My Honeybees

Backyard Beekeeping


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Honey Extraction and Wax Rendering

Over the past two weekends we have extracted honey from the beehives. We extracted four supers of honey-yielding about 10 gallons of honey. After rendering the wax cappings we had 26 oz of beeswax.

To render the beeswax I use a crock pot.

Rendering the wax  was is done by melt the cappings in a crock pot on low heat with water. I let the wax melt and then skim out the debris from the surface of the wax with a wire strainer. The crock pot is then turned off and the wax hardens on top of the water.

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The wax comes out of the crock pot in disks.

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Here I put the debris in a cup for you to see. It contains propolis, bee parts and pollen,

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Repeat the rendering process to further clean the wax by braking up the disks and placing in a nylon sock.

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Once the wax has melted the remove the nylon sock and then turn off the crock pot. The sock captures all the debris that was not removed before.

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This process can be repeated until the wax is clean.

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More Honey!

Yesterday we extracted honey from the second bee hive, we bottled eighteen honey bears and 4 one pound jars. This latest honey has a light floral taste with a hint of mint. It is Delicious!