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Demijohn (page 67)

A demijohn is a type of carboy (large glass-blown jug) used for brewing and bulk transportation of alcohol or other substances that cannot be preserved in wooden containers.  The bottles are usually olive green or aqua colored and can hold 15 gallons.  Their shape is described as a short narrow opening with a large base, surrounded by a wicker case. 

The term demijohn can have a slightly different meaning depending on the country.  For example, in Britain a demijohn is used specifically for brewing and can only hold 1 gallon and in the US a demijohn is referred to as a “jimmyjohn” and has no specific volume.  The term demijohn was first recorded in 17th century France and there are many theories regarding its origin.  The one that find most relevant to The Kingdom of This World is that the term is a derivation of the French term “dame-jeanne” or “Lady Jane”.

Demijohn

For further information and more pictures, go to:

http://www.bottlebooks.com/demijohn/big_bottles_big_history_demijohn.htm

http://www.antiquebottles.com/demijohn/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboy (inc. the image above)



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