Re: Mixing and Storing Sugar Syrup
I don't boil my syrup. I'm an oddball, I don't think the exact ratio is that important, I just need to get some feeding in and sugar water works. I mix a 25lb bag to a 5 gallon bucket using a paint stir in my cordless drill. Or I use a 10lb bag to a 2 gallon plastic bottle, or a 5lb bag to a one gallon plastic bottle, if I need smaller amounts. I mix it and let it sit over night before using it.
I use a 1/4 cup vinegar in the 5 gallons, or a couple table spoons in the 2 gallon, or a table spoon in the one gallon mixes. It helps to prevent yeast growth and spoilage. If there is any left over when done feeding, I keep it in the fridge until refill time on the hives.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.