What is it about amber liquids? Homebrew and now home honey!
I started my hive in the spring of 2007. I put it in the back yard of my friend Jay who lives up the street because he has been keeping bees as long as I’ve known him so I figured I’d learn from the master. After the summer of 2007, I let the hive have all the honey so it could last through the winter on its own honey. Then last fall, we harvested! We pulled off five or six supers (that’s bee talk for ‘box’) from my hive and the three other hives Jay keeps. Then we extracted a few of the ones from Jay’s hives.
We planned on extracting the rest soon thereafter, but instead Jay burned part of his house down when he left a giant pot of sugar water (for feeding the hives) on the stove and went to sleep. He and his family had to evacuate for a few months while the kitchen was being rebuilt. During that time, he went to check on the supers that were stored in the basement. Moths had gotten to them and eaten a bunch of honey but he managed to save the majority of it by moving them to a walk-in fridge at the university where he runs a faculty food service program.
He recently moved back into the house and we were finally able to extract the rest of the honey. I took home about 3 gallons of it in a bucket. I let it settle over night so the comb would separate out and clarify the honey a bit. Then tonight I bottled it.
Hooray! My first official batch of home-honey! Sweet! Seriously, it is sweet! I’ve never tasted anything so addictively sweet. I can’t stop scooping finger-fulls of it into my greedy mouth.