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Making of Propolis Tincture

22 Jul

 

Starting from propolis scraped off of the hives:

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Tear them into small pieces if the propolis was kept in a ball (or keep it as small particles if they were harvested that way), and wrap them up in wax paper:

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Propolis wrapped in wax paper get frozen:

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After they are thoroughly frozen, the propolis becomes brittle and easy to crush with the bottom of a jar, while they’re still in the wax paper. On a new moon day, put crushed propolis into grain alcohol (I used Everclear). Used the propolis to alcohol ratio chart here: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-files/Propolis%20extract.html

Until the full moon, shake the bottle twice a day, and keep in a cool dark place.

Harvest at full moon. (which I didn’t do, but wanted to keep extracting until the day before the Honey Day event.)

About 2 weeks to 1 month later….Extract using funnel and coffee filter.

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Finished Product: Used “Stayz-On” all-surface ink to stamp the logo on tincture bottles:
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