With the pears out of the way for the moment it’s time to turn to what’s become an annual ritual, pressing the apples. Unlike beer, I only get one shot a year at this. Loosing a batch of stout might be annoying but I can have another batch on the go in days, loosing cid/cys/er … Continue reading Cysing up
There’s something I’ve been meaning to sort out for a while, the last two summers my workshop has been awash with loose bees because of my shoddy woodwork on the hive entrance . I should have done it last year but what with footgate and a couple of rounds of surgery on my face I … Continue reading Making an entrance
I’ve been at it again. I’ve been off with ‘flu, the proper one, not man’ flu. I had a blank left from making my shaving bowl and I few days where I felt fine as long as didn’t attempt to move too much. So I sat there with a bit of beeswax and started on … Continue reading Bee Ware
Hello there fans! Well this is an odd time of year, I’m pretty sure my bees should be hunkered down for the winter but with outside being a freakish 18C yesterday they’ve been flying. This is not great – yes it gives them a chance to make a cleansing flight ( ie. Have a crap) … Continue reading Frozen! – Ice Cream and Ice Mead
If you know a beekeeper, the chances are you know someone with a surplus of beeswax. This leaves me with a bit of a problem – beeswax accumulates and I ought to do something to get rid of it. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t have a heck of a lot of call for … Continue reading House of Wax
I’ve been a bit slack on posting ( again ) but things are going well – I’ve split my apple juice into two batches – one for straight cider, one for cyser. The first ferment was done after about ten days – taking the S.G. from 1.045 to 1.002. I added a teaspoon of tannin … Continue reading Sham pain anyone?
Well hey! Back off holiday and the first job ( before even unpacking) is to check the hives. Good news on the allotment – there are eggs and capped brood which means the bees have at last managed to rear a queen. They’re not out of trouble yet – they’re going to need a lot … Continue reading Extraction day