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    Default Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    what causes that?
    strong hive, sort of hot, some honey is super etc.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    Did you check for small hive beetle infestation?
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    The link WillH posted talks primarily about Goldenrod, this plant blooms in fall and I don’t think it blooms at all in Florida. A strong vinegar smell is either from a nectar source in your area or something more sinister. I had a couple of hives that died in early fall and were reoccupied and fouled by SHB the smell was vinegar. If the hive is strong a little help form you will quickly solve the problem.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    Bettles couldn'lt have been real bad, but thanks, I will check a little deeper.
    35 years and no viel, but to requeen this hive, will take some garb. (moderately hot) There is some goldenrod in parts of Florida, but again will have to do my homework.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    I smelled vinegar in my hives in Tennessee last fall. Never thought about Goldenrod. I never knew the source. If you hives look healthy I'd assume all is well. My hives all lived after that incident.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    Could it be fermented nectar perhaps?
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    "fermented nectar"? -- possibility
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    nectar, or sugar water nectar, or honey that is not capped, will absorb moisture and ferment sometimes late fall to spring.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    Yea, that is what it is, fermented honey, thanks all.
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    Default Re: Strong vinegar smell from hive (only hive in yard)

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Bean View Post
    The link WillH posted talks primarily about Goldenrod, this plant blooms in fall and I don’t think it blooms at all in Florida. A strong vinegar smell is either from a nectar source in your area or something more sinister. I had a couple of hives that died in early fall and were reoccupied and fouled by SHB the smell was vinegar. If the hive is strong a little help form you will quickly solve the problem.
    Lots of golden rod in N. Fl makes great fall honey. When they bring it in it smells like dirty gym sox. tastes great though.
    I’m really not that serious

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