I have a couple of questions and looking for opinions or recommendations and anything else along the way.
I was going to make my own pollen sub this year, but I can't find a price for brewer's yeast that I'm willing to pay, plus all the other ingredients. It seems that going with a commercial product would be a better bet.
I've used Dadant AP23 in the past, and the bees seemed to like it just fine. But I know that on this forum UltraBee seems to be the favorite. And in Randy Oliver's test it was found to be the best. So I'm thinking about using it this year. Has anybody tried AP23 and UltraBee, and how did they compare?
Another question is about mixing the UltraBee. Mann Lake suggests using their Pro Sweet or HFCS. I'm trying to keep costs down so I would prefer not to use, but I also wonder if there is any advantage to using these? An advantage say over just sugar and vegetable oil (Michael Palmer's recipe)? What other additives would be good for UltraBee or AP23--for example apple cider vinegar (as in Lauri's recipes) to invert the added sugar?
I'd be interested in other product recommendations as well. Thanks much.