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  1. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    He was using sucrose. "Caramelized sugar" is probably not exactly what was happening. His father wasn't boiling it down to hard candy, but he was boiling at much higher temperatures and for much...
  2. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    We just found out this morning, so we are planning to take corrective action asap!
  3. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    If Michael Bush hasn't observed this, we are seriously in virgin territory! I am tempted to apply for a grant and do a formal double-blind scientific experiment!
  4. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    Thanks for the info, JW. I am going to have to read more about HMF. From reading this, it sounds like significant amounts of HMF could be produced if his father is boiling the crap out of the...
  5. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    Thanks, MB. So, I asked my question very simply because I didn't want to ask it in a leading manner. I am trying to diagnose a problem that keeps occurring with a friend's hives. I think I have to be...
  6. Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    What are the potential negative effects of feeding caramelized sugar syrup?
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    Re: Stupid Mistakes

    My worst day beekeeping. My two hives were kept at a nearby botanical garden, which is a very popular place in my town. It's beautiful and there are huge expensive weddings held there. They wouldn't...
  8. Re: New Package Install Help! It's all going pear shaped!

    First of all, let me just say that I am Blackf250's mentor. He is a very attentive person and does not question everything I tell him. However, just like most of us, he is experiencing the excitement...
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    Re: Formic application methods question

    Maybe I am missing something, but why aren't people using Mite Away Quick Strips? Too expensive? Not effective method for applying formic acid? Unavailable in your region of the country/world?
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Point well taken, MB. For what it is worth, my colleague is satisfied with the catch all statement saying "All the rest of the normal beekeeping care for the hive still applies."

    He says "Oh, it's...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I think we are about to have a whole lot more of the latter soon.
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I think Steadfast (and others) brings up some very good points. Let me relate a discussion I have been having with a colleague about this to give Steadfast's opinion a little more context/weight.
    I...
  13. Re: Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    I remember reading your procedure years ago on this forum, but I just don't have any wax to do that. I would think one would need several gallons at least in order to fill a pot with enough wax to...
  14. Re: Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    Thanks for the practical advice. I will give that a try.
  15. Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    So, a little background first. I attempted (and failed) to use PermaComb about three years ago on my two hives. In hindsight, I probably went about it the wrong way by keeping my brood chambers on...
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    Thanks, Michael Bush. Very helpful as always. ...

    Thanks, Michael Bush. Very helpful as always. Just one question: I am using 3 mediums for my hive. Is it safe to assume that if I lift each box up one at a time and load it into the truck, that...
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    While I am very appreciative of any and all...

    While I am very appreciative of any and all responses, the two I have received so far have been completely on opposite ends of the spectrum. So, let me rephrase the question:

    Has anyone ever...
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    Moving Bees...34 miles!! November!!!

    Okay, my situation is that I live in Washington DC and I have to move to Annapolis (1 hour) by December 15th. I have a new place for my bees, but it is far away...at least 30 miles. How do I...
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    Yeah, folks, it is technically stealing. Local...

    Yeah, folks, it is technically stealing. Local candidates, and even House of Rep members who often stay in office a very long time will send out folks to collect up signs and reuse in 2 years... ...
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    My experience with Apiguard this year was pretty...

    My experience with Apiguard this year was pretty dismal. I treated two hives. I noticed no appreciable drop in mite counts during treatment or in either hive a week after completion of the full...
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    Okay, I just read this article on drawing comb. ...

    Okay, I just read this article on drawing comb. Very interesting, and I wish I had read it earlier this year. Two of my hives which were at full strength in the spring, failed to draw any new comb,...
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    Thanks, Dave. I did not know that Thymol also...

    Thanks, Dave. I did not know that Thymol also killed T-mites. Oh well, it's too late anyways, since I put the menthol on a couple weeks ago.


    Wish
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    Dave W wanted me to describe "very, very, strong"...

    Dave W wanted me to describe "very, very, strong" so here goes.

    First, I only use mediums. For each of my three hives I use 3 mediums as the brood chambers, which is equivalent to 2 deep hive...
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    I am getting about 10-20 mites dropping, per day,...

    I am getting about 10-20 mites dropping, per day, per hive. These are three very, very strong hives. So strong, in fact, that I will be surprised if at least one of them does not send off a late...
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    Okay, here is a question. Let's say I put...

    Okay, here is a question. Let's say I put menthol in the hives August 20. Temperatures in the mid to upper 80's. How long after putting on menthol should I wait to put on Apiguard for an early...
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