Make a Crystal Radio with your Kid

We had to choose a few electives out of the scout handbook to do with our boys at home. One that stuck out was making a radio. There are a few different ways to build a radio, but the one they say dads used to make with their sons back in the 70’s were the […] Read More

Make Traditional Cheddar Cheese

I “cut the cheese” today. Did you ever wonder where that saying came from? Thing is, I love the smell of cheese when it’s being made, so yeah… I cut it. I found myself drinking the whey too. And why hasn’t anyone eaten curds and whey since Little Miss Muffet? Did she know something we […] Read More

Michael Bush speaks at Clifty Falls, Indiana

It was another rough season for many of us at SIBA with regards to keeping varroa mite populations knocked down to a safe number. Some in the club who have never treated before resorted to trying ApiVar for the first time. Others, such as myself are rolling the dice again seeing if our season’s management […] Read More

Beeswax Candle Making at Home

Tyson Hermes and Regina Faulkner led the discussion and demonstration at the October 2013 SIBA meeting. Two members having different processes of their own. You decide what works for you.The video was edited for brevity and to also put the topics into better order from start to finish since we jumped around during the meeting. […] Read More

Dr. Keith Delaplane talks bees with ISBA

On Sat., Feb. 9, I took a ride with Jimmy O, Garry Reeves and Jim Farmer to Anderson, IN to catch the ISBA spring meeting. The line up was Greg Hunt from Purdue University and Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia.  Over a two-hour drive to Anderson, IN to attend the ISBA spring meeting, it was […] Read More

Greg Hunt, Purdue U. and his ‘ankle-biting’ bees

This is the video from February’s SIBA meeting. Dr. Greg Hunt of Purdue University visited us to lead a discussion on the effects of pesticides on bees. He is also studying mite-biting bees. While mites feed on bees and their larva, RNA viruses such as the deformed wing virus (DWV) spread to bees. A significant […] Read More

Dealing with Bee Hive Deaouts

I helped my dad with bees for a small period of time in the 80’s… when I was a teenager, and I even had a hive of my own. I don’t really count this as much experience but it was enough to make me want to pick it back up in 2009. Since then, I’ve never experienced […] Read More

Soapmaking for Beginners with Jan Jackson

Jan Jackson came and presented a lesson in soap making for beginners. Many in our group have been waiting for someone to come and show the basic process since several people had a concern over working with lye. Jan over-delivered by showing us all the basic equipment and the process she uses to make her […] Read More

Larry Kemerly talks harvesting bee pollen

Larry Kemmerly from the Indiana State Beekeepers Association (ISBA) speaks to Southeast Indiana Beekeepers about collecting and processing pollen for consumption and sale at farmers markets. Larry collects and sells about 50 lbs of pollen per year. While Larry’s methods are by no means the defacto, we asked him to explain how he does it, […] Read More

Using Paper Chromatography to Monitor MLF in Wine

This year, I grabbed 300 pounds of Petite Sirah grapes. I’ve found that these single varietal dry reds use quite a different process than fruit wines. The vineyard will wait to harvest the grape until it reaches the ideal brix for that varietal so to the winemaker the variables are a bit more controlled than that […] Read More