hist-brewing: Cask sizes

Joyce Miller msmead at doctorbeer.com
Sat Oct 23 15:49:30 PDT 1999


I copied this off a display on the wall of the cooper's shed at the Bass
Brewery Museum, Burton-on-Trent, England.  It appears to represents
standardized sizing, which I surmise arose during the early part of the
19th c, when some of the breweries (like Bass) got very large and
transported their products great distances.

          Butt     Hogshead  Barrel   1/2 Hogsh. Kilderkin Firkin   Pin
widest    2'9"     2' 4-1/2" 2'1-3/4" 2'  1/4"   1'10"     1'5-1/4" 1'2"
end       2'4-1/2" 1'11-3/4" 1'9-1/4" 1'7-1/2"   1' 5-1/4" 1'2"     11-1/2"
tall      4'4"     3' 1-1/2" 2'3-1/4" 2'5-1/2"   2' 1-3/8" 1'9"     1'5"
gallons    108      54        36       27         18         9      4-1/2
wgt empty  234     152       117      100         74        42       27
wgt full  1314     692       477      370        254       132       65

All units are English (2'9" = 2 feet, 9 inches).  Gallons is the capacity
in Imperial gallons.  Wgt. is in pounds.  "Widest" = diameter at the
widest part of the barrel.  "End" = diameter at the end of the barrel.

-- Joyce

--- Joyce Miller, msmead at doctorbeer.com

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