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  1. Thank you very much.

    Thank you very much.
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    Natural oils tend to not work as well as...

    Natural oils tend to not work as well as synthetic defoamers, resulting in higher amounts being added to accomplish the same amount of foam reduction. This can cause an oily sheen on top of syrup, as...
  3. Hoping that you feel a little improvement every...

    Hoping that you feel a little improvement every day.
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    I am not aware of anyone using a nitrogen blanket...

    I am not aware of anyone using a nitrogen blanket for SAP storage. It is used by some of the very large packers for SYRUP storage. Nitrogen is introduced into the top of bulk silo tanks to retard...
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    A very cheap and effective bit stop is a piece of...

    A very cheap and effective bit stop is a piece of 5/16" tubing cut to the proper length and slipped over the drill bit, leaving 2" of bit exposed for tapping.
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    With a smallish pan it may not make sense to try...

    With a smallish pan it may not make sense to try to preserve the gradient. Simplest solution would be to just draw off some near-syrup near the end of the boil, then once you start-up the next day,...
  7. Well put Ken.

    Well put Ken.
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    Preliminary research suggests that warm falls and...

    Preliminary research suggests that warm falls and dry summers are associated to some degree with lower sugar content in the spring. Trees have to maintain their living tissues later in the fall when...
  9. Paraformaldehyde (PFA) was used in the maple...

    Paraformaldehyde (PFA) was used in the maple industry as a taphole sanitizer. It was a small, white pellet about the size of an aspirin or slightly larger. It prevented microbes from initiating the...
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    My professional opinion, after decades of...

    My professional opinion, after decades of research, is trees (like people) can sometimes do odd things, and that sometimes a few individuals can be just plain weird. You'll find that it is often hard...
  11. Thread: preheater

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    Aluminum is no longer considered acceptable for...

    Aluminum is no longer considered acceptable for prolonged sap contact by the maple equipment manufacturers association. It could be used as a hood if the condensate didn't drip back into the...
  12. Yes, but then they may lose 1.8 million taps on...

    Yes, but then they may lose 1.8 million taps on Crown Land due to the new diameter restriction of 24 cm (9.4 inches).
    ...
  13. Regulations and recommendations vary somewhat,...

    Regulations and recommendations vary somewhat, but tend to say things like:

    "food-grade",
    "water potable", or
    "suitable for the intended use"
  14. From the staining, it appears that...

    From the staining, it appears that paraformaldehyde might have been used.
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    There are a number of different combinations that...

    There are a number of different combinations that COULD be made. What variants are actually made will depend upon the manufacturer and distributor(s) of these spouts and fittings. I'm not involved...
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    The original design of the spout we used in...

    The original design of the spout we used in testing from 2018-2022 was a straight-through spout simply for ease in prototyping (simplest to machine out of polycarbonate as opposed to...
  17. Correct, no political talk. Regardless of how...

    Correct, no political talk. Regardless of how you feel about it, this money is available to those who wish to take advantage of the opportunity. For those who don't, then don't apply.
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    Sure are. That is the way they are designed to...

    Sure are. That is the way they are designed to function. Having a shorter barrel means less gripping surface of the spout barrel inside the taphole. This would make them more subject to heaving or...
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    Hopefully this link works...

    Hopefully this link works https://photos.app.goo.gl/RkiKT2cTsutzQMq2A
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    Not sure why. Will work on it. There is no...

    Not sure why. Will work on it.



    There is no reason why the barb or the arc-flow could not be incorporated into a CV spout or adapter.



    The major drawback to Sharkbite and John Guest style...
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    UVM Spout and fittings

    During my presentation this past Saturday at the North American Maple Syrup Council meeting in Wisconsin I introduced some new fittings that Wade Bosley and I (UVM PMRC) have developed and tested...
  22. For Vermont Producers Impacted by Covid from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture

    The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is excited to announce that the ARPA Funded Primary Producer Grant Opportunity is now open. Please help us spread the word by sharing this opportunity through...
  23. The answer probably ranges from NO to VERY...

    The answer probably ranges from NO to VERY LITTLE.

    I actually have a dataset that encompasses a large number of meteorological variables (average monthly temps, precipitation, drought, snowfall,...
  24. Spotted Lanternfly and Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry - Webinar Nov 16

    There will be a free webinar on November 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM titled Spotted Lanternfly and the Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry.

    Extension Educator Brian Walsh will discuss what is...
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    https://m.youtube.com/shorts/d9oND2YzqAk ...

    https://m.youtube.com/shorts/d9oND2YzqAk

    https://m.youtube.com/shorts/sKVKTdwV1e4
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