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    August Journal

    Well it's August 11th and time to start the monthly journal. I haven't been up to much sugaring releated other than cleaning the RO room and selling a little syrup.

    My dad is 95 and we moved him...
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    n8hutch and his family stopped by for a visit...

    n8hutch and his family stopped by for a visit yesterday afternoon. It was nice to see Nate again and to show off my sugar house. His son really liked my tractors. I have a wheel off of the doodlebug...
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    I've been lurking but not posting. Syrup has been...

    I've been lurking but not posting. Syrup has been selling well and I'm glad that I made some dark this year. I've got an order for 300, 50ml gallone jugs to fill this weekend. I hope that it isn't as...
  4. If they are new containers you don't need to wash...

    If they are new containers you don't need to wash them first.
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    You can use any grade of syrup as long as the...

    You can use any grade of syrup as long as the invert sugar is right. I find that sugar, candy and cream made with dark syrup tastes better but doesn't look as nice.
  6. Two years ago I bought a WF Mason AOF/AUF arch...

    Two years ago I bought a WF Mason AOF/AUF arch for my 2x6. Last year I added a second tower to my RO upgrading it from a 125 to a 250. This year I ordered a full bank Wes Fab 7" filter press with an...
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    You don't need a cupola but if you want your shed...

    You don't need a cupola but if you want your shed to look like a sugar house why not put one on? You should have something heat resistant under the evaporator. If you can, a concrete floor would be...
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    Clean the threads with a wire brush and use...

    Clean the threads with a wire brush and use mineral oil to keep them from rusting again.
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    Keep the plumbing as simple as possible. Label...

    Keep the plumbing as simple as possible. Label all valves so that you know what you are sending and where you're sending it to.

    Keep the RO room heated when the membrane(s) is/are in it and when...
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    It looks like elm to me too. They used to use...

    It looks like elm to me too. They used to use them for wagon wheel hubs because elm is hard to split. It's not good for lumber and isn't the best for firewood. I have a couple of them in my woods...
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    I made a rope and pulley system to open and close...

    I made a rope and pulley system to open and close my cupola doors. One end of the rope is attached to the door and runs through a pulley and the other end is attached to the sugar house wall. The...
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    I'm selling my hand pump filter press and have...

    I'm selling my hand pump filter press and have ordered a Wes Fab 7" full stack press with an air pump. This will be the third year in a row that I have spent $2,000 or more on improvements and...
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    That's pretty sweet!

    That's pretty sweet!
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    When I did single pass concentration I would get...

    When I did single pass concentration I would get 8% with the concentrate flow at .75 gpm and the high pressure just under 500 psi. I then changed to doing multiple passes. With the pressure at 300...
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    The acid in the vinegar will make the plates...

    The acid in the vinegar will make the plates oxidize more so don't do that. I use Scotch Brite pads and hot water to clean mine and it makes them look like new.
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    I have a Turbo 125 that I bought new in 2004 for...

    I have a Turbo 125 that I bought new in 2004 for the 2005 season. It is a good size RO for 300 taps. I have over 700. I punished my RO for many seasons and it took the punishment and came back for...
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    Hi Josh, The air pump that I used on my press was...

    Hi Josh, The air pump that I used on my press was a Yamada aluminum body pump with buna/nitrile diaphragms and check balls. I don't remember how many years I used it, I'm thinking that it was close...
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    Yes that is okay, I do the same as well as other...

    Yes that is okay, I do the same as well as other producers. You can control the cleanliness of those and know that they were only used for syrup storage.
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    Any syrup that I sell retail goes out in a new...

    Any syrup that I sell retail goes out in a new jug or bottle with a new cap. I would never reuse a jug that was returned to me from a customer.
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    I made mine with 1" manifolds and 3/8" tubes. The...

    I made mine with 1" manifolds and 3/8" tubes. The 1" manifolds transition into a 1 1/2" PVC air supply pipe. I think 3/4" manifolds will work but think that 1/2" tubes, if that's what you're...
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    A stock 2x8 should get around 40 to 50 gph...

    A stock 2x8 should get around 40 to 50 gph whether it's wood or oil fired. What were you quoted that it would do? What it's doing looks about like what it should do without modifications to me.
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    The manifold would melt if you made it out of...

    The manifold would melt if you made it out of pvc. My pvc supply pipes which are outside of the pans are warped from the heat that rises off of the side of the arch and pans.

    Soldering isn't that...
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    I've been tapping the same number of trees for...

    I've been tapping the same number of trees for enough years to see that I'm getting consistent sap yields year after year without washing my tubing. I just use a new CV2 spout every year.
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    I started tapping those woods a few years later...

    I started tapping those woods a few years later and the tubing was still there. Needless to say, I removed it! When I stopped tapping those woods myself the only thing that I left behind were the...
  25. After doing more research I decided to get the...

    After doing more research I decided to get the Wes Fab 7" full stack press with a 1/2" air diaphragm pump. I ordered it today.
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