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MEASURES OF OLD.

AS times have changed, we remember those days when beer and ale was supplied from different vessels of various sizes and a set capacity, the names of which have almost fallen out of use and are largely unheard of these days. The colourful references and measures of bygone days are as follows: Tun A large vessel containing 252 gallons.

Butt A smaller vessel containing 108 gallons.

Hogshead Equivalent to half a butt, containing 54 gallons. Barrel A size of cask or keg, containing 36 imperial gallons. Kilderkin A half-barrel, containing 18 gallons.

Firkin A quarter barrel, containing nine gallons.

Polypin Half a firkin or 36 pints. Quart Two pints or a quarter gallon. Gill A quarter pint. The term is no longer in common use, except in regard to the volume of alcoholic spirits.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2015
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