Butt (unit)

The butt was a measure of liquid volume equalling two hogsheads.[1]


A butt approximately equated to 108 imperial gallons (130 US gallons; 491 litres; 5 hectolitres) for ale or 126 imperial gallons (151 US gallons; 573 litres; 6 hectolitres) for wine (also known as a pipe), although the Oxford English Dictionary notes that "these standards were not always precisely adhered to".[1][2]

The butt is one in a series of English wine cask units, being half of a tun.

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