Bees and Beer

Bees and Beer

The internet cable is broken in my office and I decided to go down to the cafΓ© shop to use the available internet. Changing places may lead to changing thinking. A bee buzzed in my mind and a wiggling idea started to dance in my head. Bees make honey and humans make beer. The difference in the last letter reveals much more than we can think of.

Understanding how bees make beer and watching them doing that fills the heart with joy. Thousand of bees work together in huge synchronization to manufacture honey and build honeycombs. Worker honey bees make hives to store honey and feed themselves during winter. Honey bee hives are made of hexagons, which are the shapes for optimal honey production because they require less wax and can hold more honey. Worker bees chew wax to soften it then bonding large quantities of wax into the cells of a honeycomb.


Not only bees make their honeycombs with great efficacy, but they also make their honey for us to "steal". The collective work is amusing and the way bees cooperate to produce honey is magical. Worker bees extract nectar from flowers and they mix it with enzymes. Upon returning to the hives, bees start passing the transfers the nectar from her tongue to another worker’s tongue, where the liquid from the nectar evaporates and becomes honey. It amazes me that bees do that for I can't imagine humans passing a liquid from one mouth to another. Bees do that for the end goal is to get the honey for other bees to survive.


Bees make honey and humans make beer to get the bees drunk. The process of making beer depends on extracting sugars from grains like barley so that the yeast can turn it into alcohol and carbon dioxide, creating beer. The grains are harvested and processed through a process of heating, drying out and cracking. This process isolates the enzymes needed for brewing so that it is ready for the next manufacturing step. We use enzymes to convert sugar to alcohol whereas bees use enzymes to turn nectar into honey. It is interesting here those bees that drink alcohols get punished and even killed.


Are humans behaving more like the Fruit Fly? This fly is seen often near decaying fruits and near thrown away bottles of alcohol. They wish to get drunk. Research has shown that insects get intoxicated and change their behavior when exposed to alcohol. The fruit fly feeds on yeasts to ferment decayed fruits into alcohol. This fly is pleasure-seeker. This fly as all drunken insects suffer from alcohol intoxication. Enzymes are for honey production in bees and alcohol production in the fruit fly. It is our behavior that decides which route to go. An experiment on bees using an ethanol/sugar solution (about 2.5% alcohol) found that they walked, rested, and exchanged food less often when intoxicated. Wrong behaviors may extend to good behaviors and intoxicate them.

We may get drunk and in the process intoxicate the bees to produce less honey. It is the same behavior that intoxicates our behavior.

I dedicate this post to
Praveen Raj Gullepalli for enriching my buzzes with his excellent comments. I plan to write a buzz on his comments.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
Thank you dear @Tausif and I greatly appreciate your comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
There is a great room for new combinations and this one sounds a great example. Thanks for sharing it Brian McKenzie

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
Thank you my dear friend Glenn Melcher and I greatly appreciate your comment. Moral Hazard is beautifully expressed. This is a great idea for a forthcoming buzz

Glenn Melcher

Glenn Melcher

4 years ago #21

That one little foreign matter creates confusion and delay.. The alcohol to this story of Bee's & Beer, is much like the Moral Hazzard we witness on a daily basis... Awesome insight: Ali Anani

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Dear CityVP Manjit addressed to you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli- I don't have to explain why I dedicated this buzz to you. Your mind and heart grabbing comment says it all. You are a wonderful man with broad concern for humans. Yes, we need more genuine bees who can produce many times their numbers. You are a genuine bee and your writing "We need more of the sweet honey that moral science distills to make a better generation that understands value-based culture". I couldn't agree more. I am grateful to be connected with you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I described one of my friends who was a banker and a great poet by saying "Banker during the day, poet during the night". This could be an example of useful bifurcation!!!! I appreciate greatly your kind words my friend Gerald Hecht

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Since it put a big smile on my mouth I tend to think it shall be branded with fragrance and acceptance Gerald Hecht

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Mab be then Dean Owen

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you Gerald Hecht not only for commenting, but also for truly educating me. MEADE UP----an aternative to cheer up

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
If my understanding is MEADE Instruments then I am truly honored with your telescoping comment Gerald Hecht

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I told you my brother Anees Zaidi that there exists a telepathy between us. What a coincidence. What would happen if we meet in person?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Truly, I feel "drunk" by reading your comments and wonder what to say dear CityVP Manjit. I must admit that I liked this comment more than any comment you wrote and I find it expressing my inner self. What you wrote "Our minds have become liquid products whether it is going beyond healthy limits of alcohol or turning the magic of honey into another over-processed act of wasteful consumption. We would therefore be well to understand that appreciation of honeybees also accompanies not stripping the wisdom they have worked hard to produce that is natural honey. May we all find this nature" is profound and gives life a worthy meaning.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thanks dear Juan Imaz for openly expressing your views, which I concur with

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I mi invited dear Dean Owen?

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #9

I co-exist with a lot of fruit-flys who I wish were more elegant like honeybee's. I am the consummate teetotaler for the simple reason that I don't like the taste of alcohol. Perhaps in my next life I will return as a honeybee, but that will depend on whether I master the discipline of a honeybee. At each of my daughters wedding, the cultural phenomena I co-exist with it makes it seem that it is a right of passage for the father of the bride to drink, but I kindly refused all offerings. I can see those fruit-fly's coming. I also note that just because I come from a culture where hard-drinking is a cultural norm, that the elegance of wine has not passed my notice. The heart-healthy habit of wine drinking has been proven in French households and here the limits we set turn alcohol into a useful property. I also note that honey as nutritious as it is in its raw form is so overly processed by our society, that most people do not realize they are actually ingesting concentrated sugar, which as processed honey is stripped of all its goodness and nutrition. Our minds have become liquid products whether it is going beyond healthy limits of alcohol or turning the magic of honey into another over-processed act of wasteful consumption. We would therefore be well to understand that appreciation of honeybees also accompanies not stripping the wisdom they have worked hard to produce that is natural honey. May we all find this nature.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #8

A perfect article for guests of Cafe beBee! We serve beer too!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
A smile brings a bigger smile. WOW! I have a new title now "Fractal Smiles" and the dedication for whom? Who else, but Mamen Delgado

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Deb Lange- if I tell you that I had expected you to comment on this part of my buzz before reading your comment then I am only telling the truth. I fully agree with you and I can write a book on the ideas that came to my mind while sleeping, walking, stopping at the traffic light AND stopping at your forthcoming book which I am reading now. I tell the readers that the forthcoming book of Deb is simply great. I am having a walk in a garden reading it.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #5

#4
"To think or not to think", that's another title you have just suggest me... The biggest smile of the day is for you Ali. πŸ’–

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

If I am asked to write about one person I shall start with you dear Mamen Delgado. Your words smile and put a big smile on my mouth. My dear- you always surprise me with the unthinkable. I am too drunk to write because your sweet words converted to alcohol and I am drunk by your sweetness. Thank you

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #3

Hmmmm... I might think about it... First conclusion: I probably have a Fruit Fly as an ancestor of mine because of the "pleasure-seeker" behavior. And I love beer. Your buzz reminds me to a title I have in the fridge to be written: "If you drink, don't write". I have only the title but it's a start! Thanks for your thoughts dear Ali Anani.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you Gert Scholtz for making a generous comment. It is so digestible that it needs no enzyme to help in its digestion

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

5 years ago #1

Ali Anani excellent comments to buzzes.

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