No arguing over how to make syrup to feed the bees – just give them some sugar. This blog shows what they do in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I have read about people dunking a whole bag of sugar (a 1kg bag) and then putting that on top of the frames, splitting it open. The dunking… Continue reading Feeding bees neat sugar
There’s a lovely PDF here that talks about open mesh floors and the ‘DARTINGTON – INSPIRED’ UNDERFLOOR ENTRANCE showing you how to make it. The advantages are listed that It stops wind roaring through the entrance as it’s no longer a direct way in to the hive. You don’t need a mouse guard as they can’t… Continue reading Unusual entrances
Potts snuggle board info and then on ebay £29 for an insulated under floor floor. That goes under the open mesh floor. I’m not sure what this is supposed to be insulated… Any downward heat (And heat rises anyway) would be blow through with the back of the OMF being open and the hive having an… Continue reading Insulate under…?
You’ve got to have lovely neat frames for this but they apparently sell quite well and for a lot more than the honey alone! Honey Frame Packaging You simply put in a frame of capped honey and sell! No uncapping and extracting and jarring…
I took module 1 and 2 today. I hope I pass both. I think I did better on number 1 than 2. Anyway. Which to do next – assuming I have passed them both? Is that a big ask? I don’t know what to think if I’ve not passed. I wrote everything I knew –… Continue reading Well, two exams down
Lovely chart here about local plants – pollen and honeys and what they are like
Honey means the sweet natural substance produced by Apis Mellifera bees from the nectar of plants or from secretion of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants which bees collect, transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate and leave in honeycombs to… Continue reading Honey 2015 regs
Honey and nectar sources, what is the honey like Click to access MHS06.pdf Main European unifloral honeys: descriptive sheets Lots of really interesting data there. P 5 and 9 especially.
Electrical conductivity Good indicator of botanical origins of honey. Determined in routine honey control instead of ash content. MEasuremeant depends on acid and ash The higher they are the higher they are. C = 0/14 +1.74A Where A is ash content Blossom honey has LESS than 0.8mS/cm Blosson and honeydew mix has less than 0.8mS/cm… Continue reading Explain the following terms in relation to honey
Specific gravity This is a ratio so has no unit. It is a ratio with water at 4’C because this is when water is densest. 1000kg/m3) HOney in large tanks can stratefy out with higher water content layers above lower water content layers. Need to remix. About 1.4 at 20’C Densist higher (1.45 at 12’c)… Continue reading Explain the following terms in relation to honey