- Aug 13, 2009
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A $160 carboy cover? Is this guy *serious*?
Good looking out Minnasotamaker for a guy just like us who is adding something to our craft and hobby. I think it's a fantastic addition. I love making wine but have always hated the carboy look. People come over to see my "home winery" and are confused with the bottles of...????? "where's the barrels of wine?"...I even had someone ask if this is really a Meth Lab!...and my wife HATES the look.I guess for the right person, it woud work. It sounds expensive, but he's certainly not gouging anyone. By the time he pays for materials, labor, advertising, overhead, etc. he's probably not making much, and unless he's selling thousands upon thousands, he has to have a bigger mark-up in there to make it worth his time.
Although I don't think I'd have a need for his product, I do salute him for making an effort in a crappy economy. According to his website, he's targeting the US market; and being that it's made in the US, it's an effort to improve our economy and reduce the trade imbalance.
People get so used to buying products that are made overseas by people making less than a $1 and hour, that when an honest hardworking local guy trys to carve out a little piece of the market, he gets laughed out of business. I'm just afraid we'll all be out of business soon.
Now the point that you could buy a handcrafted real barrel for a bit more has some validity, but for the carboy maker not looking to get into barrels, his solution does fill a void.
I thought of a use... Maybe if the room you ferment in gets too much light it could block some out?