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  1. #1
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    Default mixing sugar water

    Sugar water ratio is 1:1 i believe.. Which best i can tell is 5lbs sugar to 1 gallon water.. When mixing this should it be done like hummingbird feed and be boiled down, or just dissolved in warm water?? Or does it just not matter???

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    Default Re: mixing sugar water

    You don't need to boil it. Hot water from the tap usually works for this amount of syrup.

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    Default Re: mixing sugar water

    Good.. Easier the better

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    Default Re: mixing sugar water

    1 gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds - round off to 8 pounds and you will find 1 quart of water to weigh 2 pounds so for a 5 pound bag use 2 1/2 quarts of hot water

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    Default Re: mixing sugar water

    Don't boil your syrup, it can be very unhealthy for your bees if it carmelizes. You can bring the water to a boil, take it off the heat, and then stir in the sugar, though, and it will be ok. For 1:1 syrup hot tap water is sufficiently hot enough for the sugar to dissolve into.

    The old saying is "A pint's a pound the world around"...meaning, that a pint of sugar and a pint of water both weigh basically a pound each. For a 1:1 mix made from 5 pounds of sugar you would add the sugar to 5 pints (pounds) of water....or 2-1/2 quarts as peter stated. In case you are feeding using 1-quart mason jars you can pour 3 cups of sugar into a quart jar and fill the rest of the way with hot water and end up with a quart of syrup that is very close to a 1:1 ratio. Close is good enough. In the fall folks will feed a 2:1 ratio for the bees to store up but this is harder to mix (sugar doesn't dissolve as easily).

    Ed

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