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    Re: When you mess up, they give you kisses

    My son did a science fair project several years ago to see what types of perfume, body lotion, etc would cause the biggest reaction by the bees. He put a dab on a piece of denim, attached it to a...
  2. Thread: Honey help

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    Re: Honey help

    The "water" is just a result of the crystallization process where the sugars come out of solution and turn solid leaving behind liquid with a higher water content. If it sits too long like that, the...
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    Re: Honey consumer's needs

    In addition, customers (especially wholesale customers) want consistency which can be really tough because you can't control what honey gets produced (unless you move your hives to chase certain...
  4. Thread: Wax melted

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    Re: Wax melted

    I have no idea why there's a price difference other than a big markup. In the end, it's literally just an off-the-shelf deep fryer. I don't use the basket at all - that looks like it would cut your...
  5. Thread: Wax melted

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    Re: Wax melted

    These are available at numerous websites with or without the valve installed. Google "Presto Pot". I've used them for years - they work well. I wish they made a 20 or 30 pound version.
  6. Thread: Cutting Comb

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    Re: Cutting Comb

    I've never heated it or drained for chunk honey, but maybe I should. I have about 4 cases that are solid as a brick. Curious if there's a magic temperature that will liquefy the honey without...
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    Made creamed honey with a honey pump

    On 3 separate occasions, I have pumped honey out of a drum that wasn't crystallized at all but really too cool to pump - just didn't want to wait to heat the drum. The pump struggled but eventually...
  8. Thread: Cutting Comb

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    Re: Cutting Comb

    Cut comb with extracted honey poured over it is usually called chunk honey. No need to let it drain. I find that fish filet knives are the best for cutting the comb - very sharp and very thin. I...
  9. Re: How do you Liquify Granulated honey 5 gallon buckets

    These work well for buckets and won't darken the honey. It works better if you mount it toward the bottom of the bucket.


    https://www.kelleybees.com/round-pail-heater.html
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    Re: Net Weight When Selling Pollen?

    They can be out of the freezer for some time with no effects. It's not immediately perishable like milk. It's just a long term thing. I freeze pollen in jars all the time. On warm market days, I...
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    Re: Net Weight When Selling Pollen?

    I sell pollen in one pound honey jars that hold about 7 oz. of pollen. It settles in the jar quite a bit so I probably could get 8 oz. if I tapped it down and filled closer to the rim. I do have...
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    Re: New math problem #2

    When you say pounds of honey per inch, are talking about 1" markings on the inside wall of the funnel, or a vertical inch like sticking a yardstick in the tank and measuring honey depth?
  13. Thread: Math problem

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    Re: Math problem

    I also came up with 1.5 gallons per inch. If you're looking for pounds per inch - since you gave the 12 pounds per gallon figure - just multiply by 12 which is 18 pounds per inch. Not sure how...
  14. Re: Worthwhile to wash jars straight from the factory?

    Same here. I've bottled honey for many years and have never washed the first jar. Completely unnecessary step. Home canning is a whole different ball game for a completely different product.
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    Re: Best propane fogger for Tactic

    Not only is it not legal, I couldn't imagine anyone crazy enough to try it. Below is from Randy Oliver's website.

    I’ve looked at a number of incidents of amitraz poisoning in humans (typically by...
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    Re: Creamed Honey Cosmetic Problem

    I've found the frosting usually will occur at the jar "shoulders" where some jars narrow at the top. Straight sided jars work best. Warming the jars before filling may help but is a pain to do. ...
  17. Re: Recommendations for Inspiring and Innovative Beekeepers

    Not to derail the thread, but I think the crowd funding success was due more to the expert marketing of connecting the purchase of a flow hive to "saving the bees". Not so much due to the practical...
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    Re: Randy Oliverís Varroa Management Program

    Randy Oliver talked through this model a couple months ago at the GA Beekeepers meeting. One thing that stood out to me was the effect of even a very small number of nearby hives that are crashing...
  19. Re: Recommendations for Inspiring and Innovative Beekeepers

    It may be the largest step, but I'm not sure it was a step forward.
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    Re: Issue with candle wick

    Sounds to me like the wick is too small. I use 2/0 wicks in tealights and get a complete burn with no issues. I use 60 ply wicks in 3" pillars and they work excellent.

    Usually the problem with...
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    Re: protein patties and SHB

    it appears HiveBeetle joined BeeSource just to share that with us. Thanks and Welcome to BS (no pun intended).
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    Re: protein patties and SHB

    That's pretty much the consensus around here. Don't feed more patty than the bees can consume prior to SHB invasion - generally just a few days to a week. I know a lot of folks have had great...
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    Re: Adopt a Hive Program

    Specialkayme -- Interesting profitability model -- like any model, it's all in the assumptions. 35 pounds per hive is pretty low. I would think you could raise that considerably even if you had to...
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    Re: Adopt a Hive Program

    The option I had in mind was where the beekeeper owns everything and places the hive, maintains the hive, keeps the harvest, etc. The homeowner pays an initial setup fee and a monthly maintenance...
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    Adopt a Hive Program

    Anyone have a program like this for some extra income? I've seen a lot of them advertised online. Looks like target audience is higher end suburbanites with some disposable income who want a hive...
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