Spring is the perfect time to get started with a new colony. “Splitting” is a cost-effective way of establishing a new hive and one of the best gifts an experienced beekeeper can give someone new to the hobby. Hilary Kearney explains how to do it and how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with this common beekeeping practice.
Although many people have tried, you’ll find that if you place an empty hive in your yard it’s unlikely that a colony will just move in. Beehives are designed to be a perfect home for bees – here are some of the ways you can get a colony to call your Flow Hive home.
Flow’s “honey on tap” harvesting technology allows for the honey flavours from individual nectar sources to shine through– much to the delight of honey connoisseurs. Consumers and apiarists are reporting that Flow harvested honey tastes better. Now a University of Queensland (Australia) study has confirmed that you really can Taste the Difference!
According to the Flow-commissioned study “Sensory descriptive profiling of Flow honey compared to honey extracted using conventional methods”, by University of Queensland’s Drs Sandra Olarte and Heather Smyth, the Flow Frame extraction method yields honey with fresher, cleaner flavours then conventionally extracted honey.
UQ scientists took two honeys harvested three different ways and performed taste tests.
University of Queensland Taste testing booths use red lighting to eliminate colour differences between samples enabling panelists to focus on the full flavour experience.
The yellow pea honey and macadamia honey were harvested using conventional methods in an electric centrifugal extractor or commercial extraction facility, or using Flow’s gentle “honey on tap” harvesting technology.
Flow honeys scored lower for less desirable characteristics such as pungency and lingering aftertaste while scoring higher when it came to yummy floral, herbaceous and citrus (bee-licious!).
Meanwhile, Flow Hive customers who have entered their honeys into their local agricultural shows are reporting that they are winning medals and ribbons across the world.
How sweet is that?