Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Madison, WI USA
    Posts
    1

    Default Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    Recently I switched to going foundationless. I had hoped to still use my extractor but without the foundation the combs are just too fragile and they blow apart. However, I am enjoying the convenience of foundationless beekeeping and my bees seem to like designing and building their own comb, so I will just need to modify my harvesting method to become crush-n-strain instead of extraction. What I've tried is 1) cutting the comb from my frames, 2) mashing it up 3) pouring this wax/honey mass into a strainer atop 5-gallon buckets. This gets about 50-60% of the honey, however how do I collect the remaining 50%, or don't you? Maybe crush-n-strain results in a lot of waste. Last night I took the football size mass of wax/honey that hadn't drained through my strainer and I put it into my oven, the strainer right on top of a metal pot. My oven's minimum is 170, which apparently was too hot because both honey and wax dripped through.
    I would appreciate any thoughts or experiences on how to BEST separate honey from wax after that initial pass through.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Branson, MO
    Posts
    576

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    I strain mine through a colander which gets I would say 95% of the honey then through a painters net which gets out the bigger stuff. i don't seem to have much loss.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Milw, WI
    Posts
    126

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    The trick is to get the wax/honey mix up to 80 or 90 degrees and strain it. I got good results that way. i second the paint strainer bag in addition to the kitchen strainer.
    Technology is great.....when it works.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    46,800

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    A warm room. A lot of patience. Then I melt the rest down in the oven, let it cool and use that honey for baking.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Palmdale, CA
    Posts
    68

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    I just extracted several foundationless frames last night in my hand-powered 2 frame extractor. I did have a 4 x 4 inch section that blew out on one frame, but the rest extracted without a problem.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
    Posts
    6,183

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    Hand knead the wax honey mix to break the wax down to small bits you will never get the honey out if there are still complete cells etc.

    Drain it in a warm room. For thick viscous honeys the room may have to be uncomfortably warm to make the honey runny enough for a good drain.

    On a slightly different tack, it was mentioned crush and strain is wasteful, and indeed, it is. Apart from the bees re doing everything every time, it affects hive management technique because you cannot go and just throw a super straight onto a hive that needs more room for honey, you have to mess with individual combs & doing things in such a way that the bees will get to the top of the box & draw the comb.

    My thoughts are a kind of compromise. The main claimed benefits to foundationless are for the brood area. Nothing wrong with using foundationed combs for the honey boxes if you want to use an extractor. Course, some folks just don't want to mess with an extractor so for them, yes, crush & strain.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, California
    Posts
    142

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    I use a paint strainer bag inside a salad spinner to clean up my cappings and blowouts (after a thorough potato mashing). It's as much for cleaning the honey out of the wax as it is for the honey. It's an OXO brand and I can really get it spinning fast.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    46,800

    Default Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    >I use a paint strainer bag inside a salad spinner to clean up my cappings

    Brilliant. I've never had a salad spinner, but it's a great idea and cheaply and readily available.

    >Drain it in a warm room. For thick viscous honeys the room may have to be uncomfortably warm to make the honey runny enough for a good drain.

    Ideal is probably in the 90s F... but the 80s F will help a lot over 70s F.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads