1. ## Weight of Honey

Say I have equal volumes of honey. Two 5 gallon buckets w/ honey up to the same heigth in each bucket. But one is 18.5% moisture and the other is 16.5% moisture. What will 5 gallons, by volume, of 18.5% moisture honey weigh and how much will the same volume of 16.5% moisture content honey weigh?

Any body know? I'll make it a little easier then. Let's say that the bucket of 18.5% moisture content honey weighs 62.5 Lbs. That's 60 lbs of honey and 2.5 lbs for the bucket and lid. How much more will the 16.5% moisture honey weigh?

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## Re: Weight of Honey

I would venture to guess that the 18.5% moisture honey will be about 13.352 ounces heavier than the 16.5% honey. So if you put the five gallon pails of honey on the scales and the 18.5% weighs 62.5 pounds, I figure the 16.5% will weigh 61.7 pounds.

Anywhere close??

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## Re: Weight of Honey

Wrong. The higher the moisture content the lighter it is by volume. A gallon of water weighs less than a gallon of honey. Since different moisture contents change the weight per volume you need to "calibrate" each run of honey when bottling to ensure you have the proper weight to match the label.

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## Re: Weight of Honey

The density of honey is pretty variable depending on Temp and of course water content.... but at 75F it is about 1.4 gr/L - that is quite a bit more dense than water at the same temp.

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## Re: Weight of Honey

The 16% honey will be heavier than the 18%. But I cannot say how much.
Now, if you can tell me how much a 5 gallon pail of pure sugar weighs (not granulated, that has too much air between the grains. It would need to be a solid like oldfashioned rock candy) then perhaps we could answer the question.

6. ## Re: Weight of Honey

I don't know why knowing what a bucket of sugar weighs has to do w/ this. I thought that this was a pretty simple question, but apparently it isn't and either no one knows, no one knows how to figuere it out or the person who knows isn't saying or hasn't read the Thread.

Thanks anyway y'all.

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