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My issue with feeding is I don’t want to be cooking up syrup every couple days and 1-1 will ferment or sour if left unused. Is it possible to mix up a drum to have on hand I’ve seen some mentions about vinegar? Is there a way to do this or am I stuck mixing small batches.
 

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mix up 2-1 and cut it when you go to use it. or just feed 2-1. some of us are lucky and have a mann lake within driving distance.
 

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Do you have room to freeze it? I've made lots of batches and, if any's left over, just pop it into the freezer (or frig, if that works better for you) and thaw as needed .....
 

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what ratio for bleach like table spoon per 5 gallons or what. And to cut 2-1 to 1-1 would be 1-1 water with 2-1 syrup... math is hard
 

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Keep it simple.
2:1 usually needs "extra" heat to get all the sugar to dissolve and it will sometimes precipitate out over time.
Try what Mike Palmer suggests.
Put sugar in a container, note the level and then add hot tap water to bring the liquid level to the same point stirring until dissolved.
If necessary add a little more hot tap water to get all dissolved.
You end up with about a 5:3 ratio, the bees don't care.
Bleach at a teaspoon to a tablespoon per gallon of syrup will keep it fresh, the bees don't care.
Less water to store or carry to the bee yard.
If you want it thinner add more water before feeding.
The bees don't care, they don't do math.
 

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I use 2:1 (or as close as I can get without heating) always. If I am feeding bees, I want to FEED the bees! I have had no problem with spoilage of 2:1.
 

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yep
I run 2 gallons of hot tap water to a 25# bag of sugar mixed in a 5gal bucket and then carry the bucket to where its needed... rairly have any spoil issue...

AMK I think this is what you're looking for
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_T2Mv8Oii8
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metal barrel and a hot water tank immersion heater or 2 https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rheem-P...ERCH=REC-_-pipsem-_-306086340-_-205650205-_-N and you would have a slick system...
 

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amk; How many colonies are you feeding, what type feeder are you using to feed, and why are you feeding?
 

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50 colonies. I’m leaning towards just mixing in a 55 gallon drum and hauling it in 5 gallon buckets to open feed. Two yards I’m thinking 5 5 gallon bucket feeder types So one per five colonies. And what I don’t use I don’t want to be able to last 2-3 weeks.
 
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