How many gallons in a barrel and how much does it weigh?





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    How many gallons in a barrel and how much does it weigh?

    For a game situation, I need to know how many gallons are in a typical barrel, and how much a full barrel would weigh (or at least how much a gallon of ale weighs). My dwarven drunken master wants to know if his traveling mule sidekick is going to be encumbered or not. Thanks in advance!

 

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    Here are the various sizes with the amount they hold.

    Hand Keg: 2 gallons
    Cask: 12 gallons
    Barrel: 30 gallons
    Butt: 100 gallons
    Tun: 250 gallons


    A gallon of water weighs about 8 lb.

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    You sir/ma'am, are a peach. Thanks a ton!

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    hand keg - 12" long, 8" circumference, weighs 10 lbs; holds 2 gallons

    cask - 2' long, 18" circumference, holds 12 gallons

    barrel - (generally) 3-5' long, as wide around as a healthy man's shoulders, holds 30 gallons

    butt - 6-7' long, wider than a man, holds 100 gallons

    tun - holds 250 gallons (mounted into walls of taverns with a tap directly into it
    According to PHB, p.110, a Barrel weighs 30lbs. empty, and holds 10 cubic feet of liquid.

    10 cubic feet is 74.8 gallons (US liquid volume), 62.3 british gallons.

    10 cubic feet of water would weigh 624 pounds. Ale would be roughly the same density. So, figure that a filled barrel of ale weighs somewhere around 650 pounds.

    Now, the standard unit of measurement we call "barrel" is the 31.5-gallon drum used for oil. Two barrels equals a hogshead (63 gallons).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverooo
    barrel - (generally) 3-5' long, as wide around as a healthy man's shoulders, holds 30 gallons

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    Now, the standard unit of measurement we call "barrel" is the 31.5-gallon drum used for oil. Two barrels equals a hogshead (63 gallons).
    You've over-generalised. There are about a dozen different measures in the US Customary system, all called 'barrels', and ranging from 31.5 gallons to 42 gallons, when they are not a unit of weight. The 31.5 gallon ones are wine barrels, the oil barrel is a measure equivalent to 42.5 gallons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Encyclopedia Britannica
    Barrel
    unit of both liquid and dry measure in the British Imperial and U.S. Customary systems, ranging from 31.5 to 42 gallons for liquids and fixed at 7,056 cubic inches (105 dry quarts, or 115.63 litres) for most fruits, vegetables, and other dry commodities. The cranberry barrel, however, measures 5,826 cubic inches. In liquid measure, the wine barrel of 126 quarts (31.5 gallons, or 119.24 litres) and the ale and beer barrel of 144 quarts (36 gallons, or 136.27 litres) probably were defined by the traditional size of the actual wooden barrels used in these trades. In the United States a 40-gallon barrel for proof spirits has been legally recognized, and federal taxes on fermented liquors are calculated on a barrel of 31 gallons. A petroleum barrel of 42 gallons may have become standard in the American Southwest because casks of this capacity were readily available. Dry-weight barrels include the barrel of 200 pounds for fish, beef, and pork and that of 376 pounds for cement, among others.
    So a barrel of beer is bigger than a barrel of wine, but smaller than a barrel of whisky, and probably weighs over 300 lb.

    Metric is less confusing.

    Regards,


    Agback
    I loved that cook like a brother,
    And the cook, he worshipped me,
    But we'd both be blowed
    If we'd either be stowed
    In the other bloke's hold, you see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Silver
    For a game situation, I need to know how many gallons are in a typical barrel, and how much a full barrel would weigh (or at least how much a gallon of ale weighs).
    By the way, a US gallon of water weighs 8 pounds avoirdupois, but an Imperial gallon of water weighs 10 pounds avoirdupois. Fortunately the US and British pound have been the same since 1959.

    Metric-- you know it makes sense.

    Regards,


    Agback
    I loved that cook like a brother,
    And the cook, he worshipped me,
    But we'd both be blowed
    If we'd either be stowed
    In the other bloke's hold, you see!

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