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    Re: Viscosity of Honey

    For my own use I've developed a fairly simple method for determining relative viscosity in honeys with 17-18% water. It involves simply dropping a 3/4" steel ball into a 100cc graduated cylinder. The...
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    Re: Dehumidifying honey

    I've used the plain old refrigeration type dehumidifier that has a drip pan on the bottom. The pan holds maybe a gallon. The frames to dehumidify are left in their box; the dry air flow is directed...
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    Re: Fat Bee Man late deliveries

    Just received a refund from Don's son.
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    Fat Bee Man late deliveries

    Is there a problem with Don, the Fat Bee Man? He is usually very quick in shipping but its been ten days since I ordered a queen and I get no response from his email. I hope he's just overloaded in...
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    Re: Turns out I'm allergic...

    I had a terrible allergic reaction to a sting several years ago; since then I've been stung many, many times with no problem. It would seem that I've outgrown my allergy. One thing to add is that in...
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    Re: Drilling holes in boxes...

    As for cheap corks I simply cut them from pieces of shipping foam. They look nice, and can be removed easily. When in place they make a complete weather tight seal. Some of my feeders have 2" holes...
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    Alf- BT is bacillus thuringus or something very close to that. It's at every garden center and used for moth control. It gets heavily diluted with water and sprayed with a spray bottle.
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    The box and some of the frames were burned mostly out of embarrassment. He didn't want other beeks to see his poor decision in ignoring sound advice. I hope he's reading this.
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    He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    Last week a novice beek friend who lives in Rhode Island sent me pics of the deeps and frames that he had stored in his shed earlier this year. He hadn't used BT even after my strong urging. Now...
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    Re: Very dark honey...

    This spring I quickly sold out my "Premium Dark" honey from a table stand at the end of the driveway. The honey was actually left in the hive over winter where it darkened to an extremely dark red;...
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    Re: inner cover cozy pad

    If there's that much humidity in the hive, just put a stick under the inner cover and let it vent. Let the stick hang out the back of the hive.
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    Re: Low Life Sign Thief

    A nearby college dorm is often where signs end up. My signs are printed on a laser printer and none have ever been stolen.
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    Re: granulated bee pollen

    The bees will always find their own pollen. You'll see them tracking it in whenever anything is in bloom. It will vary from orange, yellow, and shades of gray most often depending on what they can...
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    Re: Attitudes

    You'll find that the temperature makes a big difference. Also, a queenless hive can be very nasty.
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    Re: Keeping wax moths off of stored comb?

    Plain old BT (bacillus thuringus) from your local garden store. Cheap, very effective. It can actually be sprayed directly on active frames with bees. Its what Tim KS is recommending in his post...
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    Re: Undercoat with primer?

    As for latex paint, NEVER dilute (latex) paint with water. In doing so you will develop water blisters as the paint dries. If you need to dilute, us denatured alcohol. If there are any knots in the...
  17. Re: can you put pieces of comb in a feeder to keep bees from drowning?

    I've been using flexible sheet foam with narrow slits cut into them. They float on top of the syrup and there's a screen ladder on the entrance side to let the bees climb in and out. Zero drownings....
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    Re: Dehumidifying honey

    Last year at the end of the season I was left with many frames of uncapped honey; the water level measured at 22% as I recall. I stacked the boxes filled with the frames and placed them in a way that...
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    Re: Foundationless starter strip

    I believe I'm doing exactly what the OP is doing and with great success. A one inch strip of new foundation is attached to the top bar with brushed-on hot wax. It gets the frame started on evenly...
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    Re: fermented honeyu

    Beyond keeping your plumbing and vessels clean with soap and hot water, I can't think of any extra measures to take. I clean my extractor with water from a garden hose. Honey by itself is...
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    Re: fermented honeyu

    Start with a refractometer then come back with the percent of water results. At that point forum members can pass along a much more informed course of action. You can get a good refractometer for...
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    Re: bored, with thumb twiddling

    I've always enjoyed watching grass grow. During the night when I can't see my grass grow, watching paint drying is immensely pleasurable. As an alternative to paint drying, watching the clothes dry...
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    Re: How many honey supers?

    You can always pull frames of capped honey and replace them with drawn or undrawn frames. There's no problem in putting another super on either. My hives are limited to three supers only because I...
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    Re: Chunks of comb in honey jar

    The amount of honey lost to in an extractor is very small.
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    I've been storing boxes and frames in my hot attic for years with not problems at all. The first year was when I learned about wax moths destroying the comb. Since then I've been spraying the frames...
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