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  1. #21
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    Thumbs Up Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Quote Originally Posted by MTINAZ View Post
    Do you add water to thin it down for the packages?
    My pumps in the shop take it straight, no water. Most of the HFCS get sprayed into the combs. I heat it to 150 deg. and use 120 psi on the sprayer. Fills the combs full quick. Spray in 2 1/2 to 3 gal. per brood box.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    [QUOTE=. Most of the HFCS get sprayed into the combs. I heat it to 150 deg. and use 120 psi on the sprayer. Fills the combs full quick. Spray in 2 1/2 to 3 gal. per brood box.[/QUOTE]

    What kind of sprayer do you use? Is it like a paint sprayer that hooks to your compressor?

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    Thumbs Up Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Custom build 30 gal. sprayer. The tank is build out of 1/4" steel. Fruit spray on steroids.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Not very much for flowers yet, got somw rain a few days ago, should help. Take care GB
    George Brenner @ www.valleyhoneyco.com
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    Sad Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Sorry for not at this point not knowing what HFCS is but could some one please tell me what it stands for. Bo:

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Regards, Barry

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    Big Grin Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Hey Bo, are you sure you know bee's?
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  8. #28
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    I found a supplier. Crocketts Honey sells it for 35 cents/lb.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    That sounds high... hope that is not indicative of a big price increase over the winter.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    5 gallon bucket of corn syrup at the Amish store for $35, good deal? Actually the only deal I can find on it around here so it good to me...

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    I believe that is over .50 per pound... at that price it would be cheaper to dissolve 30 pounds of sugar in a 5 gall bucket. Looks like they are marking that HFCS up too high. We pay about .20 per pound for HFCS, but that is bulk. On a small scale it looks to be cheaper (perhaps better for the bees) to stick to sugar.

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Here's why I switched back to sugar only from HFCS.
    http://www.beeculture.com/storycms/i...y&recordID=686

    As I said in an earlier post, anecdotaly the girls seem healthier. They certainly take the sugar more readily than the HFCS. As far as price, don't forget you're paying for a lot of water along with the HFCS. Mostly, IMHO, I simply don't like the implications of the above article. Also, when I picked up pkgs at Parks last year I noticed he had pallets and pallets of sugar. Never got a chance to ask about it but he seems a pretty frugal guy. I'm guessin' if he's using it there's a very good reason...more than JUST $$$. Or maybe it's entirely $$$? Maybe he's had better results with sugar too so it ends up being cheaper in the long run?

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    For me sugar is cheaper
    Last edited by JohnK and Sheri; 03-07-2011 at 03:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Sundance... in your area what can you buy a lb of sugar for?

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Last I bought was 11 cents a pound, but that
    was 3 years ago and it was a 2000 pound tote bag.

    But I am near the Red River Valley and major sugar
    production.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    At .11 per pound... I see your point! The best we can do around here... even in bulk... is .50 per pound.. then throw in the labor of dissolving a ton or so of it in totes and.. well you can see why we use HFCS.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    >at Parks last year I noticed he had pallets and pallets of sugar.

    Probably Drivert. I know they buy it by the truckload. I buy granulated by the pallet (2500 lbs) and too many times a season!. I don't get any good deal on it from costco, but its convenient when I need it. I wonder what a 1/2 tanker of liquid sugar is going for now? I do know sugar prices are bouncing all over the place. Mostly up.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Last week at a local Sam's Club, 50# bag of sugar was 62 cents a pound.
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenG View Post
    Last week at a local Sam's Club, 50# bag of sugar was 62 cents a pound.
    Regards,
    Steven
    Just picked up a 50lb bag today for $26.29 at Sam's. Still think I shoulda picked up 3-4 today.

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup VS. HFCS

    Not going to comment on what i pay for HFCS 55, but it is much less than buying sugar, my time, and a sticky porch/kitchen. I drive a little less than a hour, syrup goes in the barrel, then i am done for the day. I do make some sugar syrup for mixing in with the corn syrup, man talk about booming colonies when on this mix. I think the sugar and corn syrup both have different sugars, so a combo gives a good mix of what they need.
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