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    The maple has always been a hobby for me. I paid...

    The maple has always been a hobby for me. I paid for everything with syrup sales and never looked at it as a profit making venture. When I added on to my sugar house and repaired and upgraded my RO...
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    Maybe research membrane types and find some that...

    Maybe research membrane types and find some that can handle the chloramine. If there is such a thing and the price is reasonable it's another option.
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    When you put your new taps on in the fall just...

    When you put your new taps on in the fall just let them hang.
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    I been using the CV2's since they came out and...

    I been using the CV2's since they came out and have never had any of them crack or break. How hard are you driving them in?
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    Looks like quill pig to me.

    Looks like quill pig to me.
  6. If you only get 100 gallons of sap on a small run...

    If you only get 100 gallons of sap on a small run you're probably looking at 4 hours boiling time with the 2x6. I'd keep the 2x6 and add vacuum if you want more sap. If the mostly reds is on the...
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    The raw sap when I got those numbers was 1.4%. I...

    The raw sap when I got those numbers was 1.4%. I only single pass like that when I've got a small amount of sap to add to a larger amount that I've already sweetened.
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    A smaller professional RO like my Lapierre 250...

    A smaller professional RO like my Lapierre 250 Turbo will do 13% +/- in a single pass. I set the concentrate to .5 gpm and the high pressure 400 psi. It would cost as much or more to build an RO...
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    Absolutely! If it's destined for the wood pile...

    Absolutely! If it's destined for the wood pile get as much sap out of it as you can before you cut it down.
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    I'm one of those guys that taps 8" trees. I also...

    I'm one of those guys that taps 8" trees. I also tap mostly red maples and consider clusters of trees that grow out of one root ball to be culls. In a cluster like that if one or two trees are 8" or...
  11. Last year I removed some plastic jugs of golden...

    Last year I removed some plastic jugs of golden from my shelves that was almost 4 years old and repacked it in a drum to bring to Bruce. Every one of them tasted as good as it did the day that it was...
  12. As long as it's not in direct sunlight it will...

    As long as it's not in direct sunlight it will still be good until well after the pandemic is over.
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    Make sure that you get all of the Simple Green...

    Make sure that you get all of the Simple Green out of them before you use them. Leave them open to the air and the vinegar smell should go away before you're ready to use them.
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    Happy Easter everyone!

    Happy Easter everyone!
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    Make it so that the bottom of the pan is exposed...

    Make it so that the bottom of the pan is exposed to the flames but not the sides. That will keep sap from burning onto the sides and darkening the syrup.
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    I'm glad that you had a good season. How was the...

    I'm glad that you had a good season. How was the grade? Mine was mostly dark with some borderline very dark. It's the first time that I haven't made any golden or amber since 2013.
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    You don't need to completely fill your wash tank....

    You don't need to completely fill your wash tank. I put 10 gallons in mine, add the acid and check the ph after it has circulated for 10 minutes or so. I add more acid if needed and let it circulate...
  18. Do you have a final gallon total? From what...

    Do you have a final gallon total? From what you've posted it looks like you made a lot of syrup.

    The second pass on my 250 slows down too but it still puts out close to 200 gph of 18%. I love the...
  19. I use a 325 gallon tank behind an International...

    I use a 325 gallon tank behind an International 454. I travel a rough road and the sloshing isn't an issue. My trailer has really stiff springs on it and can take the weight. If your trailer does...
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    My season usually ends because I run out of...

    My season usually ends because I run out of weather, not buds or off flavors. It looks like the fat lady is warming up her vocalizer!
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    Looks like you might make it to the end but it's looking like that RO needs a good cleaning. Hang in there Parker.
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    I ran 3 soap wash cycles on mine and did the...

    I ran 3 soap wash cycles on mine and did the final rinse for the season. For the second year in a row my flows never dropped off so I didn't do an acid wash. I'm not sorry that I called it a season...
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    I drain my flue pan and fill it with water. I...

    I drain my flue pan and fill it with water. I keep the garden hose handy to top up the flue pan as needed. I put my finisher pan on top of my front pan and fill it with the concentrate from the flue...
  24. Mike I bought a Yamada 1/2" pump for my hand pump...

    Mike I bought a Yamada 1/2" pump for my hand pump press. I don't remember the model number but do remember that it had Teflon diaphragms. I have since replaced that press with a larger press that...
  25. If you are buying a brand new press get one with...

    If you are buying a brand new press get one with a diaphragm pump on it. Gear pumps are being phased out and a press with a diaphragm pump will be easier to sell when it's time to upgrade again. I...
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