View Full Version : Is a pound of honey 16oz, or 10.67oz?

Allen Brown
12-30-2012, 12:31 PM
Obviously in weight, a pound is 16 oz. When figuring a mead recipe, should that be calculated in wheight or volume, since 10.67 ounces of honey weighs a pound??


12-30-2012, 12:40 PM
The couple of meads that I've used I've figured by weight, not volume...kinda. I knew how much (by weight) that I was supposed to use but it was hard figuring out how to rinse the jars out with water and add that to the must and still come up with the correct weight. Even figuring the weight of the jar and subtract that weight from the total weight of jar and honey didn't seem good. So, what'd I do...I went by my hydrometer and came up with the OG that I wanted to start with. :)

But, from what I know, the ounces are usually figured as weight as is usually denoted in recipes in pounds. A common one being "15 pounds of honey for a 5 gallon batch" which gives 3 pounds of honey in each gallon (not added to it).

Or, I may be just a really confused newbee meader (probably am). :toothy9:

Best wishes,

12-30-2012, 12:58 PM
Dunno. Here 1lb of honey is 454 grammes. How much it would be in fluid ounces I don't know. Never needed to measure it as a liquid volume.

Guess it must be confusing for you lot in the US. As it seems that some places sell honey by weight and other places by liquid volume.

Personally I just add about the 3lb mark in the fermenter, then top it up with water to 1 gallon (imperial, not US), then take a reading, check the table to see what it's likely to work out as when converted to % ABV and go from there.

12-30-2012, 02:13 PM
I've been speaking to lots of Apiaries over the last few weeks trying to track down exactly which honey I want to buy, and the general rule of thumb that I've found useful is that 15 pounds is about 5 quarts, and hence 3 pounds = 1 quart (all very approximate). For those in Europe, a quart is a slightly undersized litre.

There are 16 ounces in a Pound (US or Imperial).

However if you use quarts and gallons it can get tricky depending on where you live, because a US Gallon is considerably smaller than an Imperial Gallon (that's why the cars in the UK get such great gas mileage compared to their colonial cousins)

1 Gallon [UK] = 160 Ounces [UK]
1 Gallon [Fluid, US] = 128 Ounces [Fluid, US]

Honey seems to be measured mostly in pounds, which is safe where ever you are, since a pound is a pound, the actual liquid volume that calculates to exactly will depend on the density of the honey, etc. and will become less accurate the greater the quantity being discussed.

Sorry for mini-essay, but I like to be clear.

Hope this helps a little?


Allen Brown
12-30-2012, 02:25 PM
Yep. I suspected that a 16 oz pound of honey is what most recipes referenced, since that is how its generally sold.

12-30-2012, 03:03 PM
<snip>...the general rule of thumb that I've found useful is that 15 pounds is about 5 quarts, and hence 3 pounds = 1 quart (all very approximate). For those in Europe, a quart is a slightly undersized litre.

Bottling my honey this past season I found that a quart was less than three pounds...more along the lines of 2.75-2.8 pounds per quart. Maybe I was doing something wrong or maybe my bees make "lite" honey. ;D


12-30-2012, 03:15 PM
You could be entirely right!

Apols if I mislead anyone. It was a guess, purely implied from various recipes where I've seen weights and volumes mentioned in the same recipe.



12-30-2012, 04:21 PM
No apologies needed, Tony. The weight varies. I live in south Alabama in a rather humid area so the moisture content in my honey wasn't as low as it would be in an arid environment where the honey could be dried down a lower moisture content. The less water content, the heavier the honey...how much heavier I don't know. :) You are right about the 3# figure being in given *many* recipes and discussions.


12-30-2012, 05:31 PM
Honey in average has an SG of 1.4
That's 1.4 kg per litre.
Which is about 3 pounds and about a quart.
So you were right, for an approximate.
Use metric, there's no confusion ;-)

12-31-2012, 12:21 AM
1 lb of honey is about 12 fluid oz
When ordering jars to pack honey I use 12 oz containers