Originally Posted by Kunkemonster
I was going to wait on the hydrometer as I will only be making premixed kits to start.
A hydrometer would still be a good idea, but not 100% necessary. You will have to be extra sure you are done with fermentation before bottling is all, but like you said, you are using premixed kits so that would help. Unlike higher gravity beers.
How are you planning to heat your water? Small apartment + 10 gal pot could equal forever and a day to get it hot, assuming you are planning on doing full boils. If you are planning on using your stove, I would recomend a smaller pot, but hang on to the big one for when you get back stateside and expand. If you have something along the lines of a turkey fryer burner, then nevermind.