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Old 04-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #21
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I spray them with my star-san solution. I don't believe it kills them. They don't like it obviously, because they don't return once sprayed.

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:29 AM   #22
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I have a bee box in my backyard. I brew in my garage. The bees come around. They don't bother a thing. What's the problem? They won't sting you unless you try to swat or catch them. They may fall in the kettle. So? Leave the bees alone. They have enough trouble with pesticides and colony collapse disorder.
Yes, embrace the bees. I have 2 hives in the back yard. Yes, they come around, but they don't bother anything, and they drink much less than my brewing buddies

It's the yellowjackets you need to worry about. Get a yellow jacket trap for that.

Plus you get to turn the excess honey into mead.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #23
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I cover the top of the pot with a splatter screen intended for frying pans. It lets the boil roll along while keeping out all the airborne stuff. Got mine at Target: Splatter Screen

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great idea!,... yet this screen is too small in diameter for a mega pot.

nothing says thought that one can't be fabed to fit.

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A screen is a solution in search of a problem ... when bees hit the boiling wort they are instantly killed (sad) and sanitized (good). If you are worrying about the time when you are cooling, the wort should be covered anyway as it's the stuff you can't see that's falling in your wort that will have an impact.

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A screen is a solution in search of a problem ... when bees hit the boiling wort they are instantly killed (sad) and sanitized (good). If you are worrying about the time when you are cooling, the wort should be covered anyway as it's the stuff you can't see that's falling in your wort that will have an impact.
What about leaves and such?

That said, good point about keeping out microscropic invaders by simply putting the lid back on the pot when it is cooling down.

As for the guy with too big a pot for the splatter screen, how about screen window screen (is that redundant, like hot water heater?).
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What about leaves and such?

That said, good point about keeping out microscropic invaders by simply putting the lid back on the pot when it is cooling down.

As for the guy with too big a pot for the splatter screen, how about screen window screen (is that redundant, like hot water heater?).
I guess I don't think about leaves falling in. I live in a new subdivision so there's nothing that is over my pot. Window screen would work more than fine, a few dowels or lath strips to make a frame and you are done.
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I've never had a bee just dive right in to the kettle. They usually just fly around it.

As far as chilling goes I always cover the kettle with foil to keep stuff out.

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