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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    You need a respirator and a very good one. There is a great deal of hype abut vaporizing to save the bees but very little about the adverse impacts to your health. Unfortunately many bee keepers do...
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    Re: Maxant Wax Melter

    The melters a WAX MELTER and not a HONEY Spinner. Maxant makes a honey spinner and wax separator for this purpose. Why dont you strain the honey i the buckets first and there are numerous methods to...
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    Re: queen excluders

    I use metal but they should be taken out before the winter cold in our climate, as they will act as a cold metal shelf in a freezer during the winter. I leave them sit out until first cost and them...
  4. Thread: Fondant

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    Re: Fondant

    The fondant I purchased was in small squares and hard. These sites appear to be selling soft fondant. Not sure what the difference is or how long it will stay preserved.
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    I was excited to start chewing some good looking honey comb and given that it was from this summer I thought it would have a nice light taste like our honey aways has during the past 10 years. The...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Upper 40's and bees on the front of hives. Sun came out and was above 50 and bees were flying around hives.
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    Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    I pulled some supers that we had left on after the August Harvest and there was considerable honey comb in a few supers. It was very rich looking and dripping with honey. We brought back a container...
  8. Thread: Fondant

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    Re: Fondant

    Where do you purchase it and is it one large block?
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    Re: Fondant

    Sorry for my ignorance, but what is DFM?
    Thanks
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    Fondant

    I once saw a thread regarding sources for fondant. Would appreciate any recommendations for places where I can purchase it. Due to health problems the best I can do this year is add fondant as I was...
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    Re: burlap for quilting box?

    I am thinking of using my top feeders that hols about 2 gallons of sugar water. Instead of water fill with wood shavings. Bees could get in but doesn't seem like an issue.
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    Re: Dehumidifying honey

    I extracted and used a dehumidifier and fan with buckets partially filled. Took a while but worked.
  13. 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.
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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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