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  1. #21
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    May 2014
    York, ME

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_H View Post
    Dr. Marla Spivak from the Univ of Minn. was at the fall Missouri State Beekeeper's meeting and talked quite a bit about propolis. Here is a link to a page on making tincture from their web site.

    I made some of the 30% solution with Everclear last fall.
    This recipe worked perfect for me, a very controlled method, outcome is you know what % solution you are extracting.

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  3. #22
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    Jun 2016
    York, York County, SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilsey View Post
    This recipe worked perfect for me, a very controlled method, outcome is you know what % solution you are extracting.
    Does anyone have this actual page cached. I remember reading this before but the page is now missing. I would appreciate a response as I was going to use this to make a batch of tinctures.

  4. #23
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    Apr 2006
    Pepperell, MA.

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    You can try this. It's a decent summary of the recipe. Almost exactly what I use.
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  5. #24
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    Mar 2017
    Carbondale, IL

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    Put the propolis in the freezer in a zip lock bag. Freeze for a day. Take it out and hit with a hammer. Will shatter into a powder. Put in a jar with everclear. Will dissolve is a couple of days if you shake it every time you pass. I made a couple of pints this way this spring. Made some with rubbing alcohol took his way longer to dissolve.

  6. #25
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    Apr 2006
    Pepperell, MA.

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    Good vodka will work too. As high a proof as you can get. Everclear can't be found around here so I sometimes use good vodka.
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  7. #26
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    May 2016
    Catskills, NY

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    I know this thread is about using it in tinctures, but I know my grandma has always used it by dissolving it in butter. You can go from raw propolis to final medicinal product in 1 day and be reaping benefits from it already. Also doesn't involve alcohol, if you don't want to administer it to your 5 year old.

  8. #27
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    Oct 2014
    Lisbon, Portugal

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    It looks that it´s hard for you to get your hands on 70% alcoholin that side of the pond...

    It´s easy here so ... this is how I do :

    370 g própolis in a bottle (no need to grind), add 70 % alcohol until it makes (própolis + alcohol) 1 litre.

    Keep it in a closet away from light

    Shake well twice a day for 1 month

    Decant carefully after 1 month. The wax bits will remain on the bottom and you will get a clear and very dark brown tincture that have a concentration of about 25 ~ 30 %.

    How to know the tincture concentration you have ?

    Get a 10 cc seringe , block the tip (with plastic, plasticine or wathever you like), put it upside down and fill it with 10 cc of your tincture. Let it evaporate until the remain has the consistency of honey. Reed what level has the seringe (for instance 2.6 cc, that equals 26%). That will be your concentration.

  9. #28
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    Jul 2011
    Dixon, MO, USA

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    Here are the notes I've written down in the past.
    Making Propolis Extract

    This sheet will explain a method for extracting propolis for use. Propolis extract is made by dissolving propolis collected from honey bee colonies into alcohol and straining out the precipitate.
    The best alcohol to use is 70% ethyl alcohol (also known as grain alcohol or Everclear). This would allow the tincture to be used internally or externally. You can use rubbing alcohol if the tincture will be used externally only.
    Although rare some people are allergic to propolis so precautions should be taken. All precautions with regard to alcohol should be taken.

    Propolis Extract Procedure
    1. Collect propolis from the bee hive. The propolis should be clean and free of wax, paint, wood etc. The propolis should be in small pieces. The smaller the better but no larger than a marble.
    2. Determine the percentage propolis you want to extract. It is not recommended that concentrations higher than 30% be extracted. If you require a higher percentage, make a 30% extract and concentrate it as described below.
    3. Place the proper amount of alcohol and propolis (see chart below) into a container and seal the top. Shake and store in a warm dark place. I put it in a brown bag on the counter.
    4. Two or three times per day shake the container and return to warm dark place. Continue this for 2 weeks.
    5. Filter the liquid through a coffee filter. The liquid is now ready for use.
Propolis Tincture Concentration Procedure
    1. Make extract as above to a known percent. Find the percent you made above in column 1 in the chart below. Then in column 2 find the desired percent propolis. Follow across to column 3 to find the amount of extract to evaporate
    start extract % desired extract % % volume to reduce
    10% 20% 50%
    10% 30% 66.7%
    10% 40% 75%
    20% 30% 33.4%
    20% 40% 50%
    30% 40% 25%
    If you have 10% extract and you want to have 40 % you would have to let 75% of the alcohol evaporate. If you started with 1 cup, you would let it evaporate until you have 1/4 cup remaining.
    2. Let the container set with the cover off until the correct amount is evaporated off. You can hurry it along by warming it up. Be careful because alcohol is flammable.
    Propolis Salve (3%)
    1. Start by making a 30% extraction mixture.
    2. Mix 1 part extract with 9 parts petroleum jelly by weight. Start with extract and slowly mix in the petroleum jelly. You can liquefy the jelly by heating in a double boiler but you must continue to stir until it solidifies or the propolis will settle to the bottom.
    oz. petroleum jelly oz propolis extract (30%) teaspoons propolis extract
    1.75 0.19444 1.5
    3.75 0.41667 3
    7.5 0.83333 6
    13 1.44444 10.25
    Propolis Tincture:

    Part 1:

    A) First buy an old working electric coffee grinder at a flea market or Goodwill store.
    B) Put your propolis chunks in a plastic baggie in your freezer for a couple of days.
    C) Take a few chunks of propolis from the freezer and grind them immediately to a powder.
    D) Dump the powder on a piece of paper and return it to the freezer. Grind more if necessary.
    E) Pour about two inches of White Lightening (Everclear) in a disposable glass bottle with a lid.
    F) Add the powdered propolis to the fluid in the bottle while swirling and gently shaking, then cap.
    G) Place the capped bottle on top of your water heater or furnace and shake daily for 4-6 weeks.
    H) Much of the propolis will dissolve but the beeswax, bee legs, and wood shavings, etc. will not.

    Part 2:

    I) Form a funnel shape out of a piece of fly screen and line it with a paper coffee filter.
    J) Place the funnel/filter over a throw away container, possibly bottom ˝ of a milk “bottle” box.
    K) Pour the slurry of propolis and alcohol through the funnel/filter
    L) The resulting clear dark fluid will be a fully saturated solution, or high concentration propolis tincture.
    M) The dregs in the filter can be used as the partial feed stock for the next batch of tincture you make.
    N) Bottle the tincture for topical use only and use yourself or sell. You may want to reduce the

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