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Had a quick look in the flow super. 3 middle frames are pretty much the same as far as how much has been capped off already

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So I guess you could call that a metheglin? Im excited to see you develop your technique over time, adding some different herbs and what not.

Cherries and cinnamon sounds so delicious! I’d love to try a Cannabis and Poppy infused mead. 

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Bees are plugging along filling the sectional frames

 

Went down to Margs recently and found a very similar product, same size square but only one sided, $33. Crazy price

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Our mead is done. Primary and secondary fermentation, finished up at 14% abv. Bloody tasty stuff

 

Planning on doing a honey/blueberry beer next. Perhaps similar to a Gose?

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On 21/09/2019 at 4:46 PM, Gimli said:

People say that the plastic is bad for the quality of the bees and the honey but most commercial beekeepers use plastic foundation

I wouldn't mind playing with one of these flow hives. Briliant  engineering based on a commercial egg cracking machine. Definatly good for the bees in some ways. However I think there is something in the plastic thing.Bee_foundation.thumb.jpg.3c3988c4830cd0517d054bfdfd2ed96d.jpg

Here I gave my bees a choice. I placed a bit of plastic foundation in the middle, with a paddle pop stick on each side. As you can see given the choice bee's would rather go to all the effort of building their comb from scratch than use plastic.

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On 05/03/2020 at 2:38 PM, Crop said:

 

I wouldn't mind playing with one of these flow hives. Briliant  engineering based on a commercial egg cracking machine. Definatly good for the bees in some ways. However I think there is something in the plastic thing.Bee_foundation.thumb.jpg.3c3988c4830cd0517d054bfdfd2ed96d.jpg

Here I gave my bees a choice. I placed a bit of plastic foundation in the middle, with a paddle pop stick on each side. As you can see given the choice bee's would rather go to all the effort of building their comb from scratch than use plastic.

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That's interesting, hadn't really considered this... but it kinda makes sense, don't really blame really!

As a side note, lovely top bar hive :P  

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I have a Bee problem, yesterday a massive swarm appeared(like blot out the sun massive) after herding my cats n dogs inside and then staying inside for an hour or so till they left(or so i thought) i then went out side and noticed they had made a giant clump on the guttering  near my front door, assuming the queen had landed in there and they were gonna make a nest i set up a hose with the nozzle on mist to try and discourage them from building there, they seemed to thin out a bit but today they are still there so i dropped one of those snake deterrent things that buzz every 30 secs or so in the gutter next to them, seemed to scatter them at first but now they seem to be ignoring it.

Is there any way to get them to move on? i have like 3 acres of garden surrounded by farms on all sides so i get why they came here but there is plenty of garden they could nest in instead of right outside my door and above where i park my car.

 

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Given your available space, I would install an empty hive box, with frames. Optionally you could add a lure, e.g. a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. 

If you know a beekeeper, call them. If not, look one up -- most are more than happy to come collect a free swarm. 

If it's a bee colony that has split and is looking for a new home -- the bees aren't likely to be hostile. That said, be respectful of this wild super-organism. 

 

 

 

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I am currently chasing up someone that sells honey locally, I'm guessing they would be a beekeeper.I live pretty remote so don't think there would be many round here.

if they don't wont them I will try a hivebox and hopefully they will move to it.

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