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After "crush and strain" lets say the wax/honey mixture is heated up enough to liquefy the wax is cooled and harvested from the honey. According to the information provided by using the search feature the honey will be pasteurized. Is there a problem with feeding the pasteurized honey back to the hives?
 

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>After "crush and strain" lets say the wax/honey mixture is heated up enough to liquefy the wax is cooled and harvested from the honey.

I assume you drain the fresh honey off first and then just melt the leftovers. Because heating will destroy a lot of the aromatics.

>According to the information provided by using the search feature the honey will be pasteurized.

I don't really believe anyone "pasteurizes" honey. Bacteria already can't live in it.

> Is there a problem with feeding the pasteurized honey back to the hives?

If by "pasteurized" we mean heated, it depends. Heating increases HMF http://www.bushfarms.com/beesglossary.htm
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm#h

and that is poisonous to bees if it's in too large of amounts.
 

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Yes, I was thinking about the crushed wax after draining. What would a recommended temperature be? 100*, 110* or ???*? I would like to avoid the HMF but still separate the wax for other uses? Maybe using a double boiler?
 
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