I’ve snipped this from a trained pharmacist … off another forum…oooops
Can anybody from Flow comment on it?
It’s great that you drew off your honey without too much disruption to the hive and that’s a really positive outcome but it’s also come as a consequence of learning from and anticipating issues raised through debate.
I see the Flow hive as a potentially serious threat to the quality and safety of the honey harvested from them because of issues around hygiene. Understanding what happens to the honey in the collection channels after harvest is fundamental to the quality and safety of the next harvest. Open honey is hygroscopic and the hives maintain temperatures conducive to the growth of various microbes including some serious pathological ones and possibly ones that haven’t been considered simply because no one has used Flow hives for any great length of time. The Flow hive provides all of the right conditions for microbial growth - honey for nutrients, condensation and lack of ventilation for moisture and warmth from the bees. I can for example envisage outbreaks of botulinum poisoning in situations where appropriate hygienic measures have not been taken between harvests. In one of the Flow hive videos that I’ve seen the beekeeper reported that the honey had a strange ‘fermented’ (but still nice) taste. Might be nothing but it could well be as a consequence of moulds, yeasts or other microbes present in the system.
And please don’t take this as being negative. These are issues that have to be addressed to make Flow hives work in a safe manner so as to keep people who consume the honey safe.