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  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
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    Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada
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    Default Cleaning propolis

    I've been collecting propolis all summer, from mostly scraping the top bar ends, I have a very substantial amount of propolis. I want to make it 100% pure, with nothing in it, save the product itself. I know it contains wax, and maybe some hive scrapings, it looks pretty pure looking, but of course I know it isn't. I have searched and searched for information, never to find what I have wanted to know. How is the other stuff that is within this propolis removed? Elaborate please. Have a wonderful day.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2009
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    Kangaroo Island, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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    Default Re: Cleaning propolis

    Cindi, ditto to your post. I note no-one has answered you via the forum. If you have any information, I would be keen to learn of it via this forum or a private message to me.
    Cheers,
    Kifcat

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
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    Silicon Valley, CA
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    Default Re: Cleaning propolis

    Propolis can be disolved in methanol ( denatured alcohol ) or ethanol ( moonshine of high alcohol content . Both are HIGHLY flamable and dangerous in closed rooms. Once disolved you can filter it with cloth or coffee filters. Then let the alcolol and water evaporate out. You would probably want to use thin layers in sheet pans so you could easily break it into small pieces when dry and hard.

    You may get a lot of bees interested in these pans due to the odor.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
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    Tompkins County, New York
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    118

    Default Re: Cleaning propolis

    My beekeeping blog: The Bee Yard

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