[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?
Custom build 30 gal. sprayer. The tank is build out of 1/4" steel. Fruit spray on steroids.
Not very much for flowers yet, got somw rain a few days ago, should help. Take care GB
George Brenner @ www.valleyhoneyco.com
Sorry for not at this point not knowing what HFCS is but could some one please tell me what it stands for. Bo:
Hey Bo, are you sure you know bee's?
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I found a supplier. Crocketts Honey sells it for 35 cents/lb.
That sounds high... hope that is not indicative of a big price increase over the winter.
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...
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.
Here's why I switched back to sugar only from HFCS.
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?
For me sugar is cheaper
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Sundance... in your area what can you buy a lb of sugar for?
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
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.
>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.
Last week at a local Sam's Club, 50# bag of sugar was 62 cents a pound.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow
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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