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May 29

Digital Moisture Testing for Honey at Half the Price?

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Currently a beekeeper has two choices for testing the moisture content other than guessing.   Use a traditional manual refractometer and estimate the exact percentage or use a more accurate, fast digital refractometer at a cost of $300-$450.   This may change soon with the introduction of a small handheld spectral analyzer.   It’s based on near-IR …

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May 30

Wintering Hives, another reason to use deep boxes.

While researching overwintering to get other opinions in preparation for my upcoming talk at the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference I discovered Michael Bush’s page on overwintering.  I’ve written before on the advantages of switching to all medium but never considered overwintering as a reason to switch to medium brood boxes.

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Apr 09

Queens Delayed This Year

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In a typical year silver maples would have bloomed several weeks ago and we would be seeing hives increasing in size significantly and a fair amount of drone brood.

This has not been a typical year so far.  And unlike last year that was several weeks ahead, this year is the opposite.  The silver …

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Mar 29

New Web Host

With the new look to the website, we’ve also outgrown our old web host due to too much usage on a shared server.  Part of the high usage was self inflicted by using some non-optimal code, but even after fixing the problems I couldn’t get the usage down to where the host needed it to …

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Dec 27

The Mathematics Behind Pouring Honey

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Fluid dynamics was something I didn’t have to deal with as an electrical engineering student in college.  This is probably ok as the average beekeeper doesn’t need to know much more than it makes a sticky mess when you miss the bottle.

However, I did find this high speed video …

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Dec 11

Hive Tool From Menards

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The hive tool is used by nearly every beekeeper.   While it comes in a few styles, the most common version of the hive tool has made an appearance in home improvement stores in recent years.   It’s no real surprise as the hive tool has hundreds of uses and I always have one in my …

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Dec 03

Cooking with Bees

(Literally)

Fried Bee Pupae, yum!  Ok, so it really doesn’t look that appetizing to me, but in the majority of the United States and other countries we have been taught that insects shouldn’t be found in our food.  Not so in other parts of the world where insects are either a staple or a …

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Honey Warmer

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Inevitability honey will crystallize.  While it’s a simple matter to heat up one or two jars in a hot water bath on the stove, heating up many jars or buckets can be a problem.   Bucket warmers (a simple heating strap that goes around the bucket of honey) don’t heat evenly and have no thermostat so …

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The Life of a Bee

By Maurice Maeterlinck (1901)

translated by Alfred Sutro

 

This book is far from an instruction manual about beekeeping or even the life story and experiences of a beekeeper.  Rather it’s describing bees in a rather grandiose manner that reminds me of the first time I attempted to read Shakespeare in the original Old English. …

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Fifty Years Among the Bees

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By Dr. C.C. Miller (1911)

This is an interesting book written nearly a century ago.  It contains a page on what he calls a one cent cage which significantly pre-dates my introduction to them at a class given by Sue Cobey at the Ohio State University where we used an identical mesh queen …

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