hist-brewing: Medieval Weights and Measures Question

Cindy Renfrow renfrow at skylands.net
Sat Jun 12 16:52:50 PDT 1999

>    Greetings all,       I am trying to decipher an English recipe  >from
>1606. It starts "First you must take halfe a strike of  ..." Does any one
>know what a "strike" is?      The only use of the word "strike" I have
>been able to find relates to the "Winchester Standard." (found it in
>Weights and Measures by F.G. Skinner)  For capacity, it defined  each
>measure by the weight in Troy ounces of its contents of wheat by "striked
>measure." Any help would be appreciated.   Michael
>darke at inetworld.net       _^..^_http://www.inetworld.net/darke"Veni,
>Coqui, Bibimus"

Hello.  A 'strike' is not a unit of measurement.  It is a stick, sometimes
called a 'strickle', used to level off the grain in a measuring container.


Cindy Renfrow
renfrow at skylands.net
Author & Publisher of "Take a Thousand Eggs or More, A Collection of 15th
Century Recipes" and "A Sip Through Time, A Collection of Old Brewing

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