# Milkman milk measuring puzzle

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A milkman carries a full 12 liter container of milk. He needs to deliver exactly 6 liters to a customer who only has 8-liter and a 5-liter containers.

How can he do this ?

SherlockHolmes Expert Asked on 7th September 2016 in

1)fill 5 liter cup and then pour those five liters into 8 liter cup and again fill 5 liter cup
We have
12 lt jar having 2liters milk,
8 lt jar having 5 liter and
5 lt jar having 5 liter

2) Then pour 5liters milk into 8 lt jar so that 2lts left in 5 lt jar
now
12 lt jar have 2 lt  milk
8lt jar  have 8 lts milk and
5lt jar have 2 lts milk

3) Then pour 2 lts milk of 5 liter jar into 12liter jar and pour 8 liters into 5 lts  so that 3 liter left in 8 liter jar
now
12 lt jar have 4 lt milk and
8 lt jar have 3 lt milk and
5 lt jar have 5 lt milk

4) Pour 5lit into 12 liters so totally 9 liters left in 12 lt jar
now,
12 lt jar have 9 lt milk and
8 lt jar have 3ltr milk  and
5 lt jar have 0ltr milk

5) Pour 3ltr milk of 8 lt jar into 5jar and pour 9liter of 12 jar into 8 so that 1 liter left
12lt jar have 1 lt milk and
8 lt jar have 8lt milk  and
5 lt jar have 3lt milk

6) Pour 2lt milk from 8Lt jar into 5lt jar to fill it completely
Finally,
12 lt jar have 1 lt milk and
8 liters jar have 6 liters of milk and
5 lt jar have 5 lt milk

So, we got 6 liters milk

srivani Scholar Answered on 7th September 2016.

The result of Step 4 in the answer given by Srivani can be reached easier, in 3 simple steps, as follows:

Initially, the entire milk is in 12 Ltr jar.

Step 1: Fill the 8 Ltr jar. => 12 Ltr Jar has 4 ltr. left, and 8 Ltr Jar has 8 Ltrs.
Step 2: Fill the 5 Ltr. jar from the 8 Ltr. jar.  => 12 Ltr Jar has 4 ltr. as before, 8 Ltr jar has 3 Ltr. left, and 5 Ltr jar has 5 ltrs.
Step 3: Empty the 5 Ltr jar into the 12 Ltr jar to get the same postion as Step 4.

Rest of the moves as given in the answer.

Viji_Pinarayi Expert Answered on 7th September 2016.

Pour half of the 12 L jar into the 8 L jar until the level in the 12 L jar and 8 L jar are equal. Done.

sleepygeak Starter Answered on 19th November 2016.

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