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    Spring time plan

    Spring is approaching in Australia. In previous years, a number of my hives have swarmed once the warmer weather of Spring arrived. From what I've gathered, this is a normal biological response from...
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    Re: Honey Refractometer

    Just gonna ask a stupid question here but, the higher the temperature, moisture will dissipate with greater force, right?
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    Re: Honey Refractometer

    Flowerplanter, I don't believe the oil heater releases anything but I'm honestly not too sure, I did a quick search and find they're fueled by some sort of silicone oil. I just plug it into the power...
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    Re: Honey Refractometer

    Flowerplanter that sounds like a fantastic method. Can you share a photo of the set up by any chance? I'm a little unsure on the light part in particular.

    I actually have a large chest...
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    Re: Honeygate malfunction

    Yeah that is the type of gate and nuts that I have. Good to know that washers might fix it, thanks.
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    Re: Honeygate malfunction

    What do you mean by "nut is bottomed out on the bolt"?

    I've found out that I'm missing an O-ring. Sounds like my honeygate might have multiple issues with it.
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    Honeygate malfunction

    One of my honeygates isn't sealed and is dripping honey. The bolt to the right side won't tighten anymore, it just spins around forever. It looks tight enough though, the left part of the gate seems...
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    Honey Refractometer

    What kind of refractometers are best for beekeepers? Are cheap ones adequate, or are the ones that cost over a hundred dollars worthwhile? What sort of oils should be used for calibration?

    Here in...
  9. Thread: Requeening

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    Re: Requeening

    Very interesting. Then I wonder, what sort of practical things can a beekeeper do to determine whether their bees are naturally replacing a failing queen by their own? I suppose if a beekeeper...
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    Requeening

    I hear that a queen lives for four years, and that, in order to maximise honey production, it's best to requeen every two years, as an aged queen is not as prolific as a younger queen.

    Do you guys...
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    Re: Frames without bottom bars

    @SiWolke

    I am considering adding a thin bottom bar. I think the strip of plastic more encourages them to build comb straight, they do still attach it to the frame.

    So you spin comb without...
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    Re: Spring time plan (splitting)

    I have about 10-12 hives that I can split. I have about 8 or so empty bottom supers with enough empty brood and honey supers to go with them, and about half a dozen empty nucs.

    I have some deep...
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    Spring time plan (splitting)

    Last spring, it was difficult to manage some of my hives and a number of them ended up swarming. I ignorantly thought that I could just show up a week before spring, and do a simple honey extraction,...
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    Frames without bottom bars

    I've been managing someone else's beehives. From what I've gathered, the old man that taught him liked to experiment, he had many ideas, distrusted contemporary beekeeping standards and apparently...
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    Re: Honey spinning method

    Thanks Biermann for the quality information!

    So do you take frames out of your hives and leave them short of a couple frames, say maybe take 4 frames out of a 9 frame hive leaving just 5 frames in...
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    Re: Cheap ebay bee suits

    Unless you really want to save money I'd suggest to spend an extra $40 and get yourself something decent.
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    The bees often never fully cap a frame. Honey...

    The bees often never fully cap a frame. Honey from a non-capped cell, is from my understanding not complete honey, tends to have too high moisture content and can ferment.

    When can I spin extract...
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    What about using the fermented stuff to make mead for personal use?

    I ended up getting it all done and it turned out okay :)
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    Isn't 48 hours more suitable for comb, and since this is a compacted honey that contains about 9 full frames of honey, then it'd take longer than 48 hours?
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    One of my buckets fermented. The rest appears to be okay. Rendering the beeswax buckets with a double boiler, would be more or less be doing what you're suggesting, huh? That one bucket of fermented...
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    Are you suggesting to just boil all the buckets that have had any larvae in them? If I do so, should I add water to it to boil?

    I'm thinking of cooking down all my unprocessed beeswax as well. I...
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    Re: Selling at farmer's markets

    My default line that I say to people is "it's pure (mention the floral type of honey it is) honey that I get from (local location). Seems to work. I sell olives as well, I did wonder that I could...
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    I've acquired a freezer but it will only freeze a single bucket at a time, was difficult to find much better. How long will it take to freeze and kill off the moths? One source said it takes 10 days...
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    Re: Selling at farmer's markets

    I've been learning more by selling at markets. People at farmer's markets tend to favour buying larger quantity items, they like to buy a full kilo of honey whereas people at more community events,...
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    Re: Buckets of honeycomb infested by wax moth

    I couldn't quite figure it out, but there appears to be maybe 3 types of buckets/lids out there, if not more. I moved all the buckets outside, adjusted the lids so that they were all sealed up well...
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