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Problem with Charts[edit]

There is a problem with the conversion chart in respect to liters. The initial gallon to liter conversion is correct, but then the chart treats the other units as if they were liters.

There are 63 hogshead to the US gallon, but that doesn't work out to 63 hogshead equaling 238.48 liters.

I believe the same chart is used for rundlet, barrel, tierce, hogshead, firkin, puncheon, tertian, pipe, butt, and tun, and since I can't edit that chart I'm pointing it out here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:41, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

The rest of the world uses hogsheads too. The UK is only one (minor?) player in the world cooperage industry (mainly beer and whiskey)- none of that information is included but should be. Matupitu (talk) 01:41, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Tobacco hogsheads[edit]

I've heard that hogsheads were also used to measure tobacco, such as "hands per hogshead". This may have just been referring to filling a standard hogshead barrel with tobacco leaves. This information comes second-hand from a museum in Ohio, USA.


Does anyone have any etymology information? 22:51, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

hogshead (n.) "large cask or barrel," late 14c., presumably on some perceived resemblance. The original liquid measure was 63 old wine gallons (by a statute of 1423); later anywhere from 100 to 140 gallons. Borrowed into other Germanic languages, oddly, as ox-head (cf. Du. okshoofd, Ger. oxhoft, Swed. oxhufvud). From here.