Among traditional and commercial barrel sizes not defined in federal law were
|the flour barrel||3 bushels (In U.S. Dept. of Agriculture statistics, a “barrel” is 196 pounds of wheat or rye flour or 200 pounds of cornmeal.)|
|barrel of sugar||5 cubic feet|
|barrel of Portland cement||4 cubic feet (4 bags to a barrel), equivalent to 376 pounds.|
|barrel of whiskey||The Revenue Service considered the whiskey barrel held 31 gallons, but the
actual physical barrels seem to have held 50 gallons.
United States Code, title 15. ch. 6, sec. 231-242.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Standards.
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