When it comes to measuring liquid amounts, most people only think about cups and pints. While these are the most common, they are not the only ones!
There are several other ways to measure liquids that are quite fascinating. For example, did you know that a half a pint is eight cups? Or that a quarter of a pint is two cups?
When baking with liquids, it is especially important to pay attention to the liquid measurements. This is because when you mix too much liquid for the amount of flour used in the recipe, the end product will not turn out right. For example, if there is too much water in the cake batter, then the cake will be wet and doughy instead of crisp and fluffy.
This article will discuss all of the different ways to measure liquids and how to use them correctly when baking.
Half pint cups equal 4 oz
Pint cups equal 16 oz, so half pint cups equal 4 oz. This is a common misconception among bar-goers and bartenders.
Many people assume that a half pint means 8 oz instead of 4 oz, which would be half of a pint. While this may be true for milk containers, it is not for liquor bottles.
However, some bars do use an 8 oz cup as their half pint cup instead of the standard 4 oz one. If you receive more than 4 ounces in a half pint cup at a bar, then you should probably ask for a refill or another drink!
The weight difference is negligible, but the amount of alcohol content is not. You would actually be receiving less alcohol content in your drink than what the bottle says due to the water in the cup blending with the liquor.
Half pint glass bottles
Another way to preserve beer is to put it in glass bottles. You can do this with regular bottles, bottles made specifically for growler fills, or half pint glass bottles.
Regular bottle bottling is a complicated process that requires special equipment. It is also more risk as the bottle must be sealed perfectly or the beer will spoil.
growler fill bottles can be tricky as well. The lid must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized or the beer will pick up a strange flavor or smell.
Half pint glass bottles are the easiest to use for long term preservation. They are readily available and easily sanitized so your brew stays fresh!
Either way, all of these options take some practice and trial and error.
½ pints contain 8 oz
A half pint is almost the same as an eighth, or a quarter. All of these contain 8 ounces of liquid, which makes them very similar. However, a half pint contains twice as much as an eighth, or a quarter.
So how many cups is a half pint? A half pint contains 8 ounces of liquid, so 2 cups of liquid would be equal to a half pint. Two cups is also equal to 1 pint and 2 cups, just to make it more confusing!
Just like the previous sizes mentioned, a half pint can be plastic or glass. Plastic tends to be the less expensive option between the two materials though. A good way to save money on liquor is buying in half pints! You will get twice the amount for the same price.
How much are half pints?
A half pint is a measurement of volume, usually used to measure liquid amounts. Half pints are usually between two and two and a half ounces, or from half a cup to just over a cup.
Like quarts and gallons, ounces are a common measurement system. You probably already know how many ounces a drink is, so this would be easy to remember!
Some drinks, like coffee or lattes, are measured by size of scoop of coffee or milk added instead of volume. This makes it hard to gauge how much milk or coffee is in your drink unless you are very precise.
What is a half pint?
Sometimes, people refer to a half pint as a pint. This can be confusing, as a half pint is not a true pint. A true pint is equal to half a liter, or about 4 cups of liquid.
People may refer to a half pint as a pint because pints of beer and ice cream pints are slightly less than a full liter. This may be the source of the confusion.
Other things such as vegetable or fruit juices can be what makes someone refer to something as a half pint. If someone asks for a half pint of orange juice, they are asking for just enough juice for one person, not enough for two people to have an equal share.
Glass or plastic?
When choosing what material your pint glass is made of, consider how you will be using it.
If you will be drinking beer or ale out of it, a heavier glass such as crystal or even ceramic is better as they are more resistant to cracks when knocked over or bumped into.
Plastic is lighter and more easily handled, making it better for entertaining children or at a beach party where it may get roughed up. It is also easier to clean, which is a plus.
Standard pint glasses are usually made of clear glass. If you want to enhance your beer’s color and appearance, choose a tinted glass instead. This way, you can see all of the beautiful colors that come from the beer itself!
When choosing a glass, try them out and see what feels best in your hand. Also keep in mind your use case scenario and what will work best for you.
Store-bought or homemade?
When making your own half-pint cups, it’s up to you whether you make them out of plastic or glass. Both have their pros and cons.
If you use plastic, then you will have to re-use the same one every time. This could get tiresome, and eventually ruin the consistency of your measurements.
However, if you use plastic, then you can just measure directly into the container without having to rinse or wash anything afterward. This would save time!
Glass half-pint cups must be washed every time to keep them clean and sanitary. If you are using the same cup each time, then there is no worry about contamination.
Examples of half pint containers
There are a few different ways that half pint containers have been used in the beer world. Most of them are universal, but some are more specific than others.
Bar glasses or pint glasses can be used to measure out half pints. This can be done by filling up a glass with half the volume of water, then adding beer until you reach half a pint. You can also do it the other way around- pour out half a pint of beer, then add water until you have a full glass.
A standard bottle cap is about one tenth of a cup, so five bottle caps would make up half a cup. This is an easy way to measure out some small amounts of beer!
Half gallon bottles are easily divided into quarters. Each quarter is about two cups, making it an easy way to obtain one cup of beer.