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  1. Thread: Mead greenhorn

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    Re: Mead greenhorn

    Stella:
    Making mead is really simple, don't get lost in the double speak rhetoric by those who are die hard perfectionists. Basically what you are doing is cooking with a recipe and instead of heat...
  2. Thread: Mead greenhorn

    by Colino
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    Re: Mead greenhorn

    Hi Stella:
    All I use is:
    2- 4 gallon disposable water jugs from Walmart. The green or blue ones. I use the water for my mead then re-purpose the bottles, 1 for 1st and 1 for 2nd ferment.
    I have a...
  3. Thread: I give up!

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    Re: I give up!

    I started making mead last year and have got a great recipe that everybody likes. I have now found out that in Alberta it is legal to sell home made Mead at registered Farmers Markets with the proper...
  4. Thread: I give up!

    by Colino
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    Re: I give up!

    I could have left it on the hives but at 4 supers high they wouldn't winter well up here.


    I thought you'd be done by now Vance cause hunting season is right around the corner.
  5. Thread: I give up!

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    I give up!

    I tried everything I could to keep my honey production down this year. I didn't move them to good pasture, I split like crazy, I let them swarm and all I ended up with was 25 hives from my original...
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    Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    I'm beginning to think LGO is a myth. All I've been using the last 2 years is old comb and my catch rates are about the same or a little better than when I baited them. Bees like to reuse old bee...
  7. Re: Issues with Doing Cut-Out of Hive Recently Sprayed with Wasp Killer?

    Here is one I did that was sprayed, I use this to educate people about spraying bee hives. There was enough pesticide residue in that mass that residue left in my pails killed bees. I took it all to...
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    Re: The cut out of my Life!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Bumble bees entering honey bee hive

    I have seen many Bumble Bees enter my hives and most times they are never bothered. Because of their solitary life cycle I do not begrudge them a little honey. Especially in the spring when the Queen...
  10. Thread: 2 lb package

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    Re: 2 lb package

    All the packages I have ever started have been 1 kilogram packages or 2.2 lbs. I start them in the spring and they will build up and give me 100lbs of honey by the fall. It probably depends on your...
  11. Thread: Mead problem

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    Re: Mead problem

    I did some calculations, and at the present rate of consumption I will have to make 65 gallon batches in order to get a taste of my mead at 4 years old.:eek:
  12. Thread: Mead problem

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    Re: Mead problem

    Excellent information I like the beer keg idea.
    Thanks
  13. Thread: Mead problem

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    Re: Mead problem

    I'm making 4 gallon batches now and if you build it they will find it!

    12 to 15 pounds canola honey
    4 gallons water
    EC1118 yeast
    Energizer and nutrient as per instructions
    let rot until time...
  14. Thread: Mead problem

    by Colino
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    Mead problem

    I'm having trouble getting any of my mead to age more than 3 months. Everybody likes it so much the bottles always end up empty.:eek:
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    Re: Strange place for a swarm

    I've seen this numerous times in videos and I watched one video where they put a cross piece on top of a post and affixed a sack to it. The post was installed in the apiary for when bees first swarm...
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    Re: Any one see this before?

    Nice drone brood pattern!
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    Re: Oh my GOSH! Massive hive removal!!

    Yes but I just did one today as a favor I owed and all I got was some stinkin bees!:D But that aside, I think people are not charging enough. It takes some acquired skills to do a proper cut out...
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    Re: Oh my GOSH! Massive hive removal!!

    I charge a $100 per hour plus expenses plus my helpers wages and I keep the bees. Last one I did was $1650 and they closed up the wall.
  19. Re: Over-confidence, or over-stupid? (smoking bees)

    I've come to believe that the less you use smoke the more your bees will become aggressive towards you. They will come to recognize your pheromones as coming from the one who always bothers them....
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    Re: The things no one mentions...

    I installed some last night after dark for some turn key hives I sold. No flying bees, stepped on bees or bee poop. It has to be dark and there will be some crawlers so wear gloves. Use a red light.
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    Phlox Hoodii Foraging

    In my local I believe that Phlox Hoodii is better than Dandelion as a forage for my bees. These small white flowers are prolific and being close to the ground offer some protection from strong spring...
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    Re: Installing packages after dark

    I install all my packages after dark using a red light. Less stress on the bees, beekeeper and helps reduce drifting because they've all night to get used to their new home. It has to be dark, not...
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    When I stopped listening to the Bee Gurus and started listening to my bees that's when things got better.
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    Re: Winter inulation for bees and how they did

    Beekeeping is different wherever you are. Here in Alberta, we get -40C with windchill to even lower temps. So when I see all the commercial guys in my area wrapping hives every year I tend to notice....
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    Re: Winter inulation for bees and how they did

    There is no doubt that hive insulation is better for bee survival. My bee supplier winters 15000 hives through Canadian winters. 5000 he wraps with insulated hive wraps the other 10000 are wintered...
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