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  1. I took at peek over at robucket.com they use the...

    I took at peek over at robucket.com they use the following for their single post 4040 build

    3/4hp 110v electric motor (can be wired for 240v)
    190gph procon stainless pump (with adjustable...
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    Compared with years passed, our content was down....

    Compared with years passed, our content was down. Our normal sugar content puts us in the 40-48gal to 1, this season it was 66-67 to 1. it goes down in the book, and i'll compare again next season....
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    When we finally had too many pinholes in our 6x6...

    When we finally had too many pinholes in our 6x6 flat pan to seal up with burnt sugar, we broke down and built a 2x6 arch out of angle iron(with forced air), then drove 5 hours one way to buy used...
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    I have a cast base for a 6' wide arch and I also...

    I have a cast base for a 6' wide arch and I also have cast clean out doors for the back. i doubt they could be cut down through. maybe one day I can find them a home! lol
  5. How does your flow meter work on your recirc...

    How does your flow meter work on your recirc loop? do you have a one way valve on it? I considered adding one but i wondered how it would work with the potential for pressure going both...
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    Salute to the end of the season from Thorny...

    Salute to the end of the season from Thorny Bottom Sugar Works, it's like fireworks, lol.


    https://youtu.be/uQ-jt8wvldo
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    calling it, last boil today, the sap has that...

    calling it, last boil today, the sap has that unmistakable hint of bud. according to my records we collected about 3459gal of sap. I did a few spot checks on %, and it was about 2 mid season, but I...
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    I generally boil when i have 200 to 200 gallons...

    I generally boil when i have 200 to 200 gallons of sap, i have a 2x6 evaporator(Frankenstein). This year i built a 2 membrane 4x40 RO and the ro is pretty well matched with the evaporator. I start...
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    Had a little fire in the sugar house, but i'm...

    Had a little fire in the sugar house, but i'm back up and running. The forecast looks good for me too. I am at about 50 gallons of syrup now, hoping to make it to at least 75gal. Time to go...
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    freezing here now, I watched the temps slowly...

    freezing here now, I watched the temps slowly come down over the evening and let my vacuum pump run through the night. Looks like some good runs are possible over the weekend. i need to at least...
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    Did some fine tuning while running today, i think...

    Did some fine tuning while running today, i think i have the re-circulation dialed in. It ran up to 6% this evening moved 305 gallons through it and then boiled....just amazing.
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    Sorry to hear about your help, sometimes just...

    Sorry to hear about your help, sometimes just having another person around to talk to makes the work light.

    I have about 150 buckets out on mostly level ground, in addition to the taps on tubing...
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    I would say the bacterial growth would be at a...

    I would say the bacterial growth would be at a minimum, unless it smells or tastes funny I'd certainly boil it!
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    holding the start switch down is the solution i...

    holding the start switch down is the solution i am using on mine, but i don't have a microcontroller on mine, just a relay, and the well pressure switch.
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    Last run of the RO I went from just under 2 to...

    Last run of the RO I went from just under 2 to just over 4, single pass. I am setup for recirculation so the next time around I'll be tinkering with that. By my figuring it was able to do a little...
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    I have a "bounce" in my RO and it's just a relay...

    I have a "bounce" in my RO and it's just a relay between the feed and high pressure pump. Just a suggestion, but maybe you could do a counting loop once the pressure hits the right spot, that might...
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    I guess I should ask if it's a logic issue you...

    I guess I should ask if it's a logic issue you have or a sensor input issue?
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    No promises I can help but I have worked with...

    No promises I can help but I have worked with Arduino. There is anothwr guy on here too that might have more experience, he sells a barometric compensating drawoff.
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    The results are in, it works. I think I still...

    The results are in, it works. I think I still need to dial it in a little, I think going from 2 to 4% is pretty common for a 2 x4040 setup. any suggestions for improving performance are...
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    I purchased belts at Napa, we run a Surge Alamo...

    I purchased belts at Napa, we run a Surge Alamo with 2 belts, it has a fair bit of adjustment. Not sure about your setup, ours has slots instead of holes where the motor attaches so you can adjust...
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    We welded up an airtight door for our 2x6 arch,...

    We welded up an airtight door for our 2x6 arch, we still get a spark here and there, but we only have 12' of chimney, the blower does the rest. without a gasket on the door it would just blow fire,...
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    Today was the first use of my RO, and all i have...

    Today was the first use of my RO, and all i have to say is WOW. we were able to process 317 gal of raw sap, through the RO, feeding the 2x6 evaporator, and we were done in 4 hours.....what do i do...
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    Last season i replaced the tubing and hose barbs...

    Last season i replaced the tubing and hose barbs on the cylinder of my double mechanical releaser, i just used some flexible drop 5/16 tubing, worked like a charm. Also Molykote 111 to lube the...
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    IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!! and surprisingly no leaks. ...

    IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!! and surprisingly no leaks. Still need to run through the logic for the start and stop buttons and the relays, right now i just plug in the feed pump and when it builds to 45psi...
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    It was easier for me to use the ssr to make a...

    It was easier for me to use the ssr to make a switched receptical on the side of my control box. I had a laptop power supply to power the valve. I wonder how the AC vs DC affects operation?
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