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  1. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    The determining factor of whether honey is ready to extract is moisture content. Honey above 18.6% moisture is in danger of fermenting because of the natural yeasts in
    honey. The higher the moisture...
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    Re: Quaility and Service Issues at Dadant

    I agree...can't see enough detail either. What model extractor is this? When did you purchase it? What was the warranty? They are going to "mail" you a replacement extractor?

    I understand your...
  3. Thread: How Much honey?

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    Re: How Much honey?

    Latest USDA Report...

    https://downloads.usda.library.cornell.edu/usda-esmis/files/hd76s004z/j098zm46r/d504rv45m/hony0519.pdf
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    Re: Queen excluder modifications

    Yes, that's been my experience as well. Also a pain when extracting because it remains in the comb and throws the extractor out of balance.
  5. Thread: Bucket feeder

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    Re: Bucket feeder

    Yes, 190 proof grain alcohol. Dip an old toothbrush in the bottle, brush it on both sides of the screen for a few seconds and rinse with water...works great.
    I learned this from someone who makes...
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    Re: what size hole for a mason jar feeder?

    "My question is what size hole bit do I need to do this? Quart Mason jars"

    Through much trial and error I discovered that 2 13/16 was ideal. It's an odd size and I used a forstner bit which was...
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    Re: Hive color question

    Color isn’t a big deal. Most of mine are a gray earth tone that blends with the landscape. That’s important in my out yards where they often go unnoticed by thieves and/or vandals while unattended....
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    Re: Honey Differences Between Hives?

    I sometimes have honey on the same frame from different sources. One source dries up then other sources begin to bloom. The bees will put it wherever space is available. In my area there is usually a...
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    Re: 10 frame to 8 frame

    I agree with JW. Much easier to make follower boards than cutting down the boxes and it would accomplish the same thing. Would also maintain a better resale value for your equipment if it hasn't been...
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    Re: March Madness Sale Monopoly

    Competition always benefits the consumer. I don't like what I'm seeing here when 3 companies are combined into 1. Mann Lake, Kelley, and Brushy Mountain all began as family owned businesses. When...
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    Re: Any idea who made these?

    I think quite a few companies made these way back in the day when split bottom bars and beveled end bars were common. Leahy Manufacturing here in Missouri made them...probably still have a few in my...
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    Re: Hole size to exclude mice?

    Hardware cloth, as mentioned above, is best. Metal with holes punched or drilled will have sharp edges that can damage wings.
    The edges are rounded and smooth with hardware cloth.
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    Re: Net Weight When Selling Pollen?

    That my vary with the brand or age of the trap. I have an old Sundance trap I bought 30 years ago and it does allow quite a bit of debris. They've now been modified/upgraded to allow very little. Of...
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    Re: Net Weight When Selling Pollen?

    I use the Sundance bottom traps and they do an excellent job. Once installed, the entrance is adjustable so the bees can bypass the trap without removing it. I've never used the top traps or any...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Closing?

    I have nothing against Mann Lake but I try to give Dadant the biggest share of my business. They are the only ones left standing out of the big operations that are still family owned and operated....
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    Re: Metal vs Wood Bound Excluder

    Switched to metal bound after using the wood bound for years. I see no difference in their effectiveness. Much less burr comb and they clean up easily in a solar melter. No wooden rims to rot, repair...
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    Re: Lyson 50L Creamer, any reviews?

    Are you keeping the honey within a certain temperature range while it crystallizes using this machine? Most processes for making creamed honey recommend temperature as close to 57 degrees as possible.
  18. Re: Difference between honey wax cappings and brood wax cappings

    Best of luck with your presentation, Dave.
  19. Re: Difference between honey wax cappings and brood wax cappings

    "Cappings placed over honey cells are generally 100% new wax, those over brood are only partly wax.
    Old wax is used in capping brood cells and often contains pollen, propolis and bits of cocoons."...
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    Re: Double nuc manufacturers?

    Michael, I love the concept of overwintering nucs, using them as brood factories, etc. But in your opinion what is the advantage of the divided bottom box? Why not 2 standard 4 or 5 frame nucs...
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    Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I'm only feeding 15 - 20 hives at a time but I use the 5 gal. plastic jugs with a screw-on cap.
    I only put 4 gal. in them which makes them easier to handle and less chance of spills. I pour into
    a...
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    Re: Where to buy Cardboard Nuc boxes

    I've never used these but you can get 25 for $125 plus shipping from Ohio. Just plain cardboard so probably
    not as durable as the Jester boxes.

    http://www.mdasplitter.com/nuc_boxes.php
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    Re: Compatibility Between Manufacturers

    I'm not certain but I don't think they do. I wonder if that spacing was caused
    by those metal frame rests that seemed fairly standard back in the '70's. They
    raised the ears of the top bar up off...
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    Re: Mann Lake acquires Kelley Beekeeping

    "The hobbyist portion IS a huge majority of the industry.
    We will stick with making everything in house as always."

    "For extractors maybe as even the 10 hive backyarder needs ONE."

    Nope,...
  25. Thread: Thin top bar

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    Re: Thin top bar

    It's my understanding that Kelley can still provide them but only with a custom order and a minimum of 1000 frames.
    This is second-hand information so I suggest you call them to get the facts.
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