recepie for bee suyrup

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  1. countryguy

    countryguy New Member

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    hello,

    would someone plz let me know what the ratio og sugar to water is for making the syrup to feed bees for the winter.

    thnks in advance
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. This is a fall mix but we still use it during the winter. You could mix thicker if you wish.

    :D Al
     

  3. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    In the fall we mix 2:1 sugar:water. For the spring, we mix 1:1
     
  4. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There is no one absolute correct formula. Generically, you want as high a ratio sugar to water as you can get, as the bees don't have the time or ability to evaporate it down like they do in the summer. But anything is better than nothing.

    My own "works for me" technique with a five gallon bucket is to start with two gallons of hot water, then add 3 10 lb bags of sugar. As in add 10 lbs, stir, add the second 10 lbs, stir, add 3rd 10 lbs, stir. The third one won't mix well. Top off with more hot water, stir carefully so as to not make a mess. It still will not all disolve. Let sit for a few days, and it will then all mix on its own. It's quite thick, and every insect known to man seems to really like it.