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Old 04-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #11
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I got a 4 gallon SS pot from Big Lots for $16, it worked great for extract kits.
Then I bought another one to do split boil All Grain batches on my stove, this also worked great and produced good beer. Then I bought a 15Gal Bayou Classic SS pot from Amazon for $120, works great out in the yard on propane but you will need a chiller for that. Like someone else was saying you will probably get addicted to brewing and go bigger later. Its OK though because I still use my smaller pots to collect wart.....

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:31 PM   #12
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We have some Aluminum kettles which are perfect for the first time brewer.

http://spikebrewing.com/collections/bargain-cave

WOW! 15 gallon stainless for 100$ shipped??? Nice bargain cave....
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #13
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I have an 8g. aluminum from instawares.com that I purchased for $28 plus shipping. Under $40 total. Spike has some nice options there as well in aluminum. Just pre-boil water in the pot before your first use to get oxidized layer.

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #14
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Be careful on weight limitations of glass top stoves. A coworker of mine broke the glass pane on her stove while canning a bunch of stuff. It was a very costly mistake!
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #15
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Be careful on weight limitations of glass top stoves. A coworker of mine broke the glass pane on her stove while canning a bunch of stuff. It was a very costly mistake!
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Wow that really sucks. Do you know how big of a pot she was using? I might just not use our glass top because that would be a expensive mistake
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #16
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Wow that really sucks. Do you know how big of a pot she was using? I might just not use our glass top because that would be a expensive mistake
I have heard similiar tales. Using an expensive glass top range is a little risky for brewing anything more than a partial boil. I think the problem occurs not only due to weight, but when the bottom of the pot is oversized and overheats the glass top. Only speculating here, and likely you will be ok using 4-5 gallon pots, but for anything greater a propane burner or E-kettle is good insurance on saving SWMBO's stove.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:25 AM   #17
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I have heard similiar tales. Using an expensive glass top range is a little risky for brewing anything more than a partial boil. I think the problem occurs not only due to weight, but when the bottom of the pot is oversized and overheats the glass top. Only speculating here, and likely you will be ok using 4-5 gallon pots, but for anything greater a propane burner or E-kettle is good insurance on saving SWMBO's stove.
Crazy, I been brewing 2 burner full boil batches on my glass top all winter and never considered breakage...now more ammo to move outside on ten gal setup...!

To the OP, the mexican grocery stores by me have ten gallon aluminum tamale pots, with steamer rack and lid for $25 or so, might look there, at least get you goin...
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #18
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I picked up a 6 gallon stainless kettle from sams club. The bottom is about an inch larger than the burner on my stove. Do you think this is okay or should I just get the 4 gallon?

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I've boiled 6.5 gallons on my glass-top stove and it was fine. Granted not all stoves are constructed the same.

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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Now do any of you know if on a ceramic cooktop it's okay to use a pot that the bottom isn't completely flat? I actually ordered an aluminum 20 quart off of amazon before I found the SAMs club pot. It came today and is great quality but the bottom isn't totally flat. Attached is a picture of the amazon pot.

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