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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    I ought to post more to BS, I love it when I learn things that weren't even my intention. I will probably risk it this time around since I'm done with harvesting, but if I lose bees to dysentary...
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    aha this makes sense and I'm surprised I didn't notice this before, I guess my Russian mutts (I started with certified Russians years ago), have been producing maybe 75:25 dry to wet usually in the...
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    Are you saying that it is hive dependant whether they produce dry or wet cappings? So a certain hive may produce mostly "dry" cappings? It's less common but it happens for whatever reason, I...
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    Wet and dry cappings? "Dry" as in the honey isn't touching the caps? Recycled wax seems to be the cause either way so thank you all for that tidbit. Again, still debating whether it's something I...
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    It's actually rather tough and brittle, its definitely not prime honeycomb and I'm debating feeding it back to the bees and rendering the wax.
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    Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

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    So if you notice the dark brown coloration of the comb and cappings on a couple of the attached images, I'm wondering what the cause of this is. I'm aware that fall honey is...
  7. Re: The making of a frame, with side discussion of frame rests, bee space, and Langst

    Very informative post! I'm looking to build my boxes, migratory lids, and screened bottom boards this year but may have to look harder at making frames too now. Would the OP or anyone else be able...
  8. Re: Sideliner preferred way to render beeswax?

    Thanks to all who replied. I've been thinking more and more, and my idea is this for a steam wax melter (inspiration from youtube):

    A water tank or 55 gal drum held over a wood fire with a hose...
  9. Re: Sideliner preferred way to render beeswax?

    Also I typically have to render 4-5 times through cheese clothe to get clean wax. Which method yields the cleanest wax? How many runs are needed? I'm seeing a lot of wall paper steamers and stuff...
  10. Sideliner preferred way to render beeswax?

    Steam, solar, double boiler, electric? What are your methods? I've been double boiling and I'm trying to find a better and faster way. Anyone have a good build out or another thread they can...
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    Re: Passivating Stainless Equipment?

    Thank you, I will only passivate if I see corrosion. Still curious about the epoxy if it will stand up to it.
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    Passivating Stainless Equipment?

    I have a 20 frame Maxant extractor and uncapping tank. My friends are home brewers and expressed the need to passivate their SS equipment about once a year; they claim any SS that comes into contact...
  13. Re: September Queens consistently got on both sides of queen excluders

    Thank you. I think its probably a combination of things, but it could have certainly been queen misplacement. Still unusual to me, since this hasn't happened before.
  14. September Queens consistently got on both sides of queen excluders

    I keep the metal queen excluders on all my hives, they come from both Kelleys and Mannlake. Well this September, I had roughly 8-10 cases out of 30 where I had Queens get through the excluders. In...
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    Re: Old mystery bee equipment found in barn

    Thanks for chiming in! I looked up Bee Gum hives and all I found out about was chainsaw made tree trunk sections. I wish I could see how it all was put together, I'm not sure the "Pipe fitting" box...
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    Old mystery bee equipment found in barn

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    It says "Pipe Fittings" "George Ward" "Schoharie NY" and "Albany" on the one side. The smaller boxes slide in and out of the larger box, and there is definate evidence...
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    Re: When I should stop queen rearing in NJ

    Guess I'll just keep trying, I can use the practice anyway. Thanks Michael
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    Re: When I should stop queen rearing in NJ

    I'm in upstate NY and I'm wondering the same. Someone in my be group (SABA) mentioned it might be too late to start queens but according to Kirk websters notes he rears through July I believe.
  19. Re: What happened to the yellow Italian honey gates?

    Woohoo I guess I was looking solely on google and Amazon. Shoulda checked mannlake. Still curious why most everywhere else is out of stock on these and only selling the cheap ones. Thanks for...
  20. What happened to the yellow Italian honey gates?

    Last year they were everywhere and now I can only find the cheap white ones with the bee engraved on the font. Are they not making the nice yellow gates that say "made in Italy" on the front anymore?
  21. Re: Wondering what kind of 55 gallon drums people use for honey storage?

    For now I'm just going to buy and keep 2 barrels. What's a standard price I can expect to pay? Also what type of lid do you opt for?
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    Re: Chickens and Bees?

    I haven't seen my chickens do this, but my ducks will eat bees out of the air while they're hovering over the grass/clover flowers.
  23. Wondering what kind of 55 gallon drums people use for honey storage?

    Anyone want to share where they source their 55 gal drums from? Are they plastic or steel or stainless steel etc? Brand new drums are expensive!
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    Re: Chalkbrood on honey comb?

    Yeah you're right. Varroa killed em and the mold and beetles gained a foothold I guess. Cool beans, thanks
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    Chalkbrood on honey comb?

    This is my dead observation hive which due to late swarming was weak and dwindling all winter. What is this chalky stuff all over the wax and in the empty cells? It seems to be covering the capped...
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