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    New York WTS - Five Stainless steel beer shanks 4-1/8 inch

    I'll take the last two if you still have them. Matt
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    Colorado 1/2" NPT 316 3Pcs SS Ball Valves

    I would take a ball valve if you have any left.
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    North Dakota 1/2" Stainless HERMS coil

    If you ever get to Fargo, I could meet up with you and take it off your hands for 40. If you choose not to go with the previous poster!
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    Brew kits and 1 or 5/6 gallon carboys?

    It's certainly closer, the boil would be a bout the same, your big time difference would be cooling 1 gallon vs. five, and even that isn't going to amount to 2 hours difference. I was just trying to throw numbers out there without sparking a debate on the difference of times for different size...
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    Dry hop?

    Absolutely worth it! Dry hop for more than two days though, or it may not be worth it.
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    Brew kits and 1 or 5/6 gallon carboys?

    The question is whether you want to spend a couple hours brewing a gallon sized kit, or a couple more hours added and brew 5 gallons? I wouldn't advise splitting a 5 gallon kit between multiple fermenting vessels until you start getting into the experimentation stage.
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    The main problem if you're going with just an element with no control is that you will most likely either undershoot and have hard time getting to a boil or overshoot and have boil overs. I know you can do some funky math and get pretty darn close, but I just overshot on mine, and built a...
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    PWM is a pulse width modulator, it basically gives you a dial control that pulses current to the element at speeds based on how high you have the dial turned up, allowing you to control the vigor of the boil. PWM kits are dirt cheap, and very easy to wire up with simple soldering skills. Add a...
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    North Carolina Found more stuff Books, bottling wand, BeerSmith 2

    I'll take the Beersmith if cank doesn't for some reason.
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    His first post he mentions a 5 gallon pot, so 4.5 might be a bit tough to control. I went without one for a 240v 5000W element and my 10 gallon boils were boiling over unless I stirred constantly. Chances are he would be fine, but I've always thought it was nice to have control over the boil.
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    If you don't mind a little slower boil time, the heatstick might be the way to go. There is a lot less messing around with wiring and holes in your kettle that way. That being said, I love my pwm controlled e-keggle and wouldn't do it a different way! (Apart from full automation, of course :) )
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    yeah, you shouldn't have an issue, that should only draw 16.6 amps. You might have to watch how many things you have drawing from that circuit, and turn some stuff off, or not use other things while brewing.
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    E kettle or heat stick. Need help on deciding.

    With 4.5 gallons, I would personally go with a 120v low watt element plugged in. I would encourage you to wire up some sort of pulse width modulator device to control the boil if you go that route. Another option would be finding a hot plate, and using a heat stick to supplement. I know a guy...
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    NEED HELP with IIPA water profile

    Like Johnny said, water profile is one of the last things you should be messing with during your homebrew career. The main issue is that you won't really know what the profile is doing to your beer until you've brewed that recipe multiple times and have had consistent success doing it. That...
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    Nut brown yeast dillemma

    I had a feeling waiting to get a couple more packets was going to be the better of all the options. Thanks for the reply!
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    Nut brown yeast dillemma

    Question for you guys, I'm doing a ten gallon nut brown tomorrow, and came to realize I only have one packet of S-04. I have a packet of Muntons as well, and while I would like to pitch two packets, I'm curious how mixing the two would work. I thought about doing a starter, but I know...
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    Maryland 4lb Steel CO2 Tank

    Ah, no worries then. Pass it on to the next, and thanks!
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    Do you enjoy brewing more than drinking?

    I had the same problem, I love to brew, but only went through 5 gallons every month and half or two. I found some guys and 4-5 of us get together every week or so, fill some growelrs, sit and have some beer and generally hang out. When it comes time to purchase ingredients, they pitch in and...
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    Maryland 4lb Steel CO2 Tank

    I don't suppose I could pay you to ship it? Assuming it's not more than 20 bucks or so...not sure how heavy one is.