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    Imprison the queen??

    I read somewhere if you can prevent the queen from leaving the hive the rest will not swarm. I've tried on that on 4 colonies by using queen excluder material over the bottom entrance and a full...
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    preventing swarm

    In an attempt to prevent a swarm, I added queen excluder above 3 medium brood boxes and blocked the front entrance with a piece of queen excluder. I've added honey super with upper entrance above...
  3. Thread: Honey Vinegar

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    Honey Vinegar

    This may not fit in this category but it seems as close as any.
    I've heard that there is a product called honey vinegar. I can't seem to find adequate info on how to start a batch. Any help here?
    I...
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    sweeten the batch?

    Not being a fan of real sweet wines, I probably underestimated the good job my yeasts are doing. Only a month old, the must is already dry enough to pucker a pine knot. Can I sweeten it by simply...
  5. Thread: yeast quantity

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    yeast quantity

    It seems the typical 5 to 6 gal. batch of mead calls for a packet of appropriate yeast. I have been experimenting with 2 gallon batches and even a 1 gallon batch. Should I be cutting back on yeast?...
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    Re: sanitizing fruits

    Andrew and Jack,

    I understand your answers. However, does the simple honey/water must have enough nutrient value to sustain a strong fermentation? My past few batches have included added yeast...
  7. Thread: pop bottles?

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    pop bottles?

    Can plastic pop/soda bottles be used to bottle sparkling mead? Yeah, I'm cheap. I jst don't know how much pressure to expect from wine vs pop/beer.

    Dale
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    sanitizing fruits

    I was reading a very simple orange/cinnamon mead recipe that called for sanitizing equipment, but then nothing was mentioned about sanitizing ingredients (honey, orange slices, raisins). Is this...
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    Re: Kelley's now sell foundationless frames

    I've used MBs wedge design for several years. Bees draw very nice comb from them - under one condition - I need to place one foundationless frame between two fully drawn (preferrably capped) frames....
  10. Thread: OG

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    Re: OG

    Checked again this am - 1.104
    sampled must - very sweet - but very nice blueberry and honey flavor - hope it works out. The most difficult part of this process will be the wait! Thanx for your...
  11. Thread: OG

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    OG

    Just starting with mead. I used your beginners chart from this site - had to start somewhere.

    Making a two gallon melomel batch. Used 1 qt blueberry juice from simmered blueberries, 7 quarts of...
  12. Thread: golden rod

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    It promises to be the best GR crop in years, here...

    It promises to be the best GR crop in years, here in WNY. All we need is sunshine - oh yeah, - & no early frost. Can already smell the GR nectar downwind from the hives.

    Dale
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    That's why the lethicin - emulsifier.

    That's why the lethicin - emulsifier.
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    The last two times I purchased "nucs" the seller...

    The last two times I purchased "nucs" the seller charged by how many frames of brood covered by bees. Buyer provides the box. I arrived with five frame nuc boxes and purchased 4 frames for each and...
  15. Thread: bt aizawai

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    bt aizawai

    would like to purchase bt aizawai - anyone have source they could share?

    Dale
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    I followed the above link - thanx! Still a...

    I followed the above link - thanx!
    Still a little confused - if xen-tari kills pests in the larval stage, why doesn't it affect bee larva - or does it?

    Dale
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    [QUOTE=pcelar;333858]Dale I didn't understand...

    [QUOTE=pcelar;333858]Dale I didn't understand you. Did you mean to say to apply primer first and than oil paint.

    The ones holding up best have one coat of either Kilz or Zinsser shelac based...
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    Oil base - In fact, although it is extra time &...

    Oil base - In fact, although it is extra time & expense, the best quality primer you can get is a must.

    Dale
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    paradichlorobenzene

    I read (somewhere) that paradichlorobenzene placed in stacks of drawn comb prevents wax moth damage as well as keeping mold in check. This is the same ingredient found in some urinal cakes.
    My...
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    AFB - Inspectors

    I attended a workshop yesterday where a bee inspector exhibited a hive with AFB and demonstrated burning and scorching. One of his main points is that nothing kills the AFB spores except heat...
  21. Thread: diagnosis

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    For example: How old are the queens? ...

    For example: How old are the queens?
    Unknown-bought these as 5 fr nucs last year-could be old queens

    Did the queens come from the same place?
    Yes

    Can you find a queen in either hive?
    No
    ...
  22. Thread: diagnosis

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    diagnosis

    Symptoms:
    two colonies - three mediums - side by side (coincidence?)
    full of bees
    no eggs
    only a few capped worker cells
    many capped drone cells
    almost all (90%) of bees are drones

    are these...
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    Sorry for not posting sooner - the bad experience...

    Sorry for not posting sooner - the bad experience I perceived was not that bad. Turns out that most of the hives were not queenless - only broodless. (2 of 10 were actually queenless)I've gotten into...
  24. Thread: Candy Board

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    Candy Board

    From MB site: "Candy board. This is a one by three box with a lid that has candy poured into it. It goes on top in the winter and the bees will use it if they get to the top of the hive and need...
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    What about mold in drawn comb??? I hesitate to...

    What about mold in drawn comb??? I hesitate to use it but hate to waste it if useable.

    Dale
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