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    Re: Anybody still waiting for packages?

    I received a call from the post office this morning saying my 2 packages arrived. B & B Honey Farm in MN delivered as promised, no delays. http://www.bbhoneyfarms.com/store/ -I highly recommend.
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    Re: Did you know how thin

    I am sorry for your loss. :( Nice heads-up thinking at a time of crisis on using the sanitizer bucket to save it, BTW.
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    Re: Aerating Wine / Mead While Fermenting

    I've only just started my first batch of mead, so what follows is based on what I've read/been told by other folks. When in doubt, I'd say listen to Ben. His handle is Brewcat for a reason. :)

    To...
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    Re: Investment

    +1 on all of that.

    I sure wouldn't do it if I were in your shoes. The type people I know who have a grand to invest are going to want to see a return pretty much immediately. What does he expect...
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    Update

    Sooo..... I decided last night that since the SG hadn't changed for three days (& possibly more before that), I should probably go ahead & rack it into a secondary. I didn't add any sulfite or...
  6. Re: Hot & Cold Weather - When do I put Pollen Patties in the hive

    Better late than never?
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    Re: Need reassurance or advice

    Well, I think I've changed my mind here. I took another reading last night, it was still 1.005 with a bubble every 10 seconds or so. If it's that again tonight, I'll probably rack it to a carboy and...
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    Re: Need reassurance or advice

    Howdy again,
    Here's an update... Bubbles have slowed to about 1 bubble/5 seconds. I took a reading last night; SG=1.005. So it looks like it'll probably finish about 14% or so.

    I'd like to make...
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    Re: Need reassurance or advice

    Thanks for the replies. I guess I don't necessarily need to know what kind of yeast it is, since it'll do what it'll do and the hydrometer will tell me when it's done, right? But more info is nearly...
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    Re: Hello from Midland, MI

    No, I hadn't heard of them till you said something just now. I'll definitely look into them. Thanks for the tip. :)
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    Need reassurance or advice

    Hi all,
    I started my first batch of mead last Sunday (1-13). OG=1.100, 6.5 gal batch, added 4 g yeast (was given to me, so I don't know what kind of yeast), and 2 tsp nutrient. It started sending...
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    Re: Hello from Midland, MI

    Hi Leo813,
    Welcome to the site! Lots of great info here. Use the search function to find old threads on different topics. As you're reading, just remember that people have different opinions and...
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    Re: Thyme-honey manipulation!!!!! Opinions

    Depending on how many hives you have, consider leaving a couple hives alone. That way you can compare the results of your splitting to what a normally managed hive would produce. You'll get a basis...
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    Re: Rusty extractor

    Google 'rust removal by electrolysis' and find instructions on that. I've done several hand tools and a rusted shotgun I found in the woods, but have seen on websites people de-rusting things up to...
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    Re: How is Michigan's honey crop looking

    Knapweed and beebalm are still in full bloom. Goldenrod started about a week ago. They're not hitting the sweet clover like they were when it came out ~3 weeks ago.

    We just got another .28" of...
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    Re: How is Michigan's honey crop looking

    Gaylord area: not great by my observations. Knapweed and white sweet clover came on a week or two ago. Knapweed not quite to full bloom yet. I supered a week ago, and they're barely drawing out...
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    Re: Wasps nest in the bee yard.

    A few options... #4 is my personal recommendation.

    1. Throw rocks at it until they leave. haha- just kidding.
    2. Just destroy the nest (i.e. smash it). Might tick off some wasps, though.
    3....
  18. Re: Colonie bounce back after swarm questions.

    Michael Bush's website might answer your question: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
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    Re: question on laying workers

    Oh man, I stand corrected. I've got a long way to go, & a lot more reading to do. :)
  20. Re: Caught a 6+ lb MONSTER swarm - Need Help

    Yeah, I just read on MB's website yesterday that queens will sometimes drop a couple eggs into a cell for a couple days until they get things under control.

    Me Beeing Me - There's a possibility...
  21. Re: advice pls: hive swarmed, in nearby home

    I'm just a newb to all of this, but what about putting a box w/ frames in it with some swarm lure/lemongrass oil right there? What are the chances that they'd relocate into the box from wherever they...
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    Re: question on laying workers

    Nope. The problem with a laying worker hive is that they think they already have a queen, but the one laying only has the ability to make drones because those eggs from the worker are unfertilized....
  23. Re: Clear plexiglass inner cover. Pros and Cons??

    To prevent bowing, what about gluing a couple 3/8 inch dowel rods or similar to the bottom side of the plexiglass? They'd only have to be 3-4" long to fully rest on 2-3 frames for support. The bees...
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    Re: Stormy weather splits

    She should be fine for a day or two. Dip your finger in water, rub it across the screen to give them a drink. It'll stay on the screen and the attendants will drink if they're thirsty, and take care...
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    Re: Native flowers to plant

    Sweet! I've bookmarked the page for some nice leisurely reading later. Thanks, Joe! =)
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