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Hogshead

Hogshead: A large barrel, made from oak and used to mature spirit. The capacity of a hogshead was standardized first in an act of Parliament in 1423. The size now varies depending on the industry, for example a Sherry hogshead is slightly larger than a standard Madeira barely. A wine hogshead of today is around 52.5 gallons (238.7 litres).

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