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278430 John Ruth <johnrruth@h...> 2024‑05‑15 Re: Cooper's Bung Borer

With much snippage as per FAQ

> On May 14, 2024, at 5:19 PM, Richard Wilson  wrote:
> Michael sez..
>> and the bar man drills the head and installs the tap.
> Really?  I don’t claim to know, but Barrels being returnable for re-filling I
assumed that the tap hole was made by the Cooper, and the cellar man drove it
into the barrel as he whacked the tap into place.  Or is that a modern idea?  Or
do I just not know what I’m talking about?

In my 1960's boyhood experience, limited to wooden Schaefer kegs, the wooden
faucet, just like the one in Tony Seo's photo, was driven into a steel-lined
hole in the head of the cask.  This tap hole had a cork in it which was driven
into the barrel when tapping it.

The tap hole in the head was diametrically opposite from the wide stave having
the filling hole.

I'm learning a whole corrected nomenclature from this thread; just the sort of
knowledge that draws me to OLDTOOLS.

I had mistakenly thought that the term "bung" was restricted to the large
filling hole in the midpoint of the barrel.

The term "tap" was used to refer to the wooden faucet itself.  This was
furnished by the Beer Distributor, and returned with the empty keg.

The steel-lined hole in the head was referred to as the "tap hole."

I stand corrected! Various sources are confirming the meanings elucidated in
this bthread!

OLDTOOLS, where quaint and curious lore is always on tap !!!

John Ruth
Metuchen, NJ

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