I find this conversation so interesting because I have gone the complete opposite direction: I am looking at a 3 gal fermenter to supplement my 7 gal fermenter for my small batches.
Just goes to show how we all have different goals and purposes for our interest.
I saw a guy on YouTube yesterday lay out a cost benefit analysis for home brewing beer vs buying commercial beer.
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As I always say, homebrewing to save money on beer is like buying a boat to save money on fish.
That is so funny, and true!
Like the new Chairman of the Bluebonnet Brewoff Competition told me a few days ago...there is no comparison between what we are brewing, vs. the commercial brewers.
Most commercial beers will score in the mid 30's with BJCP types. The BOS round at this year's Bluebonnet did not have a beer scored less than 39, with most being above 40 points. In other words, we as home brewers are blowing the big guys out of the water.
Just another reason to brew the beer you drink!