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 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
Hello everyone, isn’t it nice to have a bit of good weather for once? Summer is here, kind of, and after weeks of merely checking on them, I’ve been forced to do some actual beekeeping. The allotment bees are still in trouble, with the benefit of Captain Hindsight I shouldn’t have removed the Queen with … Continue reading The Demon hive – Demaree