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Old 01-21-2010, 08:26 PM   #1
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I bought a 10 gallon stainless steel pot from Austin Homebrew Supply a little over a year ago and have used it as my HLT and Brew Kettle. I brewed this weekend and noticed a three inch long crack from the top of the pot going straight down. I brewed again the next day and noticed a second crack starting not too far from the first.

The cracks are high enough up that I can still do 5 gallon batches but I wouldn't want to try doing a 7-8 gallon batch any more. Is there anything I can do to fill the cracks? What about anything to keep more cracks from forming? Would you keep using this pot?

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Old 01-21-2010, 08:28 PM   #2
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Have you tried talking to AHS?

It should not be cracking under normal use.

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Old 01-21-2010, 08:29 PM   #3
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:46 PM   #4
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I couldn't agree more Gila. I called them and they said they only have a thirty day return policy.

Very cool thread, BF. But I think I will probably end up buying a new pot rather than a torch for soldering.

What do y'all think about continuing to use this pot? Is catastrophic failure just a matter of do you think I might be able to keep using it safely?

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I'd call the manufacturer to see what kind of warranty they have on their product.

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I'd definitely call the manufacturer. I wouldn't expect any pot to crack like that. Did you send any photo's of the pot to them? I'd bet they get some real winners trying to return pots they have damaged due to abuse.

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I couldn't get manufacturer information because these pots are from China. The man I spoke to said that this is why they only offer the 30 day return policy.

Any opinions or experiences in using a cracked pot? I think this will be just for the interim until I can figure out what I want to replace it with. Might be my time to step up to 10 gallon batches.

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I couldn't get manufacturer information because these pots are from China. The man I spoke to said that this is why they only offer the 30 day return policy.

Any opinions or experiences in using a cracked pot? I think this will be just for the interim until I can figure out what I want to replace it with. Might be my time to step up to 10 gallon batches.
Thermal expansion and cooling is only going to make the crack creep more.

Time to get a new pot and use that one for a planter. Something chinese would be appropriate.
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Post a picture . Are the cracks near the handles?

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There is a picture linked at the end of the first post, but yes the cracks are on either side of the rivets for the handle. I would say about an inch away for the larger crack and three inches for the smaller crack. The smaller crack is in the middle of the area between the two sets of rivets for the handles.

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