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    Sitting on the lees too long

    (Hypothetically) let's say I misplaced/forgot a carboy after only one racking. Also, hypothetically, let's say it's been sitting for about a year now, and is a bit funky tasting.
    Is it possible to...
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    Re: For thr Folks who don't wear gloves.

    Putting in my vote on the rubbing alcohol...
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    Re: Rookie Mead Question #5

    I got the recipe from The Complete Meadmaker. I wanted to see about a dry (the last was sweet. I liked it, just wanted to see what a dry was like). It's about ten lbs of honey to roughly 4.5...
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    Rookie Mead Question #5

    So if I started w/ a OG of 1.08 (I trying the dry), does it bubble any less than a higher original gravity?
    e.g. - First batch I did last year bubbled hardily for a week before slowing noticably,...
  5. Thread: Is it usable?

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    Re: Is it usable?

    Thanks !!
    I guess I underestimated the antimicro/bact abilities. Good to know.

    Maybe your brand will have a bee in the bottom instead of a worm but I would add a fresh one back in before...
  6. Thread: Is it usable?

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    Is it usable?

    In the throes of extraction, a small amount of unripe honey was left in a bucket with comb and was forgotten for 5 or 6 days, at approx. 70-90 F. However, there were five or six dead bees in there...
  7. Thread: Movie Club

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    Re: Movie Club

    There's a book club?
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    Re: The Barefoot Beekeeper

    Depends on the day, the bees, etc.
    I have had to open without smoke before, and most of the time, if you're smooth about it, they're fine and hardly notice you. There are days however that it hasnt...
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    Re: Honey Prices in your part?

    To add to Daniel Y's statement (and as we all go around touting) bees are local, and that includes pricing. Since $5/lb is about the going price around here, I wont sell much, or have many returners...
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    Re: Honey Prices in your part?

    I'm keeping with the average around here, which is about:
    $5 - 1lb plastic
    $12 - quart
    $18 - 4lb Qline
    $48 - gallon
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    Re: Hello From Morristown NJ

    Welcome - if you think you're hooked now, wait until next year.
    (Used to live in Hackettsown, a little to your NW on 46)
  12. Re: Okay, Making plans for next spring already I need some input and ideas!

    I grew up on a diary farm too and miss the life, sometimes tangibly so, but there is a reason why I didnt go into it. I broke with generations of farming, but I wanted things like decent clothes...
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    Re: Question on New Queen and Brood Pattern

    It often takes them a few days to a week to get the hang of it. In two weeks or less you should be seeing a decent capped brood pattern
  14. Re: What size hive boxes are those with bad backs using?

    I have a bad back, but I also have a 16 year old son....
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    Re: How early is to early?

    Usually, if they are out flying by then, it's pretty OK.
    Slapping a second box is not very time consuming or disruptive, (but looking for Qcells may be....)
  16. Thread: Organic?

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    Re: Organic?

    Aside from an incredibly flawed, subjective method of the "study", I agree with TheBuzz - and about every other beekeeper I know - that the term organic is just not possible for honey, or at least...
  17. Re: Should I Remove & Replace Feeder? Used Honey B Healthy-Causing More Harm Than Goo

    HBH is one of those 'opinion' topics. My son talked me into using it to beef some nucs last week. Two of them are gulping it down, with no adverse effects, two are hardly touching it (with no...
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    Re: Q cell question...

    Thanks!
    I've been keeping them going for about two weeks, and though they're pretty quick and sneaky, I dont think there's a virgin. (In their defense, it's old comb, so they're not really inclined...
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    Q cell question...

    Is dropping a Q cell in a colony that is being kept temporarily 'quiet' by open brood (and refusing to make a queen) any different than dropping a cell in a Q-less nuc?
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    Re: Non profit for the bees.

    Agree with above, plus you'd have to mess with inkind, inurement benefit restrictions, etc.
    However you may want to also consider a 501(c)5, as we're talking bees, depending on where your...
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    Re: Leveling Stand & Angry Bees

    Love the hive paintings - Russians, I assume?
  22. Re: Blowing Powdered Sugar into the Hive as Mite Control...?

    Yes - three or four years ago my son picked one up. It's like a hand bellow for powder. Personally, it's not worth the money - just use a flour sifter over the frames and brush the excess down.
    It...
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    Re: Queen Excluders???

    IF the frames are already drawn out, the QE doesnt seem to phase them, if it's just frames with starters or foundation in the supers, they will swarm before even considering filling the supers. I...
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    Re: honey in the barrel period?

    I let mine sit in the barrel (covered) for a few days for air and debris to rise or sink.
    It should not need any further evaporation.
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    Re: Bees and Moon Signs -- Folklore and beekeeping

    For the early Greek culture, the priestesses of the moon goddess were called bees. It was thought that honey came from the moon (the hive) and the bees were the stars.
    The priestesses were called...
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