Re: firkin (was What is a piggin?)
> My favorite bucket name is firkin.Oh dear. I'm going to sound a know-it-all. :-( A firkin is in fact a
size of double-headed cask, meaning a size of barrel, and that size depended
upon the intended use of the cask. A firkin for general tight use is and was
21" in length, 14" diameter across the head, 17 1/2" diameter in pitch, and
can hold 9 Imperial gallons. A slight brewer's firkin is 20 1/2" length, 18
1/2" head diameter 16 1/4" belly diameter, and still can hold 9 Imperial
gallons. A stout brewer's firkin is the same in dimensions as the slight. It
should be noted firkins are and were never used for ovals, vinegar, wine,
sherry, bourbon, port, madiera, marsala, burgundy, claret, white wine, rum,
hock, whiskey, tar, syrup, ginger or sauce casks.
If you think there are strange names for cask sizes, you ought to take a
gander at the names coopers gave to tools. Crowse, knockerup, chintzing
iron, bick or beak iron, howel, sun plane - I could go on. It is my personal
opinion after working a hard day in a cooperage, oxygen deprived from the
smokey interior of the shop, the coopers all went across the street to the
pub, drank too much strong ale and thought up weird names for their tools as
they grew less and less coherent.
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- <<Oh dear. I'm going to sound a know-it-all. :-( A firkin is in fact a
> size of double-headed cask, meaning a size of barrel, and that size dependedI stand corrected as for the definition of a firkin, but it still is my favorite "container" name.
> upon the intended use of the cask.>>
Excellent information. Who would've thought someone would know this much about firkins. Huzzah to you Lorina.