It smells great and I'm looking forward to drinking in in 4 weeks or so..
Since it's cooler here now, I've put a small heating pad on low under the primary fermenter to keep it warm and hopefully the yeast active...
With the 6 new chickens, the coop is a bit crowded, so we decided to butcher the older birds. The 2 Delewares were butchered yesterday, they were very fat birds, lots of fat around the organs and other places. Makes me wonder if the one that did die if it died due to this. The fat might also be because: 1) its approaching winter so they are putting on stores of fat. And: 2) I switched the whole flock to a chick food (too hard to keep them separate) and the hens put on extra fat due to this chick food diet. Now the flock is back on egg layer ration.
We bought a clone recipe kit for 'Fat Tire' ale called 'Flat tire'. It's from a company back east called BoomChugAlug.com. Price with shipping was $42. We just made it up, we'll be able to bottle it in 2 weeks if the fermentation goes well.
Well, the 1st chick (puffball) is abut half grown and I found a little egg in the coop yesterday. Looks like she is laying eggs! woohoo!
We lost one of the new chicks, the chick sized bowls of water were empty/knocked over and once jumped up onto the edge of the bucket of water, fell in, and drowned. Q feels bad about this since he was watching the chicks while we were out of town.
Well, L caught the hive swarming so I went out and caught it, 4 times... It was about 15' up an apple tree, so I had to stand on the top of 6' the ladder to get to it. I was trying to put them into a waxed cardboard nuk.
And the swarm went back to the tree.
So I got a bucket, shook the bees into the bucket and put them into the nuk.
And they went back to the tree.
So I tried again, climbing to the very top to try to pull the =m down.
And they went back.
So I got L to hold the ladder while I sawed off the branch they were on and then shook them into a medium hive body/bottom with the sugar feeder on top. That worked. They stayed in the medium.
I'll leave them there for a week then move the hive to the hive compound.
I added a medium last weekend, moved a few frames to the new box, I looked for queen cells, but did not see any in the lower boxes. Guess I should have pulled all the frames out. I should have split it then. oh well. At least I caught them.