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    2019 Maple Grading School

    2019 IMSI Maple Syrup Grading School, Underhill, Vermont
    September 17-18, 2019
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Center
    58 Harvey Rd, Underhill, VT 05489
    Phone: (802) 899-4923
    Maximum: 20 Participants...
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    Both will produce excellent results if done...

    Both will produce excellent results if done correctly, and poor results if not. Both have a learning curve to them. For batches > 5 gal at a time, a press is probably better/faster. For smaller...
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    As long as you have 3/16" tubing extending at...

    As long as you have 3/16" tubing extending at least 35' below the last tap on the slope, it would probably end up about the same (3/4" mainline vs extending 3/16" lines). Either way, the 3/16" line...
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    I'd second BAP's thoughts. We don't use our CDL...

    I'd second BAP's thoughts. We don't use our CDL vacuum filter a lot, mostly for smaller research projects or playing around with infusions when we need to filter (for us) small batches. When we do...
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    Air injection into pans produces light syrup. ...

    Air injection into pans produces light syrup. Air injection into sap produces darker syrup. A little paradoxical isn't it. ;^)



    You might think so, but no. The reaction with air injection...
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    None of this is terribly surprising. Length of...

    None of this is terribly surprising. Length of time, temperature, number and type of microbes, and aeration will all influence (hasten) many of the biological factors and chemical reactions...
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    Besides the sanitizing chemical itself, the most...

    Besides the sanitizing chemical itself, the most important factor in sanitizing tubing with chemicals is to ensure adequate contact time of the solution with the tubing in order to achieve a good...
  8. jscheib….nobody that I am aware of is doing it...

    jscheib….nobody that I am aware of is doing it yet, but we are also actively DISCOURAGING people from trying it for several reasons and don't provide any further information than what we have already...
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    This process (adding air to sap) works by...

    This process (adding air to sap) works by reducing some of the off-flavor precursors and by allowing for the development of more strong flavors (by having more time elapse and/or by diluting and...
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    How about "people living in sugarhouses shouldn't...

    How about "people living in sugarhouses shouldn't throw brix"
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    :lol: I beginning to be able to relate to that.

    :lol: I beginning to be able to relate to that.
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    It is most likely maple velvet erineum gall then....

    It is most likely maple velvet erineum gall then. Velvet (felt-like) texture is diagnostic.
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    You don't need to worry about the wood too much,...

    You don't need to worry about the wood too much, but probably should move the dog before you pour the cement. :D
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    Hard to tell from the photos, but I'd say EITHER...

    Hard to tell from the photos, but I'd say EITHER maple gall mites (most likely maple velvet erineum gall--silver maple is a common host), some type of fungus, or a Mg deficiency (in that order). Get...
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    I've seen that done, also with vanilla beans and...

    I've seen that done, also with vanilla beans and other things. They seem to hold up fine from what I've observed. It'll add to the flavoring slowly for a while at least.
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    We've been doing some testing of this. What...

    We've been doing some testing of this. What seems to work (at least for us) is to heat up the syrup, put the material to be infused into the syrup (fresh ground coffee in your case) into a SS sieve...
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    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspectio...

    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/maple/ontap/ontap-1214a4.htm
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    I have seen it (CBD-infused maple syrup) on the...

    I have seen it (CBD-infused maple syrup) on the shelves, and received a small bottle as a gift, but I've not tried it. Since CBD is an oil, it is quite difficult to infuse into maple syrup (oil has...
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    In conjunction with 2019 Vermont Maplerama,...

    In conjunction with 2019 Vermont Maplerama, Westford Sugarworks will host a daylong series of hands-on forestry related clinics led by Vermont County Foresters Rick Dyer (Lamoille County) and Ethan...
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    Those were the recommended numbers...up to about...

    Those were the recommended numbers...up to about 1990. We've learned a lot since that time.

    For 5/16" laterals ON A VACUUM PUMP, the rule of thumb is "strive for five, no more than 10." That...
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    https://www.buschvacuum.com/us/en/products/r-5/r-5...

    https://www.buschvacuum.com/us/en/products/r-5/r-5-ra/r-5-ra-0025-0040-f

    How many taps you talking? How "leaky" is your tubing system?

    If it is a used pump, you'd want to know what it was used...
  22. One other thing...if your cellphone coverage is...

    One other thing...if your cellphone coverage is weak is spotty, a metal roof can kill it or make it worse. Every now and then my phone gps will put me in Indiana or Columbia, South America. ;)
  23. Metal roofing over shingles isn't a problem as...

    Metal roofing over shingles isn't a problem as long as the roof can take the additional load (not likely a problem). You may need to trim some of the shingles if they are curled/cupped really badly,...
  24. I think we're all a bit frustrated by it, however...

    I think we're all a bit frustrated by it, however it is the best we have (even knowing there are some problems with it). It will require a little more effort and cooperation from producers for it to...
  25. Yup...people are afraid of this right up until...

    Yup...people are afraid of this right up until the time they NEED help, and then they find they can't get it, because, technically, you don't exist (because you haven't reported).

    An example of...
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