Page 3 of 10 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Results 41 to 60 of 186
  1. #41
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Walker, Alabama, USA
    Posts
    915

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Can you point me to those studies? All I have been able to find is that vitamin B-12 complex is utilized by bees but nothing on any other vitamins (except C). I've found nothing at all about electrolytes. Nor about probiotics. In fact, I was under the impression that lactic acid isn't good for them! Shows how much I know! So any studies that will help me sort this all out will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Rusty

    edited to add that I rediscovered this thread among my links and I'm busy reading!

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...e-bee-and-hive

    It never ceases to amaze me how much about bees some of us know AND ARE WILLING TO SHARE! Thank you, Michael Bush et al!
    Last edited by Rusty Hills Farm; 11-15-2013 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Addtional information
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    KC, MO, USA
    Posts
    1,209

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    http://scialert.net/qredirect.php?do...592&linkid=pdf


    Here another one not sure where I got it but if you search the title in google you will find it "IMPROVEMENT OF THE COMPOSITION OF POLLEN SUBSTITUTE FOR HONEY BEE (Apis mellifera L.),THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION OF PROBIOTIC PREPARATIONS"

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Walker, Alabama, USA
    Posts
    915

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Thank you!



    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  4. #44
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Belews Creek, NC, USA
    Posts
    334

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I have 2) nucs that are too light going into winter. Last fall I made candy by heating water and sugar and the block came out really hard. The bees ate it, but I wasn't crazy about the process. After seeing Lauri's post I decided to give it a try. I made up 2) 3/4" shims for the nucs. Then I made the sugar mix using 2) 4 lb bags of sugar and 1/3 quart of AC vinegar. I ordered the vitamins Lauri recommends, but did not use it as I had a small window of good weather to deal with. I did add a little pollen substitute to the mix. I may include some HBH in the next batch, but omitted it on this batch so as not to set off robbing. I placed a shim on a bread pan, added the mix and used a rolling pin to compress. I sliced the cake into 3 bricks and gently removed the shim. They were placed into the oven at 170 degrees for a good 5 or 6 hours. Two bricks broke as they were not dry on the bottom, so I gave them a few more hours. Four bricks remained intact and came out perfect. I really like the consistency of these bricks compared to the hard candy from last year. The whole process was quite easy, and a 4 lb bag of sugar is perfect for a nuc...you'll get 3 bricks of a perfect size since you're using the shim as a mold. I actually only used 2) bricks per nuc. The only thing I will do differently next time is to put the wet bricks on a cake cooling rack while in the oven so they will dry out more evenly and faster. My full size hives I got up to 130 lbs this fall, so I might not need the candy, but last week the lows were 19 degrees...today it got up to 70 degrees so it looks like we're in for another quirky winter. Thanks for sharing, Lauri...I'll let you know how they like it! Here's a picture of a broken brick.
    IMG_0699.jpg

  5. #45
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    3,060

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Belewsboy, wait three weeks you may get the chance to use those vitamins. I have one nuc that used up 3 lbs of sugar in 3 weeks.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  6. #46
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Ocean NJ USA
    Posts
    9

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Sounds Great
    I only have a few hives. Have you made smaller batches?
    Have you checked the pH level?
    Last edited by DJW; 11-20-2013 at 10:04 AM.

  7. #47
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    thomasville, north carolina USA
    Posts
    99

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by DJW View Post
    Sounds Great
    I only have a few hives. Have you made smaller batches?
    Have you checked the pH level?
    I'll let you know how it turns out, I only have 1 &1/2 hives meaning not sure if I'll have enough bees in my second hive.
    I made mine with a 4 pound bag of sugar & 1 cup of Bragg vinegar about 1/8 teaspoon of the electrolytes Lauri recommended and about 1/2 teaspoon of dry pollen. I'm going to put it in the oven around 11:00pm tonight on my warm setting and look at it tomorrow morning around 7am that will be around 8 hours.

  8. #48
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    thomasville, north carolina USA
    Posts
    99

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Not sure if i did something wrong, my setting was around 150. Been in oven over night about 8 hours, i checked and still liquefied in areas. Not sure if it comes out of the oven this way or needs to stay in longer. I set my temp to 200 and ill check in an 1/2 hour to see if it changed at all.
    Well nothing changed so I'll say I must have done it wrong and I'll let it harden up in the pan and throw this away since it's liquid and brown color not like the other pictures shown, I think once it cools down it'll be like rock candy
    Reading all the post again I say I made the mistake in adding to much vinegar, my mixture was sticky and from what Lauri posted "Mixture will feel very soft, but not wet or sticky."
    Well was wanting to put some in the hive today so instead I'll go to the store and pick up another 4# bag of sugar and try again tonight
    Last edited by herbcoop; 12-15-2013 at 05:57 AM.

  9. #49
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Cloquet, MN
    Posts
    70

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    After mixed, it should be like snow..kind of crunchy but slightly moist. I baked mine at 170 for a couple of hours. I found they harden up after they come out of the oven in the cool down process. I put parchment paper on my cookie sheets. Makes it easier to get bricks off the sheet.

  10. #50
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Roy, Wa
    Posts
    1,674

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by herbcoop View Post
    Lauri recommended and about 1/2 teaspoon of dry pollen.
    I sometime sprinkle dry protein on top, but not in the mix. (Don't feed them solids if they can't get out for regular clensing flights) By sprinkling on top they can take it or leave it-their choice.
    Here is how one of my very smallest mini nuc colonies faired after our 10 days of very cold weather.
    Heres how big the block was when I installed them November 10th. Ya, there are bees in here,just driven down with a puff. This is about a 2 1/2# block. You can see the beepro sprinkled on top:



    After 10 days very cold temps..a few days in the single digits-wind chill temps below 0, I went straight out to my smallest mini nuc and took a peak. Temps today reached about 45 degrees, just enough so I could crack the insulated inner cover and take a pic and glance. These were late mating nucs with a virgin introduced early August. Only on 4 -5 half sized deep frames with outside frames being totally empty, foundation only. I left them this way just to see if they would overwinter on a colony that small, in a not so perfect interior. I was glad to see they looked great. I was surprised to see how much of the sugar block they had consumed. Placed directly over the cluster, it gave them the feed they needed with out forcing them to break the cluster move.(Although these had nothing to move to) Placing frames of honey over the cluster would have given them too large an interior. When I get a day that is above 50, I will push the remaining sugar block together in the center over the cluster and will plan to replace it in a few weeks.




    All my colonies in singles-from 10 standard frames to these small ones got a brick. No need to move to feed within the hive, easy feed source directly above the cluster. Condensation collects on the sugar and makes it available to them in the form of occasional syrup droplets.

  11. #51
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Osage County, Kansas
    Posts
    43

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Seeing those pics makes me think I better check mine on the next available day. They may go through this much faster than I expected. We've had bitter cold temps here in KS the last couple weeks.

  12. #52
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    3,060

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    We where able to check on our hives yesterday. they are still goign on the feeding they got in November. the cold weather has slowed them down a bit.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  13. #53
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
    Posts
    257

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Thankyou Lauri! I checked my hives today as it was just warm and sunny enough for them to take cleansing flights and some need more sugar bricks...will be cooking up a storm tonight, using your recipe!

  14. #54
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Great Falls Montana
    Posts
    4,063

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I found an easier way and I like easy. Just add 1 pt of water to a 10# bag of sugar ,scale up as you like, and mix til all sugar, water and your other additives are mixed into a sludge. I put the sludge into Dixie placticized soup bowls that hold about a pound and a half. I carefully invert the packed moist sugar and let it dry into a sugar brick or if I don't make them ahead, just invert them wet onto top bars over cluster. I just made some bigger ones up by putting 5# of the sludge into a doubled newspaper and folding it into a square. I bet the bees will get rid of the paper and it will be less messy to handle.

  15. #55
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    thomasville, north carolina USA
    Posts
    99

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    OK, I got it to work tonight... Way to much vinegar last time.
    The only problem I encountered tonight was from my wife and 16 year old daughter saying the next time I plan on doing this will be on a Saturday morning or a day off from work and they will be gone all day so I can air out the house "LOL"

  16. #56
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Roy, Wa
    Posts
    1,674

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    If you use a bit of Lemongrass oil or Pro Health..your house will smell great!

  17. #57
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    thomasville, north carolina USA
    Posts
    99

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauri View Post
    If you use a bit of Lemongrass oil or Pro Health..your house will smell great!
    Lemon grass won't bring on robbing or any unwanted bees to the hive when I put the candy in? I know its used to attract and catch swarms?
    Another question when I'm at it, when I add this to my hive to I need to smoke them or should I be good to pop the top and slide a chunk in without them getting cranky? Thanks for your advice

  18. #58
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    3,060

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I don't think you need to worry about lemongrass oil attracting unwanted bees when it is added to sugar bricks. Robber bees would be far more likely to be attracted to established hives due to the honey in it than lemongrass oil. Also for this time of year you would not have a whole lot of foraging and robbing going on.

    I do not use smoke this time of year either. but timing is a consideration. I like it to be between 30 and 40 degrees. Even at that on a sunny day the bees may be active inside the hive. It makes it hard to add sugar wile the bees are crawling all over what is left.

    Keep in mind the sugar is right under the outer cover. I just lift the top pour in the sugar and close it again. you do not want to disturb or break up the cluster they are in. So very quickly in and out and no more than to put sugar at the top of the hive.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  19. #59
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    KC, MO, USA
    Posts
    1,209

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Made a batch of this a few weeks ago, left it out to dry 1-2 weeks, formed nice little bricks. I made mine about 1/2 inch so I can fit above the inner cover (mason jar hole). Bees started to eat them before the lid was closed.
    Very easy to make, the last few years I've been cooking syrup to candy-- Never Again!

    I left the EO out I think the apple cider vinegar is more then enough to encourage the bees to eat them. Also I think the EO's might kill probiotics in the vitamins and electrolytes. Also no pollen for them yet.

  20. #60
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Springfield, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    458

    Default Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by herbcoop View Post
    OK, I got it to work tonight... Way to much vinegar last time.
    The only problem I encountered tonight was from my wife and 16 year old daughter saying the next time I plan on doing this will be on a Saturday morning or a day off from work and they will be gone all day so I can air out the house "LOL"
    Hehe. Similar comments here.

    I made some bricks this week, and used 5 lb. sugar plus 3/4 cup of ACV. I didn't have citric acid, but I did have ascorbic acid. I placed about 1/2 of the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, added the ascorbic acid, started mixing and then added about 1/2 of the vinegar. Once the sugar was evenly wetted I added the remaining sugar, stirred for a little while more, then drizzled in the remaining vinegar while stirring. I couldn't locate my lemongrass oil, but figure that the ACV may provide enough stimulation. The whisk attachment on a stand mixer made this process a breeze, and the final consistency was like that of wet snow. It only took about 1 minute. I then lined some cake pans with the paper that comes in-between sheets of foundation and molded the mix into 1.5 inch thick blocks. I then 'frosted' the exposed face with some dry MegaBee. The bricks went into the oven at 200 for a couple of hours, and were allowed to sit overnight.

    Since it is baking season in my house, the pans go back into the oven after the oven has been used and is in the process of cooling down. So far, no vinegar flavorings to be had, though I did just now have an interesting idea for vinegar-flavored Grinch cookies.

    I will place a spacer on the hive when I introduce the bricks. This should happen at the end of the week, when temps are predicted to be in the low 50s after 2 weeks of freezing temps.
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
    To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

Page 3 of 10 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads