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    Identify West Coast Bee

    Picture sent to me from my Juneau, AK. Family.
    One of the bees that have been infiltrating there porch walls.
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    Re: cappings and more for mead making

    I did treat the must with several campden tablets right after washing the honey out of the wax.
    Using Lalvin D-47 as my yeast, for both.
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    cappings and more for mead making

    Last weekend I helped out a gentleman who had two supers that needed extraction. They have been on his hive for several years and much of the honey was crystallized in the cells. I'm surprised we...
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    Re: My Dead-out. Concerns?

    Did nothing as far as mite treatment.
    (admission): Did not try a sugar-shake...so I have no idea if mites were to blame. (won't go through another season ignoring mites)
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    Re: My Dead-out. Concerns?

    Here's the closeup of the frame where the tiny cluster was.
    Looks like something inside those cells.
    What can I do to be sure?
    and.. nobody seems concerned about the gray colored capped...
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    My Dead-out. Concerns?

    This hive crashed. In November, when we wrapped the hive, after feeding with a top feeder, there were lots and lots of bees.
    By March, no activity at all. In mid-February when I knocked on the...
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    Re: Any experience with Bochet

    Thanks for the reply, 10 Bears.
    Having been a homebrewer of ales and lagers for many years (like20+) I am not used to the recommended aging process for meads. Waiting for up to a year is difficult;...
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    Re: Any experience with Bochet

    I bottled the Bochet this past Saturday. I'm very happy with the results and find the style intriguing.
    The final gravity ended at 1.008 and it cleared nicely after I racked it to a gallon jug. ...
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    Any experience with Bochet

    I decided that a good over-winter hobby would be Mead making. I came upon a style called Bochet ( boo- shay') where a large portion of the honey is cooked to the point of caramelization. Just made a...
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    Went out to the colonies this afternoon to do thorough inspection. Total loss, both hives. No honey no brood, no Queens. Wiped out. Lesson to learn for sure. Obituaries for 20,000.
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    I've attached two pictures from yesterday, but did not take a picture of the shreaded comb.
    So I guess I should close down the entrances?
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    There were several dead bees on ground (think they were drones) but no fighting. In fact, without a smoker, I opened the top to investigate and during all this, seems like no bees were attacking me....
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    Shreaded wax at entrance

    Today was possibly a record-setting warm day in Syracuse (74) and bees were very active in both my colonies. However, I saw something new that I'd like to share with the experienced beeks. At both...
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    Odd-colored capped honey

    Pulled this frame yesterday from a colony that started as a captured swarm in mid-May.
    I had given them a super (above a queen excluder) in early August which remains only drawn comb and few bees...
  15. Re: Hello from Central / Northern New York

    Hello and Welcome.
    I'm about 30 miles south of you, in Camillus. I've been having a good year, expanding two swarms that I caught and watching my original colony from last year fill their super....
  16. 9 frames in 10 frame super - pros vs cons

    Recently I extracted several frames from a friend's hive that had gone untouched for several years. The resulting honey tastes great. BTW

    Had trouble uncapping many areas of the frames as the...
  17. Undisturbed Colony for 10 yrs. - Honey and Bees

    Had the opportunity to assist a retired gentleman (friend of a friend) who has kept a hive of bees on his land in the suburbs, mainly to pollinate his backyard gardens.

    He hasn't ever been a...
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    Re: audible alarm by bees?

    That's the noise!!
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    audible alarm by bees?

    tonight I captured a swarm near my first hive. It was on a very low branch and was easy to catch. Later, at dusk, I put my ear to the side of my original hive and heard a noise that sounded like a...
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    Re: New Member in NYS

    Not near Cedarville. Just west of Syracuse.
    Love taking the motorcycle from Ilion to Cedarville through the Gorge though!
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    Re: Foraging Habits

    I've been curious about why I haven't been seeing honeybees on all the new dandelions that are opening in the vicinity of my hives? I expected to see a bee on every other dandelion as I walked...
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    New Member in NYS

    Hello
    Just joined Bee Source Forum today. Me and my partner started with one colony in 2014. We are located in Onondaga County, NY (Syracuse) and our hive location is on 30+ acres of land owned by...
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