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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    I've heard two definitions of expert. One is anyone with a briefcase more than fifty miles from home. The other is it's a compound phonetic word; "ex" is a has been and a "spurt" is a drip under...
  2. Thread: Hello, World!

    by Eikel
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    Re: Hello, World!

    welcome
  3. Thread: Mead problem

    by Eikel
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    Re: Mead problem

    I have good friends that I trust with anything but my beer (or mead) or BBQ. They mean no harm but ............. they just can't not help themselves
  4. Thread: Finders Keepers

    by Eikel
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    Re: Finders Keepers

    Just because something is legal doesn't make it right, just because you can doesn't mean you should. For my $.02, take the action that would most likely make your momma proud; she's got a pretty...
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    Re: SBB to frame bottom bee space question

    I run solid bottom boards with a 5/8" x roughly 4 1/2" entrance; no problem using a vaporizer,bees "resizing" the opening or excessive burr comb. However, when you make the move from 3/8" to 5/8" or...
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    Re: Best time of day to harvest?

    Highview,
    Don't mean to rain on your parade but from your previous post you've had a hive 6 weeks, we're starting the latter part of July and ready for dearth. Are you sure you want to pull a...
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    Re: My smoking experiment - a fluke?

    Don't use a white light, they don't "attack" but it will work as a guide back to you if you tick them off. Use a red light or even a green. The moon can also provide enough visibility for them if...
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    Re: Too much headspace?

    We figured out the problem and it was my application of the recipe, to correct the first batch I fermented a couple of gal high SG and added it to the 3 gal batch. The high SG sassafras was really...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    Everyone has offered good suggestion but failed to mention you may have to change your frame handling technique - you don't turn a foundationless frame of honey on it's side during hot weather. Keep...
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    Re: Question about nuc in heat wave

    I've got a couple of 5 frame, single deep nucs with solid bottom boards, robber screens and reduced entrances. Early on I was feeding them through the screened inner cover hole with another box and...
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    Re: Comb Renovation and SHB slim

    Starting fluid plays the devil with them too (I was near the shed and that was the first can of something I came across)
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    Re: ObH plugging all Vents?

    I use a modified box that incorporates a top entrance and ventilation screening. Some cover the venting, some don't touch it; I've noticed a correlation between heavy propolis producers and vent...
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    Re: bees arn't cleaning up

    Consider adding a little more honey to the initial rinsing and making some mead
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    Re: Unassembled supers

    The current moisture content of the boards and storage conditions are key rather than the time line. Changes in moisture content will drive wood movement.
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    Re: Ways to extract honey

    Yeap, the old beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission. Been there, done that (still doing it)
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    Re: AAAGH! These women never NEVER listen!

    Queen whistle off Amazon ($89.99) or the little bitty queen bell ($19.95) are about as effective
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    Re: When to pull traps

    This mirrors what a lot have already mentioned but I have a couple of trees that are swarm magnets and produce multiple swarms per year. Frequently I've had swarms moving in while I'm trying to...
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    Re: Little Frenchie from Quebec Canada

    Welcome
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    Re: Hello from Cape Town, South Africa

    Welcome
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    Re: Reasonable distance for new apiary site

    Depends, a mile can be vastly different based on locale and congestion. For my area, I agree with the 3-10 miles but for some 10 miles is a trip. To poke a little fun at some of our SW brethren,...
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    Racking and blending day

    Life kept getting in the way of things I wanted t do but today I managed to get a little racking and blending accomplished. One of the recipes was a 3 gal batch of sassafras I picked up from...
  22. Re: How does it work in a hive in nature? Honey on top or bottom???

    Slightly off topic but I find it interesting on where newly hived swarms build comb in single deeps. Normally I hive swarms with 1-2 frames of drawn comb in single deeps, some draw more comb toward...
  23. Thread: Hello from Iowa

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    Re: Hello from Iowa

    Welcome but beware, the little beggars can be as addicting as potato chips.
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    Re: I'm SO excited! It's HONEY time!

    Congrats on the first harvest, nothing will ever taste so sweet
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    Re: now what do i do with laying worker hive?

    I like that, sounds like the personality of one of hive that went queenless this year. +1 with adding the frames of open brood.
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