mursecrna wrote:As someone who brews and grows their own hops (so as to not be subjected to hop shortages or price issues), I don't believe a 5 gallon batch of any "great" beer can be brewed for less than the cost of these glasses. A clone of a mass produced, rice beer, maybe, but not a great beer...
This is the winner for me. To cardinalsfan, PeterN, ZSN, it's certainly possible to brew fifty bottles of beer for the cost of these glasses, but it's hard for me to believe anyone doing so would have standards low enough to consider it great beer. Even if hops don't cost what they did a couple years ago, pricing yourself at twenty bucks limits you to using almost entirely basic grains, common hop varieties, and standard yeasts. Growing your own hops or reusing yeast cakes can bring your costs down substantially, sure, but it also (a) limits the type of beer you can make and (b) isn't possible for those of us who live in an urban setting and/or only brew every so often (yeah, you can collect and store the yeast, but is it really worth the trouble to save five or ten bucks?). Not to mention that the costs of time, equipment, and water (again, at least for those of us who live in urban areas and have to buy distilled or painfully run it all through a filter) should be factored in as well.
Ultimately, though, I think the point here is that no one is forcing anyone to choose between two premium pint glasses or five gallons of beer. If you're the sort of person who cheaps out on your homebrewing, then you're the sort of person who's going to drink the result out of a $2 standard glass from Target, at best.
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