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  1. Newdaawn
    01-09-2014 07:56 AM - permalink
    If you want a good meal in Bangor give "Fiddlehead" on Hammond St. a try. I liked it alot but I didn't order steak. Also had a great meal and service at Luna Bar and Grill on Park St.
  2. Submariner
    08-10-2012 08:41 PM - permalink
    A minor ID 'theft' issue. I was advised to cancel my accounts on all forums, and start again using new handles. CD does not allow that only changing handles. So here I am.
  3. Zymer
    04-22-2011 05:00 PM - permalink
    LOL, no, I wasn't correcting you, I was correcting the paper...and I got the humor in the loud pipes comment.

    As for the second bit...ya, I'm 'OK', sort of...kind of in shock...it's not me, it's the Mrs...I'll send a DM instead of posting it here.
  4. mollysmiles
    04-22-2011 04:53 PM - permalink
    Zymer, I just read your status... are you ok?
  5. mollysmiles
    04-22-2011 04:49 PM - permalink
    First of all, it's nice to see you! Secondly, I didn't read that post of yours as correcting me, but obviously bangorme has a problem with me. I saw you as laughing at the comment as I did. Some people!
  6. Submariner
    08-11-2010 11:29 AM - permalink
  7. Zymer
    08-09-2010 08:20 PM - permalink
    Some recipes call for molasses instead of malt, here's one from 1796:

    Take four ounces of hops, let them boil half an hour in one gallon of water, strain the hop water then add sixteen gallons of warm water, two gallons of molasses, eight ounces of essence of spruce, dissolved in one quart of water, put it in a clean cask, then shake it well together, add half a pint of emptins, then let it stand and work one week, if very warm weather less time will do, when it is drawn off to bottle, add one spoonful of molasses to every bottle.

    (You'll have to use some division to change it to a 5gal batch.
  8. Zymer
    08-09-2010 08:18 PM - permalink
    Several recipes say 1/2oz essence of spruce or 1lb of the outer twigs from a spruce tree. One brewer says that 1/2oz is not enough if using a very dark malt extract.

    Sugar? Added to the main batch or for priming? I never add sugar to boost the alc content, just more malt, or honey. If that's what you want to do then you can probably use however much you want, but the more you use the "thinner" it will taste.

    If you mean priming sugar, then 3/4 cup should do, or 1 cup honey.
  9. Submariner
    08-09-2010 12:25 PM - permalink
    How much spruce oil do you include in a 5-gallon batch with an un-hopped barley malt syrup, and how much sugar? My books were destroyed.
  10. Zymer
    08-08-2010 09:12 AM - permalink
    Thanks Molly, I plan on spending some more time here. I was wondering if Elcarim made it. I went through some of the pages looking for familiar names but didn't see hers.

    It's great to be back and I'm glad to see that so many of the familiar folks are still here. I'd been off for so long that I wondered if any would be.

    I'll post a blog entry with an update of some of the things that have happened.

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Posted 04-06-2013 at 08:09 AM by Zymer Comments 0
Friday 5:32 PM 4/5/2013

Both hives active. Checked about 4PM, temp had got up to about 60 but dropped to 58 by the time I was

ready to go out, and clouds had moved in.

Hive #2 seeemed to be ignoring the sugar, which isn't really surprising since they had so much capped

honey left.


Hive #1 was curious,...

Posted 04-01-2013 at 02:10 AM by Zymer Comments 0
Sunday, 31 March 2013

Checked the hives today, had ben worried about the #2 hive, thought they might have had Nosema but still not sure of that. They did lose the queen last year but seemed to have successfully bred a new one. Unfortunately, that meant that they lost ground and went into the winter with a low population and had not fully filled out top body with honey, end frames were not drawn, filled and capped.

Both hives were flying, #1 using both top and bottom...

Posted 08-08-2012 at 07:25 PM by Zymer Comments 0
I should get better at posting and keeping records.

Hive #2 apparently successfully re-queened, mated and laying.

Both hives are drawing out comb in the 2nd deeps and filling them with honey.

Rushed to get frames built for the medium supers because I thought they were going faster than they were. Put med supers on yesterday, but they still have empty frames in the deeps. Oh, well, didn't need to rush but it won't hurt to have them...at least, I don't think...

Posted 07-02-2012 at 05:55 PM by Zymer Comments 0
OK, so I checked the bees today, mainly interested in hive #2 but I stopped at #1 first- popped the covers, workers in the new deep. Didn't take it off or remove any frames. Cover back on, watched the entrance for a bit, then looked in (I removed the entrance reducers last check)- bunches of bees mounded at bottoms of lower frames...queen/swarm cells? Hellifiknow, can't tell, don't have time to rip them out and look. It was sunny when I started out into the field but now some nasty looking clouds...

Posted 07-01-2012 at 03:07 PM by Zymer Comments 0
Mother nature didn't do me any favors in the last week or so. The storms we had apparently brought some freak winds to my little valley. The young apple trees that I had left, the ones the deer didn't kill, are twisted and broken. They were the biggest and best. I doubt they can be salvaged, even if I can get some new rootstock and [try to] graft the few bits that seem to be still alive.

That puts me several years behind, I'll have to start over again. The semi-standards take 7-10 years...
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