I was just reading the beekeeping publication that Charles referenced in another post ( http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf ) and have a few really basic questions that someone (like me) who has had bees for 3+ years ought to know. So slice me a huge piece of that humble pie, and here goes: 1. The document says to remove all empty and partially-filled supers before winter. It then goes on to say that stores should be primarily above the cluster. Dumb question: If the latter is true, why would you take off a partially-filled super that had a few frames of honey above the cluster? 2. For fall feeding, they recommend "strong syrup" which is 2:1 sugar to water. They say to heat but not boil the syrup to get the sugar to dissolve. Dumb question: What is detrimental about boiling the syrup?