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Old 01-12-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Best way to transfer honey from a 5 gal bucket?

A buddy ordered some bulk honey in 5 gallon buckets and offered to sell me some. I went over there to get 15 lbs, and we had the toughest time pouring the honey into jars. The pour always started really wide before it started to thin up to fit nicely in the jars. We made a huge mess.

Is there a good way to do this? Is seems like a spigot would be great for this, but the buckets don't ship with that, so it doesn't seem like much of an option.

I know we've got some engineers around here who are good at figuring this stuff out.

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put the bucket in 4 inches of water in your boil kettle (with the honey lid loose) and heat it up so that it pours easier.

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Pour it into another bucket with a spigot (e.g., a bottling bucket). Then just put a lid on the new bucket and leave it in there. Each time you buy a new 5gal of honey, transfer it into the bottling bucket for easier pouring.

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Dip it out with a measuring cup? Maybe get him to start pouring slowly as you switch containers under the pour so you only make a mes when starting the pour.

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put the bucket in 4 inches of water in your boil kettle (with the honey lid loose) and heat it up so that it pours easier.
That would probably help, but I'm trying to avoid pouring entirely. I'm turned off to the whole method at this point.

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Pour it into another bucket with a spigot (e.g., a bottling bucket). Then just put a lid on the new bucket and leave it in there. Each time you buy a new 5gal of honey, transfer it into the bottling bucket for easier pouring.
This is probably what I'll do.
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Dip it out with a measuring cup? Maybe get him to start pouring slowly as you switch containers under the pour so you only make a mes when starting the pour.
That's essentially what we did. But it didn't stop me from making a mess the whole time.
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I don't cut my 5g bucket into other containers, but I have a super wide mixing bowl that I use that's exactly 1g so I pour into that to "measure" before putting it into the fermenter.

That said, I still make a mess.

I don't think there's any way to pour honey out of a bucket without it.

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How about a piece of plastic pipe used like a wine thief?

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You'd have to use a pretty thick pipe, and I would imagine that it would still be a mess, and probably would take a lot of trips between the bucket and jug to split out 5 gallons into 5x1g containers.

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