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I was surprised yesterday when I looked at my swarm trap and saw a small ball of bees attached, under the trap. I was successful in getting them in the new hive. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they stick around…this time!

A Ball Of Bees
An Unsteady Beekeeper Eight Feet High

One of two winterized hives

 

This is year we have two hives remaining. We are in a good position this year as all the other years (5) our bees have died. I retired from the day job in May and in two months, I was diagnosed with cancer. That is the reason I haven’t posted for months. It could also be the reason the bees are doing so well! Maybe the key is to leave them alone.  (since I was too weak to do anything anyway..) Give us a few months and time will tell!

Peach Mead With a Good Color

Our last batch of mead for the year. The wife says it’s not a sweet wine, a little dry but tastes peachy. High on the alcohol content at 12%. We will get it right in 2018!

I was supposed to “rack” (siphon the mead to another container) 30 days after the last racking. It looked like the yeast had stopped working only after a few days. So, I was advised to take the wine off the fruit. Still a little cloudy and smells like alcohol. That’s all I can tell you!

 

Peach, Blackberry and Blueberry Mead. Fermentation Halted?

 

Mead Racked Back Into Sanitized Containers

 

 

 

No help from Kola!

 

Two gallons for starters

Freddie Mercury was the only hive to produce enough honey to share. We decided to make some mead or honey wine. Since I have never had a drink of alcohol, I reserve all taste testing to my wife. She’s happy to help!