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Old 02-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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At least that's what I remember reading a while back when I discovered my Bayou Classic would attract a magnet
Ha! I had the same experience. Got a bit worried when I got my Bayou pot and discovered it was magnetic. From what I've found, Bayou is only acting as a distributor and really have no idea what they’re talking about. It would be interesting to find out what the actual grade of stainless is, but I haven't had any luck getting that information.

When I bought the pot, induction heating was not something that I'd considered or knew anything about. Lucky that it turned out to be magnetic. I'm surprised that induction isn't discussed more on HBT. Works great!
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:10 PM   #12
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I'm thinking about picking up an 1136, the Max Burton 6000 1800w induction cooktop, and going for a semi-BIAB.
Did you try this? How did it work for you?
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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Did you try this? How did it work for you?
Haven't tried it yet. Since I only brew once a month, these decisions can take a long time.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:13 AM   #14
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Bayou Classic states that all of their stainless kettles are 304 stainless. 304 stainless is an Austinitic microstructure and is not generally magnetic. However, during deep drawing and grinding operations this alloy can undergo a microstructural change to a Martinsitic lattice, similar to some 400 series stainless steels. This probably accounts for the magnetic properties of the Bayou Classic kettles. Before buying however you might want to check the kettle with a magnet if you are planning on using an induction cooktop. You can always use an induction disk if you have non-compatible cookware. My favorite kettle is the Megapot 1.2 from Northern Brewer which has an aluminum clad bottom which results in improved distribution of heat across the bottom of the kettle. This pot uses 400 series stainless steel which has good magnetic permeability characteristics. This also has the 1.2 ratio of height to diameter similar to the Blichmann which gives you improved efficiency for brewing. Many of the Bayou classic pots also have this 1.2 ratio. Great article by the way in the March/April edition of BYO magazine about induction brewing.

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Old 10-14-2014, 07:02 PM   #15
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Zombie thread pickup here.. But did anyone make any heads or tales out of this?

I've got a Bayou Classic kettle and I'd like to look into an induction plate instead of propane - just to keep the condo association happy.

I'm interested in seeing if any of the cooktops that will work on a 110/15A circuit will allow me to boil enough wort (7-8 gallons) to end up with a 5 gallon batch?

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DonnieZ, I am in the exact same situation as you - same pot, same voltage limitations and batch size. Did you ever learn of a cooktop that works?

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I purchased 4 15 gal bayou kettles with the thick bottom and all were magnetic and all had a rust line or pits where the weld was. Still waiting for my money from Bayou Classic. They even cherry picked one from the warehouse and that one was bad also. The dude at Brew and Grow in Waukeshaw, Wi. said they aren't 304 and that's why they rust. We put a stir bar on his kettle, it stuck and is now making great beer (10 gal batches)on the 3500w induction cook top.

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