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How Much Does Honey Weigh?

If you are new to mead making you are no doubt asking this question. Mostly because, for some odd reason, lots of mead recipes tell you how much honey to put into your mead by giving you the weight you should add. for example to make a medium mead you should add about 3 pounds of honey per gallon of mead.


The thing about honey is that it is not uniform. There are many different types of honey and they all weigh different amounts per volume so the only real way to know how much honey to add to a mead recipe is to actually weigh out the honey! Yup, grab a scale and weigh out exactly what you need.

Now, if your specifications are like mine in that you don't worry about being this exact then here is a good rule of thumb for you: 1 Quart in volume will weigh about three pounds which is good enough for the things that I do. Use a measuring cup or estimate with a quart jar to get you relatively close to any amount of honey your recipe calls for. And remember that there are 4 quarts in a gallon so 1 gallon of honey should weigh around 12 pounds.

Millers 3 pound honey

Miller's Honey, Wild, 3-Pound Jar (Pack of 2) I have used this honey many times. It comes in a very convenient 1 quart size which is just about 3 pounds of honey.


Here is another Honey:(Orange Blossom) This type of honey is usually wonderful when making flavored meads. Raw Orange Blossom Honey - Unpasteurized & Unfiltered from Florida's Beekeepers 3 lbs.



The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

The Backyard Beekeeper , now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on "greening" your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook--all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You'll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats, and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.