Scott Stiller wrote:The bee propolis mix you are describing sounds like a magic elixir and I’d love to try some. Can you detail the steps here?
I used a very basic recipe. I had been collecting propolis whenever I cleaned frames or the cover on the hives etc. in a little jar.
Some recipes said you had to freeze and then crush the propolis, others said it was not necessary. So I did not crush it. I filled it in a little glass jar (about three tablespoons). Add about ten times the amount (in weight) of alcohol apt for consumption (not sure how that is in the US, but in Germany the cheap ethanol for cleaning has a bitter agent that makes it improper for consumption; I bought mine in the pharmacy pre-Corona).
The usual ratio I find is 30 g of Propolis to 300 g of 70% ethanol alcohol.
Some instructions say to let sit for 2 weeks, but most for 4-6 weeks. I let mine sit for 6 weeks, shaking it whenever I passed it.
Then I filtered it through a coffee filter into the little bottle of the alcohol I had bought initially.
The liquid is dark and sticky, just how it should be - I guess!