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    I'm confused somewhere, I think. If the frames...

    I'm confused somewhere, I think. If the frames are still good, why not just move the frames into a new set of boxes?
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    We used our Bee Quick for the first time last...

    We used our Bee Quick for the first time last weekend. My son complained about the smell . . . it made him hungry. :D
  3. Did you have any/many doing the Nasanov...

    Did you have any/many doing the Nasanov scent-fanning thing? From what I understand that's a pretty good indication that you got the queen. My husband and I shook a swarm (not from our hives) from...
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    I went by to take pictures this afternoon, and...

    I went by to take pictures this afternoon, and they're not bees - wasps or hornets of some flavor. Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of that cranky little black-and-yellow face watching me. ...
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    "Tiny Bees" in Palatine, IL

    Late yesterday I talked to a lady in Palatine who says she has tiny bees in the crossbar of her clothesline/pole. She would like to relocate them, and is willing to take it on herself, but doesn't...
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    According to Wikipedia...

    According to Wikipedia and my Pocket Ref, it's short for a micrometre, which is one thousandth of a millimetre, or 0.00004 inch.
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    Look at the underside of the feeder - there is a...

    Look at the underside of the feeder - there is a slot where the bees can crawl up, then across the under/inside of the white plastic section to access the syrup. If the white sections are snapped...
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    Some people get an idea (usually a woo-woo one,...

    Some people get an idea (usually a woo-woo one, at that) stuck in their head and cannot be persuaded out of it. Logic does not work at that point. They may project their own opinions onto some...
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    Even if a supplier makes things themselves, "on...

    Even if a supplier makes things themselves, "on backorder" is still a possibility, although a bad choice of verbiage, IMO. If someone orders something from me right now (leatherworking, in my case),...
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    I think Dave D. has a point. Mr. Otter called a...

    I think Dave D. has a point. Mr. Otter called a supplier on Friday to order my birthday present(s), and the impression he got was that this spring has been far in excess of what they normally...
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    I think we're down to the last couple bottles of...

    I think we're down to the last couple bottles of our cran-cherry mead - made with Ocean Spray cran-cherry juice. Definitely a do-again! Cranberry and honey seem to go well together.
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    I do both one- and multi-day (2-3 day, once in a...

    I do both one- and multi-day (2-3 day, once in a while a 4-day) sales events, not with honey but with our leatherworking. As has been said, there's less work involved in a multi-day event, as we set...
  13. Thread: Sulfites - why?

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    You can skip the sulfites at point #2 above,...

    You can skip the sulfites at point #2 above, also, if you're willing to let fermentation go longer in the carboy (or whatever) and live with whatever level of dryness/sweetness that results. You...
  14. Thread: Weird Yeast Gas

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    Our encounter with an incompletely-sealing cap...

    Our encounter with an incompletely-sealing cap was on a glass carboy. If you have any doubts about the seal, try putting a rubber band (or two or three) around the cap to tighten it up (assuming a...
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    Are you checking the temperature of the must...

    Are you checking the temperature of the must before you pitch, and making sure that the area you have your fermentation vessel in are at an appropriate temperature for the yeast you're using? The...
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    Short answer on sales tax: Check with your state...

    Short answer on sales tax: Check with your state Department of Revenue, or whatever they call the agency in charge of taxes.

    Longer: Sales tax on honey is going to depend on where you are -...
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    There are paints available for concrete, some of...

    There are paints available for concrete, some of which are formulated for floors. Finding something formulated for the food-service and/or dairy industry would be my attack, as those also make wide...
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