For some time beekeepers have spent hours getting honey from a beehive. In fact, the traditional method dates back 150 years. For those that aren’t aware of the details of this labor of love, it is a lot of work. First off you have to protect yourself from bee stings. So you put on all of the protective gear. Then you fire up the smoker to sedate the bees. Then crack the hive open and lift the heavy boxes out. Next up, the frames get pulled out while trying to not to squish the bees. Then a brush or leaf blower is used to brush the bees off. The frames are then transported to a processing shed. In the shed the wax is cut off, and the honey is filtered. The mess gets cleaned up. But you’re not done until the frames get put back into the hive again. Of course all this work is worth it because you end up with sweet golden honey. Then came along two men that thought to themselves that there must be a better way. So they made it happen. It’s called the Flow Hive. It gives you honey on tap, and a whole lot more!
Here it is, The Flow Hive. It was invented by Cedar Anderson and his dad, Stuart. The Anderson’s reside in Australia.
They worked on this design for over a decade.
The hive doesn’t get disturbed so the bees don’t get stressed out and angry. After about a decade of designing the Flow Hive, they went into the testing phase.
They tested prototypes with beekeepers from around the world for three whole years.
It has been described as so easy to use, it’s over simplistic. The boxes have clear ends so you can see when the honey is ready and also so you can check the health of the hive. You can even watch the honey be made.
At one point they were asking for donations to help get the expensive equipment needed to really get the ball rolling. They even offered a discount on a hive if you donated early.
But the campaign to raise funds has ended and it been in production for a couple of years now. Nearly 30,000 people contributed to the Indiegogo campaign for the Flow Hive, making it the most successful crowdfunding operation in the site’s history. Flow Hive raised just over $10 million. The founders were originally trying for $70,000, which they reached in 477 seconds.
Wouldn’t it be cool to never have a shortage of fresh honey? Or if beekeeping isn’t your thing, then maybe someone you know will get one and share their yummy honey with you.
Winnie the Pooh would think he died and went to heaven.
Some of the feedback they received from beekeepers from around the world was that the honey tastes like comb honey. Have you ever had comb honey? It tastes different because it is in its purist form. When honey is extracted the traditional way, all the frames get mixed together. Because the flavor is different from frame to frame mixing them together changes the way it tastes. This honey is from one frame only. Also it isn’t exposed to as much oxygen, which also affects the flavor. I don’t know about you, but I really want to try this honey! Anderson recommends that people link up with local beekeeping groups to learn how to properly care for their bees. “With any beehive, beekeepers need to check out how their hive is going and ensure their bees are happy and healthy,” Cedar Anderson said. “There may still be a need to open up the box.” With all the success of the Flow Hive, there are also naysayers that still think the traditional method is the only way to go.
Source: Flow Hive
I’m not a beekeeper so I can’t say what is right or wrong. But I am a lover of honey and innovation!