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Units of measurement

7 years 8 months ago #21 by Martin Turner


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    An interesting discussion has been going on in Column 8 of the SMH. www.smh.com.au/comment/column-8
    Today's comment on volume units used in breweries:

    "In the good old days, breweries used a set of arcane volume measures," notes Stuart Esler, of Killara (firkins-per fortnight and other curious calibrations, Column 8, Monday). "The firkin (nine gallons) was one of many used for the end product, along with the kilderkin (18), pin (4½) and bastard pin (five). Within the brewery, one section used hogsheads (54 gallons), while another used barrels (36 gallons). However, the most arcane measuring device of all was probably the saccharometer, which gave specific gravity in the wonderful units of 'brewer's pounds per barrel'."
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