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  1. Thread: Minty Taste

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    Re: Minty Taste

    I live in an oak forest but since th bee fly 1 or more miles there may be Linden or Basswood as these trees are common to Illinois. The honey is fabulous.
  2. Thread: Minty Taste

    by Plannerwgp
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    Minty Taste

    I had one of our worst years in terms of honey production. The honey however is excellent. The honey has a very light taste, is lighter in color and has a very defined minty taste. Everyone loves it...
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    Re: honey moisture

    I just did the same with a dehumidifier and a fan. There is a thread. It will work but it could take several days. Have to stir. It would be faster in 2 buckets.
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    If I have had my wax go thru a Maxant spinner would it still be necessary to do the rinsing and washing
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I dont have a freezer. So I may try and reduce the amount of honey and use 2 buckets with smaller amounts. Thnaks
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Still struggling with a bucket of honey .After mixing it is 18.9-19.0. If I wait a few minutes it goes down to 18.8. I am using a dehumidifier and a fan and stir several times a day. About 3-4...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Yes I am trying but recovering from surgery so going slow.
    Thanks
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Finally I used a fan and a dehumidifier and reduced one 2 gallon bucket from 19.1% to 18.4%..the other 4 gallon bucket was 19.1% and is at 18.7%...... will let it run for another day. This has bee a...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Recovering fro serious surgery so i cant lift anything.Since I haveseveral buckets I wil use my dehumidifier which did do thatmuc and Iwill add theuse of a fan.
    Will report back on the results.
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    Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I have several buckets with about 4 gallons of honey per bucket that I had to extract early due to health issues. I have placed them in a small room with no cover and a dehumidifier. I periodically...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I asked our landscape architect and he said it is a Sawtooth Sunflower, native toi Illinois. He also has the latin name if anyone wants it.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I forgot to mention I am a Landscape Architect and embarassed I can't identify a plant. I will ask someone in my office who is younger and more current.
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    Re: Hello from Waukesha WI

    Welcome. I am somewhat sout of you in northern Illinois. I suggest you join a local bee club as that is the best place for new beekeepers.
    Good luck
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I have a feeling it is aster.
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    Re: Honey Harvest Tips/Timing

    Your health comes first. See if someone can help and if not let it sit over the winter.
    I am in a similar situation but will,probably undergo chemo. I pulled some before my coming surgery but will...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I will look it up.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    We have golden rod but more yellow flowers that look like Daisy’s. Not certain what they are.
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    I am northof you and Ihave goldenrod coming in also. I will leave it for a couple of weeks as the bees are very active when itis not raining.Leave it until they cap it or otherwise you will have a...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    Good to hear you are improving. A horizontal hive sounds interesting. See if you can find a helper, that’s what I will be doing. Don’t give up, take each day at a time.
  20. Thread: In a Bind

    by Plannerwgp
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    Re: In a Bind

    Joel
    Thanks for the inspiring note. I am 79 and and have an early stage of cancer and after surgery will probably undergo chemo. I have thought of giving up beekeeping, but I am told my prognosis...
  21. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    Friend help me extract many supers and the remainder will be left in until spring as I have no other choice. The wet frames from extraction will have to remain in my garage. I can vent them so air...
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    Re: Moisture content

    I have several 5 gallon buckets sitting in a small room with dehundifier running. I mix periodically. It is a pain and I have surgery scheduled next week so I may have to simpoly close then for a...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    My low production pertainsto hives that have not swarmed. Brood comb about 2-3 years old. I replace about 30% a year. I I started the year withmanu nucs from a local yard that has also had difficult...
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    Moisture content

    This has been not only a bad year for production but also for higher moisture. I have used a dehumidifier on serval open buckets and after stiring it tests at 18.6. After placing it in the Maxant...
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    Re: Where is the honey

    Greg
    No I do not have the same queen. They were allnew this year and several were replaced after swarming. Sorry I was not clear.
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