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my bees are going to town on this!

Taking a 5lb bag and 3 pint jars of hot water....working like a champ!

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What problem does 5:3 solve that is caused by 2:1? If it just works better, what specifically works better? Thanks.

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**krad1964**
What problem does 5:3 solve that is caused by 2:1? If it just works better, what specifically works better? Thanks.

It's easier to get it all dissolved, and after a few days there are no signs of crystallizing.

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**Hoosier**
It's easier to get it all dissolved, and after a few days there are no signs of crystallizing.

5:3 won't crystallize all the way down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius)

Tony P.

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Thanks. I'll give it a try. Looks like:

**25# SUGAR** - 15# WATER - **7.5 QUARTS**

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**krad1964**
Thanks. I'll give it a try. Looks like:

**25# SUGAR** - 15# WATER - **7.5 QUARTS**

Yep, and it ought to make about two gallons for you. Be sure that it boils somewhat as you stir it.

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Anyone know how close just using a quart mason jar for measurement would get this ratio???

Example... 5 quarts Sugar;3 quarts Water.

I'm thinking it's got to be pretty close but not exact.

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I would weigh the sugar instead of measure it...I think that is what is meant in the recipe (though Im not sure how much a quart of sugar weighs....)

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Quart of sugar = 26.6 ounces

Quart of water = 32 ounces

This is full to the top of the jar.

So for a 5:3 need 5 quart of sugar(133 ounces) and 2 1/2 quart of water(80 ounces)

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OK, so it sounds like you can do 2 cups of sugar to one of water, and just multiply it to your needs. Of course I was taught math in a public school, so there you go.

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My tap water must be too hot as I can make 2:1 all day long without having to boil anything.

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Michael Bush does all the figuring for you on this. Go to Bush Bee Farm:

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#ratios

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**Myron Denny**

And on that page Michael Bush says, " I use more like 5:3 (sugar:water) all the time. It keeps better than 1:1 and is easier to dissolve than 2:1."

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**mgolden**
**Quart of sugar = 26.6 ounces**

Quart of water = 32 ounces

This is full to the top of the jar.

So for a 5:3 need 5 quart of sugar(133 ounces) and **2 1/2 quart of water**(80 ounces)

**Not really:**

**One cup of sugar weighs 220 grams**

/__One quart of sugar weighs 880 grams = 31.04077 ounces__ (almost 2 pounds)

__5 X 31.04 = 155.2 ounces of sugar__ (**almost 10 pounds**) **SO** __3 X 31 = 93 ounces or about __**3 quarts of water**

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**shannonswyatt**
OK, so it sounds like you can do **2 cups of sugar to one of water**, and just multiply it to your needs. Of course I was taught math in a public school, so there you go.

**Not really:**

1 cup of sugar=220 grams

2 cups of sugar=440 grams = 15.52 ounces (almost one pound)

1 cup of water= 8 ounces=227 grams= (1/2 pound) so **You would be doing a 2:1 mix** not a 5:3

You could do 2 cups of sugar with 9.3 ounces (264 grams) of water; that would give you a 5:3 ratio.

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**JYawn**
Anyone know how close just using a quart mason jar for measurement would get this ratio???

Example... 5 quarts Sugar;3 quarts Water.

**I'm thinking it's got to be pretty close but not exact.**

**Yep, close enough.**

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Math is hard, my head hurts. Why can't they make sugar weigh as much as water? <grin>

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**Hoosier**
**Not really:**

**One cup of sugar weighs 220 grams**

/__One quart of sugar weighs 880 grams = 31.04077 ounces__ (almost 2 pounds)

__5 X 31.04 = 155.2 ounces of sugar__ (**almost 10 pounds**) **SO** __3 X 31 = 93 ounces or about __**3 quarts of water**

Not worthy of a response, but go weigh a quart completely full of water and a quart completely full of sugar, as I did.

shannonswyatt nails it - multiples of 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water will make very close to 5:3 sysrup mixture.

Simpler yet, is two volumes of sugar to one volume of water gives very close to 5:3.

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Woo hoo! I got one right!