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  1. #1
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    Cromwell, Indiana, USA
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    Default Hard water or soften water for syrup

    I'm sure I'm over thinking things but should I be using hard water instead of soften for mixing syrup? I know I'd rather drink hard water.

  2. #2
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    Litchfield, CT, USA
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    Default Re: Hard water or soften water for syrup

    I don't think it matters much for the bees. However, if you add anything to the syrup to change the pH to bring it closer to a pH of honey, say vinegar, you will need a bit more with hard water than with soft water.
    "Someday we will look back and realize someone was right...and conveniently forget we were the ones that were wrong."

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Hard water or soften water for syrup

    I've pumped it from a pond before...
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Hard water or soften water for syrup

    I'm sure you are overthinking this as well. lol
    Bees drink from pools and old nasty ponds.

  5. #5
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    Kaysville, Utah, USA
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    Default Re: Hard water or soften water for syrup

    I agree. I don't think it matters. We have a water softener and my bees sucked up the syrup to the tune of 4 liters a day (at one point) last fall. I've seen them drinking from the gutter, stagnant water around a basketball hoop, a tarp, and from a muddy sponge.
    Last edited by Splatt; 04-07-2013 at 05:39 PM. Reason: Corrected amount of syrup the bees drank
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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