In early fall, I'm finding that each hive can consume from 1-2 gallons of syrup, in right around 24 hours. So don't try mixing food for them, in 1 gallon batches. The most simple recipe I've found is:
1.5 Gallons Water
This will give you just under 4 gallons worth. Only use the plain white granulated sugar. Don't try to use organic sugar, or anything brown in color. Plain white, cheapest you can buy. In fact organic (brown) sugars can make the bees sick. I do add a little splash of white vinegar, and about a tsp of Honeybee Healthy (https://amzn.to/2VFO4FZ ).
You'll need to heat your water, to get this much sugar to dissolve in it properly. But do NOT boil it. Doing so will break down the sugars, and can be harmful (wasteful) to the bees. We use a large bot, bring the water almost to a boil, and slowly add in the sugar while mixing with a power drill, and paint mixer attachment (like this: https://amzn.to/31dcrwb ) If there's enough interest in how to make 2:1 syrup, let us know in the comments, and we'll do a video on it.
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