I posted a similar thread in the 'Beekeeping 101' Forum, so if anyone is seeing this for the second time, my apologies.
My family and I harvested our first honey over Easter by crushing a combs-worth of comb scraps trimmed from the combs of a feral hive that I recently transferred to a deep lang hive body from a bridhouse where they had taken residence for the last year or so (I responded to a swarm call from a panicked old lady who had just recently seen the bees entering and leaving her birdhouse :-). All the comb scraps were from the top of the combs and contained mainly honey cap (after a few cells of pollen and larvae were picked out by hand).
The honey tastes very good, but is cloudy becase even after straining three times with a very fine mesh strainer, it is full of tiny particles of wax suspended in the honey. The combs were old ad brittle, and I suspect that may have something to do with the increased 'wax powder' that ended up in this honey (versus harvesting from fresh wax).
I am pretty sure that if I heat the honey to 150 degrees or so that the wax particulate will melt and seperate from the honey, but this will also likely result in pasteurizing the honey. So I would appreciate it if anyone can help me with the following questions:
1/ should I worry about trying to get the wax particulate out of the honey or forget about it? I don't care too much about the cloudiness but it does impart a mild wax taste and more importantly, when put in tea, for example, it leaves a small residue of melted wax on the cup and on any spoon used to stir.
2/ Aside from straining yet again, what is the best technique to filter wax particulate out of honey?
3/ I undertand that heating the honey above 100 degrees F may pasteurize it and destroy some of the natural goodness, but how bad is it really? Am I better off having cloudy/waxy/all-natural honey, or clear/pasteurized honey?
Appreciate any help anyone can give me with this waxy/cloudy honey problem...