On 01/01/2016 06:25 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Don't be so quick to laugh:
Any bee with the wrong chip, or no chip, will be droned forthwith.
Well , since I am a beekeeper ... I guess , since we're up to 7 hives
now . If you look closely at the "ingredients" list of that processed
honey product you'll probably find it's been cut with corn syrup - and
it's damn sure been heated to thin it out for filtering . The honey from
my hives is "raw unfiltered honey from untreated bees" , and the only
thing in there is what the bees bring in . And (diety of choice) help
you if you buy "honey" from China , there could be *anything* in there .
Filtering does leave residues , but AFAIK they just get tossed .You
might be thinking of propolis , a sticky substance bees make to seal up
cracks and fill crevices to keep small hive beetles from hiding in them
. Propolis has antibacterial and other medicinal properties , and is
harvested and sold by some beekeepers . I let the bees keep it ... but I
do take honey , being sure to leave them enough to feed themselves over
the cold/dearth months when they can't forage for nectar . Oh , and some
beekeepers also harvest pollen from their hives , but I don't . The
pollen in my honey is enough to help with allergies - and fall pollen is
different from spring pollen .
It depends on the size of the colony , but there are general guidelines
. With 2 deep and one medium box on , I like to have my hives weighing
around 90-110 lbs in late November . They don't eat so much when it's
cold - under 40° - but it takes a LOT of resources to "brood up" in the
spring . Population contracts in late summer/into fall , then around
late February (here , other places timing might be different) they start
to build up again for the spring nectar "flow" . Peak population in my
hives is probably around 35,000 to 45,000 bees . Takes a lot of bees to
bring in all that nectar and pollen !
28 Jun 2017 20:21:29 GMT in alt.home.repair, wrote:
<snip> > It depends on the size of the colony , but there are general
I'm wondering something about bees. I'm going to take a 2x4 and use a
hole cutter to cut holes the size of a mason jar lid. I intend to
place the mason jars inside these holes, upside down of course in an
effort to see if honey bees will take interest and build a cone. Is
this feasable, or, am I essentially wasting my time? If I am wasting
my time, do you have any suggestions for how I might accomplish the
Like CRNG, I'm a city boy and know little about nature or things
related to it. Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions/advice you're
willing to offer.
A mason jar is way too small for bees to make a colony , they like a
bit larger space . Bees don't usually make cones , those are wasps , and
most people don't want them around . Now if you hung a box about 15 x 20
x 20 up in a tree and baited it with a q-tip dipped in lemon grass oil
inside a baggie , a feral or swarm colony might take interest . Leave a
3/4" hole for an entrance somewhere near the bottom .
Having worked once in a lab where sugars were starting materials, I like
to tell people that the sugars in honey, glucose and fructose, are the
same as those in invert or hydrolyzed sucrose. High fructose corn syrup
has the same sugars. Corn sugar is all glucose but today they have
enzymes that can convert half to fructose.
Critics complain that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you but are
silent about the sugar in fruit which is fructose and none of these
eco-nuts will want to tell you that fruit is bad for you.
Honey as you point out has other flavors and substances in it and
unfiltered may simply be a product in low production making cost
You'd have a hard time finding anything but unfiltered raw honey
around here . Processed honey is a city thing ... well , actually a
consumer-driven thing . People want their honey crystal clear , and
unfiltered honey is often slightly cloudy . I prefer mine straight from
the comb , just strained thru some cheesecloth to get most of the wax
and bee parts out .
28 Jun 2017 21:04:58 GMT in alt.home.repair, wrote:
<snip> > I love the unfiltered honey right from the comb!
We have something in common then. :) I also greatly enjoy real
molasses. From Maple trees. A friend gave me a mason jar full of
Tennessee molasses, but, it didn't come from a Maple tree. They swear I
won't notice any difference (I haven't tried any of it yet), but, I
suspect I will; considering how much and how often I gorged myself on
it growing up. I actually tapped Maple trees when I was a teenager to
obtain what would become Molasses from the trees, but, I'm completely
lost as to how they make Molasses here without the tree. Culture shock
you might say is an under statement in this case. I've been down here
for a long time now, but, I still don't understand some things about
I think you might have maple syrup confused with molasses . Maple
syrup is made by boiling the excess water out of the sap of the maple
tree , molasses is made from the sorghum plant . Two entirely different
What part of the south do you live in ?
Reading this, where does Jack Daniels get it's wood?
Jack Daniel's is not a bourbon - it's a Tennessee Whiskey. Jack Daniel's
is dripped slowly - drop-by-drop - through ten feet of firmly packed
charcoal (made from hard sugar maple) before going into new charred oak
barrels for maturing.
It's aged in oak barrels but maybe not made from over 51% corn. They
claim the sugar maple charcoal filtration but apparently sugar maple
trees come from New England. From Wiki:
The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 C.F.R. 5)
state that bourbon made for U.S. consumption must be:
Produced in the United States
Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
Aged in new, charred oak containers
Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5%
alcohol by volume)
Bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by
I don't drink much hard stuff and prefer Scotch whiskey made from barley.
I never herd of maple syrup referred to as molasses. One is made from
the sap of the maple tree, the other comes from sugar cane. Different
thing with different flavores.
I even looked it up to see if the terms were interchangeable.
Maple syrup contains sucrose same as molasses as far as actual sweetener
goes. Invert sucrose, a mixture of glucose and fructose essentially the
same sugars as honey. All these things are related but the goodies in
them account for the different taste.
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