Honey Flow aka Honey on Tap


Update for March 2016: See our response-post to the Flow Hive (Redux)

This interesting product has recently gotten a lot of attention on social media. For those who haven’t seen it yet, Honey Flow is purporting to be a hive which allows you to extract honey simply by turning a spigot at the bottom.


From the perspective of the average consumer I think it’s great that people are taking an interest in Beekeeping and Bees, and the level of interest in this hive is producing some awareness.

On the other hand, I see some problems. I’ll spare you all the text and offer this Video Blog as I think it expresses my feelings very well.

EDIT: Incorrect YouTube links were being shown. This should be fixed now.

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  1. Karen Johnson 12 June, 2015 at 01:31

    Thank you for your insightful and intelligent comments about the asinine spigot hive. You were right on the mark about bees not being honey-making machines for the benefit of humans. I love your sense of stewardship toward the bees. I feel exactly the same way.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Jim Stewart 31 January, 2016 at 21:25

    Here is my reason for considering a hive like the flow hive. After several years of beekeeping, I was stung during a harvest and went into anaphylactic shock, so I had to give up beekeeping. With this new innovation, I think I could be fully suited up for hive examination, etc. I wouldn’t have to pull frames anymore for spinning which is when I received that fateful sting. Still considering this hive, but I have doubts also. It could be a total blessing for me because we love honeybees and honey.

    • Vincent 31 January, 2016 at 22:36

      Jim. Thanks for your comment. The flow hive is interesting and filled with controversy. Probably one of the more controversial aspects of this technology is the misleading claim that you don’t need to disturb the bees or do frame by frame inspections. IMHO, I think that view is concerning. Installing bees, and regular inspections should still be done regardless of whether there are flow frames or not. If not you run a very serious risk losing a hive to SHB or varroa, or miss swarm cells or queenlessness. Jim, if you are going into anaphalaxis due to bee stings I would strongly urge you to not keep bees. You will be stung regardless of precautions.

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