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  1. #1
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    Default Question on Candy Boards

    Winter is upon us...got down to 21 last nite. One of my hives has a very light hive weight, so I'm going to make a candy board to help them out. I saw one at Brushy Mtn and they gave out a recipe for the candy. They mention a pollen substitute. I have pollen patties in the freezer. Could they be put into the mixture? Does anyone have a good recipe they might share? This is my first winter so I'm pretty nervous as to the outcome. Thanx

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    Default Re: Question on Candy Boards

    Here is my recipe:

    15lb sugar
    3 bottles corn syrup
    4 cups water
    Heat to 240 degrees and hold for a few minutes
    Cool to 180 degrees
    Stir vigorously
    QUICKLY pour into board
    Hard in 2-3 hours

    Some will beat me over the head with the corn syrup but I never seen anything negative.

    This time of year I would skip the pollen patty. If you were adding the board in late winter then I might. When I do add patties I lay them flat and pour over them.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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    Columbia, Missouri, usa
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    Default Re: Question on Candy Boards

    B-boy check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_WLCc21-Hk
    I put these on my hives last week and I like it.
    Charlie

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    Default Re: Question on Candy Boards

    Thanx all. I noticed the recipe I saw also had vinegar. Does it not help to add HBH or amino acids, or does the high temp of the mixture ruin them? I noticed the Youtube video they just used sugar, vinegar and made provisions for pollen (looked like real, loose pollen) but nothing else. Looks like this would be the perfect time for healthy additives. Thanx all.
    Last edited by Belewsboy; 11-25-2012 at 07:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Question on Candy Boards

    The Vinegar lowers the pH to be more like honey. I have used cream of tartar. I have added pro health tot he mixture at the very end right before pouring. Pro health in just like HBH. I think it could be helpful with bees consuming the sugar and studies have shown in can increase nosema in winter. The pro health is a helping hand to keep that in check.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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    Default Re: Question on Candy Boards

    Anyone else with recipes??

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