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Old 02-17-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default Be careful of who measures your pot!!! WT??

I just paid 59$ for a "40qt" aluminum pot with a really nice steamer basket and lid from Sportsmans Warehouse.
I get it home, rip the label off and decide to mark it on the inside, using my trusty Crafsman screwdriver as an awl, 5, 6, and 6.5 gal lines using my best screwdriver penmenship... and it looks - strangely close to the top???

The pot only holds 8 Gallons!! and I already scratched it up with my markings!
DAAAANG!!

What is this? Is it common practice to FLAT OUT LIE about capacity?
Do the Chinese use a smaller quart than we do? Is this an importer ripoff??

I never thought this would boil 10g batches - obviously but now do I have to worry about boilover with only a 32qt pot?

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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Next time, I suggest marking up a yardstick calibrated to that pot, rather than the pot itself. You can easily figure out how many inches per gallon by doing a little basic math.

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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How does that help? I can do math. Thanks.

I emailed the importer using 98% (do the math if you want to) of the above post as my complaint. I'll see if they offer to make things better for me.

I posted this so people check the full capacity before marking the pot so they have a chance to return it. Yes had I used a stick, I could return the pot unharmed, but its too late for me now.

If they make good, I'll post their name and tell everyone to seek out their business. If not - they get blasted.

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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Take it back anyway.

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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How does that help? I can do math. Thanks.
It helps because then you don't scratch up the pot, thus making it unreturnable and lowering its resale value. And if you happen to have multiple pots with the same diameter, as I do, you can use the same stick on any pot which makes it a convenient tool on brew day when you might be measuring sparge volume in one pot, and boil volume in another.
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I'm just feeling a little ripped off, and PO'd. I calmed down.

Can I just make 32Qt work? will it be too close to boiling over for 6.5gals?
Maybe I'll get a nice coupon or something out of this.

I might just try taking it back anyway

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So far as using the pot, you should be fine. I recommend you add some fermcap-s at the start of your boil just to be safe, but it's certainly big enough to get the job done for 5 gallon batches.

EDIT: ah for 6.5 gallons (final volume) it's pretty close. I have done 6 gallon f.v. batches in my 30qt pot, so I think you can do it, but in mine it was literally right up to the top of the pot pre-boil. DEFINITELY use fermcap-s.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:02 PM   #8
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Screw that make them take it back. You did not receive what you ordered. If they don't offer to take it back let them know you will be calling the better business bureau and the FBI regarding fraud. Then follow through and actually call them. Find out who owns the company and contact them regarding the situation and let them know you are in touch with the BBB and the FBI regarding their fraudulent sale. It does not matter that you marked it up. You weren't aware of their fraudulence until you did so.
I had to do this exact song and dance with Terminix over some bull****. I ended up contacting the guy who owns the parent company that owns terminix. It was a long road, but I got a lot of satisfaction after getting my refund.

edit- sometimes your credit card company will take this on also

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And, never trust the dealer to measure your pot.

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You could probably make it work, but you can get a 32qt aluminum pot for like $18. So you got ripped off.


Take it back.

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