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
Hello again! And I think I can still just about get away with ‘Happy New Year”. I’ve been at it again – stinking out the house with the aroma of burning wax and hot metal. Whilst abluting on New Years day I looked at my Gentleman’s grooming accessories and decided leaving a razor sharp, um, … Continue reading Bowling
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
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
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