Melting bees wax

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When I started thinking of making things with my spare beeswax I looked at getting a Bain Marie due to the low flash point of wax and the mess it can make with your everyday kitchen equipment. Anyway the same day as I was heading to town to get one i saw my neighbour putting these in the bin , with a clean up  they are now my wax filtering and melting kit.

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So the saucepan has hot water in then the dog bowl sits inside and you put the wax in there , a free Bain Marie.

Pure beeswax is solid at room temperture. It will have a putty like consistancy at above 80-90 degrees F and will melt around 145-147 degrees F. Depending upon what you are using it for you may just let it sit in a bowl of hot tap water for a few minutes to allow it to turn into a putty like consistancy. To melt beeswax use a double boiler (a pot within a pot of water) this allows gentle heating which is important because beewax can burn rendering a browning hue and lose its aroma. Remember beewax is used in candle because it is flammable so be carefull near an open flame or a heat source. Do not exceed 160-170 degrees for any long period of time and you should fine.

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Cameraria ohridella -horse-chestnut leaf miner moth – Invasive species

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Cameraria ohridella is a small moth. Adults are around 3.5mm in forewing length. They are orange-brown in colour and have:

a basal white longitudinal streak
4 whitish, bent or interrupted fasciae edged in black
greyish brown hindwings, long-fringed
orange-tufted head
antennae over 4/5 forewing length
legs with equal white and black bands
Larvae are also small – up to 5.5mm long.

The moth’s leaf mines are easily recognised as multiple, conspicuous whitish yellow and brown blotches on the surface of horse-chestnut leaves and cause significant browning towards the end of the summer.

 

Bees wax Lip Balm

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This afternoon I made some peppermint lip balm ready for the colder weather. The recipe I used is as follows

LIP GLOSS
2 teaspoons beeswax
2 tablespoons, sweet almond oil or coconut oil
5 drops essential oil (such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, coconut or mint)
Melt the oil and beeswax together stir in essential oil and then transfer to a small containers.
If a thicker gloss is desired, increase the amount of beeswax. (Experiment with other additions such as baking chocolate, crushed peppermint candy, cocoa butter, vanilla bean, oil of cinnamon, oil of camphor or eucalyptus for soothing chapped lips, wheat germ oil, etc.

Raspberry mead Melomel recipe

Ingredients

2 lbs raspberries

3 lbs Honey

1 teaspoon acid blend

1 teaspoon pectic enzyme

1 Campden Tablet – optional

1 package Lalvin RC-212

1 teaspoon yeast nutrient

Directions

Puree raspberries set aside.
Boil honey with 1 part honey 2 parts water.
Boil for 10 minutes and skim off the foam that forms (The foam will contain water impurities).
Pour honey water as well as raspberries in fermenter and then fill to make 1 gallon of mixture.
Add acid blend, pectic enzyme.
(If you chose to use campden tablet cover mixture and let it sit for 24 hours)
In a small bowl, add yeast a bit of water to re-hydrate it and yeast nutrient. Let it sit until it starts to bubble then add it to the must.
Let mixture ferment.
After 3 weeks rack into another fermenter.
After 3 months rack into another fermenter.
Let it sit for 3 months then bottle.
Let the bottles sit for 6 months before you drink it.

Apple and Blackberry wine recipe

3 lb / 1,350 grams blackberries
3 lb / 1,350 grams apples
3 lb / 1,350 grams sugar
1/2 oz / 14 grams pectin enzyme
2 lemons (their juice) or lemon juice from a bottle
Water up to 1 gallon
Yeast nutrient
Wine yeast

  • Add pealed and chopped apples with the blackberries to about half a gallon of water and bring to the boil then I blend it with a hand blender and add the sugar.
  • Allow to cool then add the lemon juice , Pectin , Yeast and yeast nutrient.
  • Then pour in to a clean demijon and add air lock leave for a few days the mash will rise to the top and the mixture will start to bubble.
  • Then rack off into another clean demijon filtering out all the mash. Top up with water and put somewhere warm to ferment.
  • Once fermentation is complete then you can either rack off again to a clean demijon to settle out  or add a settle pack to speed up the settlement and clearing of the wine.
  • Bottle and leave
  • Drink and be merry

brewing pleasures

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I love the simple pleasures in life from home brewing with either home grown or foraged fruit. Building up stores for the winter months and to share with friends etc .

Apple and blackberry wine on the left and as posted before the Raspberry melomel mead on the right. I only have another 6 demijons to bottle over the coming months.

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Raspberry Melomel Mead

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The Raspberry melomel mead is now finished fermenting and cleared . Bottled and ready to store till at least christmas.

The decanter style bottle was an empty rum bottle form our local pub, thought it would make a good gift 🙂