Don’t worry, bees happy says Neil Bingam of Bea­cons­field Wine Cel­lars

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK -

AS I was set­tling be­hind my desk yes­ter­day morn­ing I re­cieved a call to in­form me that a swarm of bees was hang­ing onto a branch in my hedge.

Well, all my helpers were sud­denly very busy and so I asked the ‘Swarm’ Lady in the vil­lage and ap­par­ently it is quite easy to cap­ture 2000 bees put them in a box and trans­fer them to a hive. All learnt on the tele­phone! You just have too make sure that the Queen is in the box and her fol­low­ers stay with her.

£100-worth of equip­ment later they are all hap­pily mak­ing a new home (hive) for them­selves.

The prod­uct from bees is honey but the prod­uct from honey is mead. Mead is an al­co­holic drink made ba­si­cally from honey, wa­ter and yeast which is then fer­mented and is mainly made in the west coun­try.

There are many in­di­vid­ual recipes such as dif­fer­ent spices or bet­ter still with or­ange or lemon peel.

The al­co­hol level is be­tween 5 and 8 de­grees and the drink is won­der­ful served chilled.

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