View Full Version : Best way to weigh Honey

09-17-2012, 11:30 PM
Hello All,
I am thinking of buying some Honey in bulk.
Now I can get Rowse Honey from Costco for about 6 for 1.36kg or 2.99lbs.
But the honey is one type and thats it.

For JOA's Mead recipe its 3.5lbs. So if I order in bulk hows the best way to weigh the honey as the stuff is sticky as hell.


Vance G
09-17-2012, 11:45 PM
a quart is 3 lb
a pint is 1 1/2
a cup is 3/4 lb

Midnight Sun
09-17-2012, 11:48 PM
Use a scale.

Sorry, I couldn't resist! :D

Vance G
09-17-2012, 11:48 PM
a quart is 3 lb 1360 grams
a pint is 1 1/2 680
a cup is 3/4 lb 340

Midnight Sun
09-17-2012, 11:55 PM
Really though, when I need to measure honey I use a kitchen scale that has a tare function. I put my bucket or carboy on the scale, hit tare, then pour honey until I get the quantity needed. Then my honey is already in my fermentation container.

Volumetric methods such as Vance G's, work ok, but are messier.

Don't forget that the density of honey varies somewhat batch to batch. However you do it, use a hydrometer to fine-tune your SG as needed.

09-18-2012, 12:10 AM
Thanks all.
Never thought of scales that take demijohn into account. :)

09-18-2012, 08:28 AM
I really don't weigh my honey. I eyeball the volume based on the desired weight and adjust. So if I want 12 lbs in a 5 gallon batch, I start with roughly a gallon of honey and add water unroll I hit 5 gallons. Then I stir until the honey is dissolved, take a gravity reading and add more honey or water to reach my desired mark.

I suppose if I ever start blending honey in my recipe, I'll need a better method, but for a single honey, I like this method.

09-18-2012, 10:29 AM
I have an old laundry scale that goes to 60 pounds. It's a dial scale, so if it's over 60 pounds it just keeps going around. So, I drop my bucket on the scale and watch the dial until I've removed the desired amount.

It's not 100% precise, but if I'm off by an ounce or two it makes very little difference. Plus, I don't have to worry about my electronic scale turning off because I took too long between scoops.

09-18-2012, 12:58 PM
I used to use an electronic scale but I had the aforementioned issue with it turning off while still measuring.

I now use a plastic 1/2 gallon plastic measuring cup. I use warm (not hot) water to rinse it thoroughly so I don't waste any honey.