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?
It’s that time of year again, apples are dropping from the branches. I’ve rummaged in the attic and dragged out the necessary gear, it’s time to fire up the press and get cider making – or in this case cyser as I’ll be adding quite a lot of honey to my apple juice. This is … Continue reading Cyser House Rules
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
We’ve been on holiday and returned rested and ready to work! Well two out of three ain’t bad. We took our summer break on the Isles of Scilly and had a marvelous time. The bees have been left unsupervised doing as bees should do – which is to diligently gather pollen and nectar and not … Continue reading Scilly Season’s Greetings
So it’s been seven days since I hassled the bees. To recap, the Demon hive ie. my lovely indoor bees now have one and a half brood boxes on the bottom – with if my plan has worked, queen. Then a queen excluder another one and a half brood boxes and five supers – I … Continue reading Demon hive 2 – the drones of destiny