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  1. Re: How do you Liquify Granulated honey 5 gallon buckets

    All my honey from last season has crystallized. Some honey is in 8 oz plastic bears, some in quart canning jars, and some in 5 gallon buckets. This is the first year my bees have produced enough...
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    Re: Warming Crystalized Honey

    I can up the temperature to 108 and see what happens. I'm not sure if it's crystallized honey or pollen or something else? Will the pollen liquefy just like the honey?
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    Re: Warming Crystalized Honey

    This isn't the start of crystallization, this would be me warming the honey after it has crystallized but something in the bottom of the containers is remaining more solid. I can mix it up with a...
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    Warming Crystalized Honey

    All my honey from last season has crystalized. Some honey is in 8 oz plastic bears, some in quart canning jars, and some in 5 gallon buckets. This is the first year my bees have produced enough honey...
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    Digital Refractometers

    I am considering purchasing a digital refractometer. I am looking at both the Misco BKPR-1 and Atago 4422 PAL-22S units. They cost about the same at around $370 but I can't find many reviews or any...
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    Re: Backfilling Brood nest

    This is normal. They won't draw out any more frames this late in the season. If you don't have at least 60 lbs of honey on the hive you need to start feeding now. You may need more than 60 lbs but...
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    Re: Buckets of Honey

    I use a light bulb in a cooler with an adjustable temperature controlled outlet. It works great and it allows me to set the temperature so I don't have to worry about it getting too hot....
  8. Re: Looking for tips on how to prepare leftover comb on cut bars ready to go back in

    I cut the comb back as close to the wood as possible and the bees always build it back just fine. The top of the comb is usually filled with honey and I want to collect as much honey as possible when...
  9. Thread: Creamed honey

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    Re: Creamed honey

    I don't heat my creamed honey. I use a 600 micron filter and then mix it 10-1 with existing creamed honey that I have. I would think starter would work the same as the existing creamed honey that I...
  10. Thread: Hive Tool

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    Hive Tool

    Does anyone know where I can buy another hive tool like this?34900
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    Re: When to medicate with Oxalic acid vapor

    If you treat early in the morning, do you smoke the bees down out of the supers or use a fume board or do you just tear them off and treat whoever is in the brood boxes? I've been treating in the...
  12. Re: How much is everyone getting for 1lb of honey

    I sell 1/2 lb. plastic bears for $5, Quart jars (just under 3 lbs.) for $25, 6 lbs. for $45, and 1 lb. muth jars for $12. I sell about 150-200 lbs a year through word of mouth and I typically run out...
  13. Re: Beekeeping consulting / advice / questions businesses?

    When I took his introductory class he mentioned answering questions over the phone for free. He now offers this mentorship, so I don't know if he got too busy or just realized he can make money...
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    Re: Queen cell with larvae in it

    Remove the queen and some bees to a new hive or nuc and let the existing hive raise a new queen. Don't give the queen to many bees or brood; you want her to think she swarmed or make her change her...
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    Re: When do they start storing honey?

    The bees will draw out and fill the comb as they have the resources. You can encourage them to draw more comb by putting an empty bar between two drawn bars. Just don't open up the brood nest too...
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    Re: Honey refractor needed?

    If you are eating it yourself, you don't need a refractometer. If you are going to sell it, then I would buy a cheap one. You don't want unhappy customers in the beginning.
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    Re: Post new installation

    Typically packages are installed into one box. If all the bees are in one box, I would remove the other until they need it. If this is new undrawn foundation, keep the foundation they started drawing...
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    Re: Hive Placement Question

    You won't have a problem if you face the hive towards the hill. Some beeks put a fence near the entrance side of their hives in order to get the bees to fly up.
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    Re: What to do with possible fermented honey?

    I'm not sure what to do with the frame with mold on it, I have some mold in my top bar hives coming out of winter (for the past few years) and they clean it up fine. I would be surprised if the honey...
  20. Thread: Nucs

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    Re: Nucs

    It will work fine, just make sure that the divider is bee tight and you have a plan for when they fill the space.
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    Re: top bar entrance

    You didn't state how large the entrances are. During the spring my top bars have one entrance toward the top that is about 3/8" x 1". I will open it up to 3/8" x 6" during the summer. I would not...
  22. Thread: Old Hive OK?

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    Re: Old Hive OK?

    As long as you didn't treat your hive the honey should be fine to eat. If you treated then I would only feed it back to the bees.
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    Re: adding a hive body

    If there is brood in the deep and in the super, you don't want to separate the brood. If there is no brood in the super then you can put your second deep between the two.
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    Re: Top bar beehive swarm catcher

    Bees are more likely to abscond with a screened bottom.
    You need more than a hundred bees for the hive to be successful, buying a queen won't fix it. If it's a good year or you feed your second...
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    Re: Top bar hive honey comb HELP!

    The hardest part of working with a top bar hive is to keep the combs straight and lined up with the top bars. You need to remove any comb that is going the wrong direction and reattach it under a...
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