop makes stuff exclusively for us and we are working closely to make sure we have things in stock. The double nucs come from another guy that is...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    The double nucs are back in stock at Betterbee, and we are taking steps to assure continued availability. We hate back-orders more than you do.

    Chris Cripps
    Chris@betterbee.com
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    Re: Wholesale glass jars in the NorthEast US?

    Betterbee is a Gamber distributor. We also carry other jars in plastic and glass. We also offer pallet pricing. We are about 4.5 hours from Ithaca.

    Chris Cripps
    chris@betterbee.com
  17. Thread: short abdomens

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    short abdomens

    I am wondering if someone can help me with explaining a sign noted in a dead out. A customer brought in a frame from a recent dead out. There were a number of bees on it and she brought a coffee...
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    It looks like number 7 will be hard to get and very expensive. so will probably be "out of stock" for a long time. We can have 7X8 made special. We are thinking it is not worth it. 8 is readily...
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    Re: replacement creamed honey tool

    I think the 1/2 inch drill is good no matter what size batch you are mixing (in a 60 pound pail anyways). For the 400 lb batch, there are industrial mixers. For the small batches I have done, the...
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    Re: Better bee under new ownership

    Betterbee's new ownership took over on September 19, 2012. We are just over one year as the new owners. As noted, the original post is from that week.

    As to what are we all about? We are...
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    Re: Q: Mike Palmer Woodenware

    http://www.betterbee.com/Products/New-Products/-way-mating-nuc

    is the link for what I think it is you are looking for. Call or write if you were thinking something different or have questions.
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    Re: Q: Mike Palmer Woodenware

    Watch our website. Betterbee will offer what you are asking for in addition to the double nucs. We are working to meet a deadline for our catalog now, but will have them up on the website soon.
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  23. Thread: Labeling tips?

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    Re: Labeling tips?

    I have used Betterbee labels for many years. When I apply them, I pull them off the backing paper and hold them on each side with my pointer fingers (sticky stuff on my finger tip). I use my thumbs...
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    Re: Smokers in cars?

    Betterbee used to carry these, but we do not now. We have been talking about bringing them back. The design is being debated now. Any pointers that anyone has will be considered. Just email them....
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    Re: New Beek with a microscope- seeing too much?

    If you have small larvae crawling around on a protein patty, I would bet they are actually small hive beetle (SHB) larvae. There are lots of pictures online to show the difference between SHB and...
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