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Offline Big Bear

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sugar syrup
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:06:11 AM »
How long or can you store sugar syrup, also in fridge or normal room temp. New to beekeeping looking for sugestions my packages are coming in next week just looking at being ready with no mess ups.

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 11:20:06 AM »
Mix it up two or three days ahead of time if kept at room temperature and you should be ok.  Refrigerated...mix it today and it should be fine till next week (take it out of the fridge the day before you get your bees so it can warm up).

I don't know how many packages you are getting, but as a newbee myself I've found that I need to make up the occasional quart or two "on the fly".  I feed with quart mason jars.  What I found is that I can put 3 cups of sugar in the jar, then fill the jar up about 90% full with HOT tap water and stir it up good.   Next, fill it on up to about 1/4" from the top and put a solid lid on.  Shake this up good and you end up with a very good 1:1 mix.  I've even got it to the point where I know where to fill the jars with sugar and don't have to use a measuring cup...I fill with sugar to the bottom of the "L" in Atlas...I'm using some old mason jars :). 

Vitamin-C tablets (ascorbic acid) is know to help the syrup stay good and also supposedly lowers the pH to a pH more amiable to the bee's gut.  Do a search here on beemaster is you're interested...

But anyhow, 3 cups sugar in a quart jar and finish it off with HOT tap water and you're good to go for a 1:1 mix. ;)

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 11:22:01 AM »
Oh yeah...when I mix mine it first looks very cloudy/turbid looking.  After several hours it's crystal clear.

Just thought I'd mention that.

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 01:09:38 PM »
How long or can you store sugar syrup,

When you have there 60% sugar, it will last forever.

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 11:49:57 AM »
 :) thank you for your wisdom, I am On It bees come tomorrow

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 12:25:40 PM »
How long or can you store sugar syrup,

When you have there 60% sugar, it will last forever.

I'll make the +60% (2:1) to have it stable, liquid and ready to use.  I dilute it with water to 1:1 as I put it on the bee's in the Spring.  I leave it at 2:1 for Fall feeding.
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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2013, 09:12:08 PM »
You can also store it in the freezer for very long periods of time. 

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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 10:03:33 PM »
Off subject ---- sry everyone... Just wondering if you are the same big bear from you tube ---big bear homestead?
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Re: sugar syrup
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2013, 08:39:09 AM »
No i,m not I got the name big bear from the guys at work. I build power lines and climb poles, they said I look like a big old bear climbing a tree so i guesss it stuck.