View Full Version : Bochet and Bees?

08-08-2015, 07:05 PM
So after my last question on black mead, a few answered with it could have been a bochet.
I had never heard of this but after an hour or so reading up....well i had a spare demijon...so thought I would give it a go.
Heating the honey, honey is very dark and I am almost at the adding water stage, a bee keeps buzzing round me, but I am in concentrated stirring mode...
Eventually, I turn around to try and catch it to put it out and realise, it is not one bee, but about 50!
The kitchen is full!
I did freak out a little, turned gas off, threw lid on and hid while my husband removed them all.
Is this normal? ???
Or did I just happen to do it on a swarming day? never had more than one bee in the house ever!
(completed my mission with all doors and windows shut!)

08-09-2015, 04:54 AM
Probably pretty normal. Bees LOVE honey. Last weekend at our annual mead day we turned over 60 pounds of honey in to future mead. We also had a back yard full of bees, not 50, but hundreds.


08-09-2015, 09:57 AM
I've also read that if there's a hive reasonably close, it doesn't matter whether you're doing a burn for a bochet, or just mixing it up etc. You can still get a shed load of bees hanging around while it's open/exposed etc.......

08-09-2015, 06:27 PM
Scout bee tracks down that wonderful smell of honey, she goes back and tells her mates with a waggle dance, and they all come to take it away from you:) You have to be careful not to get any honey on your doorknobs! WVMJ

08-09-2015, 08:39 PM
Lol, thanks for the warnings! luckilly bees in UK are pretty docile, hubby managed to persuade them back out lol, I will just remember to close all doors and windows next time, or do it in the winter!