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  1. #1
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    Default Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    This past weekend we had Randy Oliver as a speaker for the MBA Research Symposium.

    During one of his presentations, he mentioned that California beekeepers use one of the sugars for a brood rearing stimulation. Since it is not fed in liquid, it does not plug the hives but does provide a stimulation for brood rearing.

    I did not understand correctly whether he said Drivert Sugar, or Invert Sugar. What I saw in the picture was that there was a white pile on the top bars of the hives.


    Anybody heard of this? Any recipes?

    Thanks,
    Jh
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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    Drivert sugar is around 8% inverted sugar (retains moisture). Definitely not a syrup substitute but is a good supplement.

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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    Drivert sugar is a bakers specialty sugar.
    https://slice-heaven.com/store/show/76-5550

    You can make inverted sugar from granulated sugar, but as far as I know the end result will be a liquid.
    http://www.sugar.org/all-about-sugar/types-of-sugar/
    (see the last section on the page)
    Graham
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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    I was considering using Drivert when mixing pollen sub but it's not available at the bakery supply where I can buy fondant and I'm not sure I would want to pay the price if it was available.

    I believe that fondant will be a more economical alternative to the Drivert.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    Perhaps I'll ask Mr. Oliver directly what he was referring to.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Jh
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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    Ruhl Bee Supply sells drivert sugar to beekeepers. You can read their comments on feeding drivert sugar here:

    http://www.bee-outside.com/drivertsugar.aspx
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Drivert / Invert Sugar for Stimulatory Feeding

    Reply from Randy Oliver:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Drivert is a bakery sugar produced by C&H consisting of finely flaked cane sugar with added invert sugar. *Commonly used by Calif queen producers for dry feeding in nucs.

    Best,
    Randy--back in wet, but warmer, California
    Happiness comes from within

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