Mead & Beeswax

Several weeks ago we harvested honey from our hive for the first time.  Not wanting to waste anything, we kept what was left after straining the honeycomb.  This leftover mix of wax and honey is perfect for making a lazy man’s mead.

Mead beginnings

These leftovers were just mixed with water, 1 part of honey/wax mixture to 3 parts water – no need to add yeast, the bees deposit enough in the honeycomb from visiting plants and without heat or chemicals it remains active.

The bottles were given a shake every day and the tops loosened to release gas.  Fermentation was a bit slow to start because we had a bit of a cold snap, but as soon as the weather warmed up a bit bubbles started to appear.

After a couple of weeks the wax was strained off and the mead just left in bottles to age.  We’ll test it in a couple of months to see how it’s going.

HC Mead yeah

The strained wax was rinsed a few times with rainwater and left to dry on newspaper overnight.

Wax from mead

The next day it was slowly melted in a double boiler (in a Pyrex measuring jug to make pouring easy), poured through a metal tea strainer to remove impurities and left to harden in a porcelain ramekin.

Beeswax in ramekin

This is the final product – quite lovely!  It will be used to make hand salve for our rough gardeners’ hands.

Beeswax block