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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How Firkin Much Is That?


If you've ever heard the term firkin, hogshead, butt or tun and wondered what the heck it meant.  Wonder no more.  They are terms used in the UK to describe diferent volumes of liquid.  The descriptions below are in UK gallons.  A UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.

Pin = 4 1/2 gallons
Firkin = 2 Pins = 9 gallons
Kilderkin = 2 Firkins = 18 gallons
Barrel = 2 Kilderkins = 36 gallons
Hogshead = 1 1/2 Barrels = 54 gallons
Puncheon = 2 Barrels = 72 gallons
Butt = 2 Hogsheads = 108 gallons
Tun = 2 Butts = 216 gallons

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