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    Default Brown wax

    I'm melting wax from a cut-out I did and every time it turns brown. At first, I thought I got it too hot, but this last batch just melted the wax and still came out brown.
    There's pollen in with the wax - could that be the cause?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt S View Post
    There's pollen in with the wax - could that be the cause?
    That's my guess. That or caccoons from when the larva turn to pupa. Even though those seperate out when you melt the wax I suppose it could still stain it. After all, it's really tough to get pure clean white beeswax. Honestly I don't know how you do. I guess you have to extract and then melt honeycomb. I think once it's had even one batch of brood or pollen in it, it won't be pure white anymore.
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    Default Re: Brown wax

    Make your solar melter where the wax has a loner run down a very gentle slope in the full sun.
    Run it through several times. The sun will bleach it.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Brown wax

    I've melted wax before and never had this problem. Caccoons just clog things up, but don't change the color, IME.
    I'll try again, with just pure wax.....

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Brown wax

    Cappings wax - light wax
    Brood combs - dark wax

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Cappings wax - light wax
    Brood combs - dark wax
    Eloquently said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Eloquently said!
    He has called me cheap, he has called me old, he has insulted my hive colors, now he calls me eloquent! Thanks for the complement,finally. This doesn't mean that I am going to stop targeting your swarms with my bait hives.

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    Default Re: Brown wax

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Cappings wax - light wax
    Brood combs - dark wax
    Old propalized brood comb - brown wax

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Cappings wax - light wax
    Brood combs - dark wax
    That is what I'd figured too, but then I read this from a company that claims they only use cappings wax. I've never seen buckwheat comb and am not sure how significant the sumac is to my honey production to know if there is any truth to what they say.

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    Default Re: Brown wax

    I just melted wax for the first time. I just did a cut out and there was dark brown comb (almost black) and it came out dark and fairly brittle (and i didnt overcook either) the pretty yellow wax bricks must be fresh comb. This hive i did a cut out on was 5+ years old. I just wanted to make it into a wax brick instead of just throwing it away. And im guessing when i melt it the second time and seperate more of the trash, it wont be quite as brittle. Any feed back will be much appreciated. Thanks
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    Default Re: Brown wax

    If you as mentioned use a solar melter, you get nice white wax. if you boil your wax a cpl times in water it will get a bit lighter each time. but its a pain...

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