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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I don't. I'm attaching a vacuum line to the pot (to the port where the weight normally sits) and using that to create a weak vacuum. If you release the pressure quickly (by pulling the vacuum line...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I sell mine in mason jars, and about half my customers expect the lids to be sealed when they buy them. It also prevents leaks during transport. Using the pressure cooker as a vacuum chamber takes...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I don't know about that item, and it looks like it goes in place of the normal lid, so it may not be what you want.

    That said, it is very easy to seal mason jars without heating - assuming you...
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    Double strip on a single deep, as per the manufacture's instructions for a full-dose treatment.
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    I treat in the spring prior to adding a super, and haven't had any issues. For this treatment I target when the hive is getting close to needing a super (e.g. I know it is healthy and the queen is...
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    Re: question for canadian beeks

    FWIW, I've dealt with Dancing Bee extensively and they have been nothing other than professional, helpful and quick to fix the one mistake they made in an order.
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    Two resource hive questions

    I recently built a resource hive which I am planning on using to raise replacement queens, make brood/resources to transfer to other hives, and to over-winter some smaller colonies as a hedge against...
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    Re: Uncapped honey for mead

    Partially cured honey is at a high risk of fermenting spontaneously. I would recommend either using it immediately after extraction, or freezing it after extraction until needed. A refrigerator is...
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    Re: Anyone know what this is

    We call it that here too.
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    Re: Nectar Flow Ontario

    I've been trying to find this information myself, and unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any sort of centralised information on that front. I'm close to central Michigan, so I've been able to...
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    Resource hive question

    I've been thinking of starting a resource hive as part of my management strategy for my (very small, but as big as I want it) apiary. The idea would be to use it to generate resources to help out my...
  12. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    Its the same here in southern Ontario (similar climate to Ohio/southern Michigan). Everything is 2-3 weeks behind; flowers, farmers planting, etc. We started with a bit of strength - good apple/pear...
  13. Thread: Bee Vaccum

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    Re: Bee Vaccum

    A hot lead injection will help with the stink...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    As psm mentioned, the article you linked to says nothing about the evolution of resistance. From a strictly evolutionary perspective, thermotolerance (tolerance to heat) is relatively easy to evolve....
  15. Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    If its a single pellet, it may just be a missed shot. I don't think most kids would leave after one 1 shot...
  16. Thread: Oak on MEAD

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    Re: Oak on MEAD

    I'm a tad late in replying...hopefully I'm not too late.

    Small casks like this tend to impart flavours into whatever liquid is in them very quickly - much quicker than normal 55 gal barrels. This...
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    Re: need help choosing a yeast

    You are concerned unnecessarily; lots of people brew with unpasteurised, unfiltered honey of questionable origin without issue. Honey is almost entirely simple sugars, meaning that a brewers yeast...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    The queen is rather small; especially her abdomen. I've since released her - the bees drew a bit of comb over her cage, but otherwise didn't do anything. I move the startings of a new comb over form...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    As of last night they were still not doing anything; just huddling around the caged queen in the swarm box I set them up in. It looks like half the bees are either out gathering resources or have...
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    Odd? Swarm behaviour

    I have a question about what I think is odd behaviour for a swarm.

    A few weeks ago I did some quick splits, trying to get the splits in (to limit swarming) before 2 weeks of work travel. Long...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Most studies I've seen of varroa resistant bees have found lower infestation rates (e.g. mites/colony), which suggests at least part of the resistance is due to better mite control. But even if we...
  22. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Re: Pigs & Bees

    Thanks everyone!
  23. Re: new study on hive density and yard configuration

    Its an interesting study, but with so many variables that its hard to nail down which ones were the beneficial ones.

    The "high density" colonies had 8 hives, all:

    the same colour
    the same...
  24. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Pigs & Bees

    I have a question for those here on farms. We're looking at pasturing some pigs next summer, which means the pigs will share space with my hives. Right not we have goats, ducks, turkeys & chickens in...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Not much to explain; Puerto Rico bees received resistance by crossing with Africinized bees (which have an intrinsic degree of resistance). This resistance isn't great (infestation is not prevented,...
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