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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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Mar 16, 2015|
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