Good day fellow beekeepers!
A few days ago my mechanic called me that he was going to take some pieces out of a car when he found out there was a hive in the car. He called me, they were in the glove compartment. Here in Puerto Rico even though we have no winter per se (never drops below 60) this is still the dearth time.
You can imagine how surprised i was to find that these bees (theyre all africanized here, but we love them the same) had twice the amount of honey than the amount of eggs a brood. YUM! Africanized can be a lottery, they can be very productive or very reproductive and anywhere in between. These were nice bees.
Anyways, too much beating around the bush.
I dont have an extractor. So after i separated and cleaned all the honey comb, I squeezed the honey out and I figured that the leftover wax/pollen/honey balls have a lot of honey that would otherwise be lost.
I simmered everything, removed the wax and filtered with a coffee filter. I was left with a clear red brew.
Bees are in constant contact with wild yeast all the time, in fact theyre digestive track is full of yeast, and bacterium that digests honey and pollen primarily.
I took a single live bee dying the dream death of bees, drowning in honey. After the brew was boiled and cooled I dropped her in, she sank immediately, I saw her struggle with death... and finally she let go.
bubbling has already started, lets see what comes out....