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    Re: Frames with more than 18.6% moisture

    A simple solution is to go ahead and extract the 18.6% honey; there's nothing wrong with it. It shouldn't ferment with that level of water but if you are concerned, you can put it in a plastic...
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    Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    My girls have been going nuts over the last week or so collecting what appears to be goldenrod pollen! There's al 15 acres field only 1.1 miles away and it's in full bloom; another half mile and the...
  3. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    It's going to depend on how cold your winter is. How are you going to know that the super is empty- will you be pulling the frames out one at a time to see? Opening a hive for an extended period...
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    Re: How to clean scum off top of settled honey?

    I just wait two or three days following extracting (into a 5 gal. bucket); after that I simply tap the honey directly into jars from the gate valve on the bottom of the bucket. When the top micro...
  5. Thread: Cleaning wax?

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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    I use a cheap electric hot plate and a junk teflon coated pot along with some water. After the wax has completely melted, allow it to cool in the melting pot. The crud will be in the water and on...
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    Licked clean super

    On August 3 I did some extraction but left behind several frames that had honey and nectar but weren't ready for extraction. Today I looked into that same hive only to see that all of frames were...
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    Re: Minnesota beeks, overwintering wraps?

    Getting a bit more back on the OP's subject, black is an excellent for absorbing the heat from the sun; however most people don't realize that black is the best radiator of heat. On a cold night a...
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    Re: Does melting down old wax remove chemicals

    If your resultant wax is black, don't waste your time. Make ugly candles.
  9. Thread: first hive

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    Re: first hive

    By any chance did you place the hive in shade? Something is seriously wrong; it should be a full two-deeps with a medium honey super by now. We're missing something here.
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    It might just be worth it to sell the queen and start from scratch in the spring with a fresh package and clean foundation.
  11. Thread: Lesson learned

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    Re: Lesson learned

    Given the space, the bees will fill it up!
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    Re: Digital Refractometers?

    I noticed that the Amazon refractometer posted by the OP takes a non-standard Hungarian battery; that could be a problem. It could just be an oddball voltage or size.
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    Re: Two stage extraction of partial frames

    Thanks Becky, I'll be using my dehumidifier differently now.
  14. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    AZBEEK made some very important observations, VERY important. When inspecting a hive, you should always start on the outer frame or a frame that you know has little or no activity; this frame...
  15. Re: I've never seen a hive arrnaged like this before

    I may not be the most experienced beekeeper but what you are seeing sound perfectly normal to me. Instead of a medium on top of the deep brood box I would have used another deep before putting on a...
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    Re: What not to do in a dearth...

    I screwed up yesterday and caused a similar cloud of bees and yellow jackets; I put a medium box filled with extracted frames, covering it only with an inner cover, on my back porch. Two hours...
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    Re: Overwintering in 8 frame deep ??

    Two.
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    Re: Ideas for cheap/easy ways to remove supers

    You didn't say if you used a smoker first; that's something that has to be done before lifting a super, bottom of the hive and top. Secondly, you might just be too aggressive and have been jarring...
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    Re: is this some kind of scam?

    Why would someone from London be contacting someone in AL? There may just be relatives in Nigeria too.
  20. Thread: Useless gadgets

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    Re: Useless gadgets

    The frame grabber thingy- I've got to give it support. For 98% of beeks it's unnecessary but some of us have a very weak grip from forms of arthritis and other conditions; I couldn't work frames...
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    A melon-baller, the one in the kitchen drawer, works great for removing the scattered drone cells and other unwanted cells prior to extracting the honey.
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    Re: Accounting for Bee Keeping Associations

    If you are really familiar with Excel, you can create your own spreadsheet to do whatever you want. For most people the Quicken route is the easiest way and there are many sample Quicken...
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    Re: Honey color for contest?

    There are several apps for iPhones (and all of the others) that will measure color by composite colors and darkness; you can compare these to the honey color charts. I keep a list of my honey color...
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    Re: give hive beetled frames to new hive

    Forgot to mention that if there are just small areas of damage or contamination, those areas can be scraped off using a melon-baller while they are still frozen. Any residue from that process can be...
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    Re: give hive beetled frames to new hive

    If the foundation or cells were slimed, I wouldn't use them; that contamination will ultimately end up in the honey. If they are clean, go ahead an put them in another hive now that you've frozen...
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