Barrel FAQs:

Q: Was a barrel a standard size of measure referring to a set capacity or weight of a given commodity?

A: Yes.

Q: Are barrels also used as a unit of measurement for dry goods?

A: Yes, such as flour or produce.

Q: Is a barrel one of several units of volume?

A: Yes, and with dry barrels, fluid barrels , oil barrel, etc.

Q: Is a barrel 31 US gallons?

A: Yes, and half a gallon less than the traditional wine barrel.

Q: Was a barrel standardized at 42 US gallons?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a barrel 53 US gallons in size?

A: Yes, and which is thus the de facto standard whisky barrel size worldwide.

Q: Are barrels called a "barrel maker" or cooper?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a barrel the most common size?

A: Yes, this was the 40 US gallons barrel for proof spirits, which was of the same volume as 5 US bushels.

Q: Is a barrel called bung hole and the stopper used to seal it bung?

A: Yes.

Q: Are barrels selected because of its ability to transfer certain aromas to the spirit?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a barrel refined into about 19?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a barrel 196 pounds of flour?

A: Yes, and with other substances such as pork subject to more local variation.

Q: Is a barrel repurposed and used to store or age another product?

A: Yes, and the "devil's cut" may in turn be leached into the new product, providing finishing characteristics desired by the barrel user.

Q: Are barrels often used to collect the rainwater from dwellings?

A: Yes, This usage, known as rainwater harvesting, requires adequate roof-covering and an adequate rain pipe.

Q: Is a barrel called staves?

A: Yes, while the rings that hold them together are called hoops.

Q: Are barrels only one type of cooperage?

A: Yes.