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Second Year at the Royal Show- more Flow Honey Ribbons! First place this time ;-)


#1

Last year my mother- who was a first year beekeeper- entered flow hive honey into the Adelaide Royal Show. She won two second place ribbons. Armed with that success we entered this year- and what do you know: we won again!

This time I entered my mid range amber mixed flora honey into the novice beekeeper and the main raw honey categories- and mum entered her creamed and candied honey. Mum won for the candied honey: first place! I won first place in the novice category and second place in the main one! This year they had more entrants than in previous years- I think new flow hive owners were a part of that- certainly at the bee society their membership is up over previous years.

Perhaps it was hubris- but my honey was SO GOOD this spring- I felt quite confident when I entered it- it’s one thing to be confident- but it’s another thing altogether to get the tick of approval from seasoned honey judges!


#2

Congrats, thats a big deal. Looking forward to seeing a few pics of your win and the entries.


#3

I will post some pics after the show. If anyone in SA is going to the Show be sure to go check out the honey- they have a nice display- with combs of honey, wax products, etc.


#4

@Semaphore Excellent outcome! Well done.
…just how are you going to celebrate with ‘your girls’? :stuck_out_tongue:


#5

well I planted out 5 perennial basil plants in the garden yesterday- the bees can help themselves to the nectar- that’s their reward I suppose.


#6

Congrats, well done, awesome.


#7

Great news, Jack @Semaphore. Congratulations to both you and Michelle! :smile:

It is always nice to have the professionals give you a stamp of approval. Well-deserved, thank you for sharing your success! :blush:


#8

Awesome news :slight_smile:
Was all the honey from Flow Frames ?


#9

Yes :slightly_smiling_face::honey_pot::yum: and all raw, unheated- pretty much straight from the hive


#10

Yum :slight_smile:

I would love to see some photos too so I can share with the Flow team :honeybee:

It’s great to see such good results from newbees with the Flow Hives :clap:


#11

Congratulations. It’s interesting to know that there are more beekeepers, and I suspect it is the FlowHive that has brought more people to beekeeping - it certainly brought me.


#12

I’m interested to know what your mother’s “creamed and candied” honey is all about. I was gifted some “creamed” honey from Hawaii with instructions on how to convert regular honey to creamed. However, it seemed to involve heating and straining the honey before adding the starter. I don’t like the idea of heating it (or straining for that matter).


#13

Hello there,

The ‘candied’ honey requires nothing other than leaving it alone. It is just the natural crystallization process. As to the creaming- it is basically the same- only you use an extremely fine crystal as the ‘seed’ to start the process resulting in a very smooth candied honey. As to heating and straining- you don’t need to strain the honey if it is already relatively clean- I don’t think mum does but I am not totally sure. Flow honey is already quite clear and often doesn’t need any straining…

And if you do heat it it is only very gently warmed to dissolve any larger crystals before you add your fine crystal seed…the temperature does not need to be very high… In fact- honey that has been very finely strained- and heated to higher temperatures- does not readily candy at all- and that’s how much of the honey sold in supermarkets is treated to stop it from solidifying on the shelf…


#14

Thank you for your response. I think I want to try some of the creamed honey using the honey from Hawaii as the starter. I have some honey that has crystalized on the shelf, so I’m thinking I will just put it out in the sunshine to re-liquify and then strain it through my finest filter (which I have never used before) then forget about the heating part and add the starter and see what happens. I don’t like the idea of heating it. It is only for the novelty of having the “spreadable” honey that I want to try it. The stuff I got from Hawaii is lovely…creamy and white. Interested in what mine might do. Cheers!


#15

No worries. You can also make ‘seed’ from any crystallized honey by grinding it in a mortar and pestle until you can’t feel the individual crystals in your tongue.

I don’t think gently warming honey does it any harm at all- we are only talking warming it to around 35-40 c. This is the temperature range inside the hive…


#16

Hi
Can I ask where you got the perennial basil?
Thanks


#17

I actually bought 5 plants at an estate auction- and since then I have taken 15 cuttings from them. I am going to keep cutting and cutting them until I have them everywhere. They flower constantly, the bees love them, they are easy to grow. Cuttings root in a week in a glass of water- so easy. Plus they look good, smell good and you can cook with the leaves.

If you are in adelaide- I could possibly spare a cutting in month or so when they build up.


#18

Glad you tried it out and that you are enjoying the results, Jack. :wink:


#19

Hi. Yes I’m in Adelaide, in Aberfoyle Park. Actually I’ll be in Semaphore
next Sat !6th for my daughters wedding at Glanville Hall, but I suppose
that’s not the right time.
Neil


#20

I’m in prospect actually… send me a pm in a month or so- my shrubs should have built up enough by then to take more cuttings