Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Is Honey measured by weight or by volume
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
geer537
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Seaside, CA
Posts: 403
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default Is Honey measured by weight or by volume

Afternoon all!

I would like to try my hand at mead making but I am not sure if the recipes I see are calling x # of lbs of honey by weight or by volume. Might seem like a silly question and I hope I don't get flamed for it... But if you think about it, 1 lb of feathers wouldn't fit into a 16 oz cup (without being forceful, but I think you should get the point).

I did a search but could not find an answer. Thanks all!

__________________
geer537 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 43,826
Liked 6327 Times on 5483 Posts
Likes Given: 849

Default

Usually by weight.

Often you'll hear to use ~3lbs of honey per gallon of mead.

People that buy honey in bulk often buy by the gallon, which usually comes out to ~12lbs (though it varies by honey depending on moisture content)

__________________
AZ_IPA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2011, 09:43 PM   #3
weirdboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,982
Liked 433 Times on 353 Posts
Likes Given: 63

Default

Most recipes go by weight.

Not all honeys have the same amount of sugar for the same weight, though, as the liquid % can be different. But generally speaking, you will get the same amount of fermentables, and the difference isn't really huge enough to worry about anyway if you are just starting out.

__________________
weirdboy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2011, 09:46 PM   #4
geer537
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Seaside, CA
Posts: 403
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Awesome! thanks for the quick replies! There is a local bee keeper that I am going to try to get some raw homey from for a mead but before I decide to get too far I am going to make sure to get all of the FAQ's read. (currently only about half)

__________________
geer537 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2011, 10:28 PM   #5
shanecb
Kvlt Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
shanecb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,139
Liked 20 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AZ_IPA View Post
\
People that buy honey in bulk often buy by the gallon, which usually comes out to ~12lbs (though it varies by honey depending on moisture content)
Yeah, it's about 12lbs of honey per gallon if you want a rough equivalent to go between volume and weight.
__________________
A particular love for ancient, obsolete, or lesser-known style from both the US and abroad.

We are the Sons of Winter and Stars
We ́ve come from a far beyond time
Forever the fire burns in our hearts
Our world shall never die
- Wintersun
shanecb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-12-2011, 02:12 PM   #6
ExoticMeadMaker
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 131
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

heres a handy honey conversion calc.
http://www.traditionaloven.com/conve...surements.html
also the weight in recipes is usually just a reference point. i.e Ill write in my brew log that I used ~3lb's of x honey, since that 3lb's of honey came out of a 4lb jar and Im guessing I used 3/4 of the jar. Figure out what starting gravity (OG) you need to reach your desired ABV when dry or the OG in the recipe.

__________________

does anyone else find themselves sitting, starring at their mead in process?

ExoticMeadMaker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-12-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
huesmann
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kensington, MD
Posts: 756
Liked 22 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

If I need to use a partial container of honey I'll use a kitchen scale to measure it out. Say I have a recipe that needs 4 lb of honey and I have two 3 lb containers. I'll pour out a full container (swishing it out with warm water to get as much honey as possible). Then I'll put the empty container on a kitchen scale and pour out 1 lb of honey from the full container. I'll make a note on the container of the amount supposedly left (2 lb) for the next time I need honey. Obviously, this method assumes that the weight of honey in the container is as advertised.

__________________
huesmann is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-12-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
weirdboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,982
Liked 433 Times on 353 Posts
Likes Given: 63

Default

I hate having little bits of leftover honey and/or LME when brewing beer. I just design my recipes to use the full container by scaling the volume of mead produced.

__________________
weirdboy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-12-2011, 05:21 PM   #9
smyrnaquince
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Concord, MA
Posts: 569
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

As far as your feathers question, there are volume (fluid) ounces and weight ounces. Pounds are only used for weight, not volume.

__________________
smyrnaquince is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
By Weight or by Liquid Measure? Rossnaree Mead Forum 11 12-01-2010 11:35 PM
Weight Watchers vs. Mead Grancru Mead Forum 8 10-22-2010 06:11 AM
Cheap grade honey vs high quality honey MeadWitch Mead Forum 16 10-16-2010 03:43 AM
Blackseed Honey and Pine Honey at the Int'l Market? jkpq45 Mead Forum 0 10-08-2009 06:48 PM
Weight of Gallon of Honey KYUSHO00 Mead Forum 15 08-11-2009 04:57 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS