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    we put our mail, newspaper and cash or checks...

    we put our mail, newspaper and cash or checks received in the oven 275 degrees for 10 minutes.
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    We use this automatic trap. Kills about 20 of...

    We use this automatic trap. Kills about 20 of them before you need a new CO2 cylinder. Finding the right location and keeping it baited are important too. Probably cheaper to buy ammo but takes...
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    We added electrical capacity to our sugar house...

    We added electrical capacity to our sugar house by running another cable parallel to the old one with a junction box at each end of the cable run. That way both the old cable and new cable share the...
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    Our neighbors allowed someone to tap their trees...

    Our neighbors allowed someone to tap their trees back in the 1950s. A few years ago they asked us to mow down the brush coming up in their back fields. There is a row of big old sugar maples on the...
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    We are fortunate to be able to take time off our...

    We are fortunate to be able to take time off our other work to focus on the maple production. Most of our time is spent in the woods particularly in the beginning of the season.
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    looks like our season is about over. Trees are...

    looks like our season is about over. Trees are slowing down, syrup flavor is getting stronger and no more freezing in the forecast. We tapped Feb 2nd and 3rd. 2,300 taps this year. Made 120...
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    Try a citric acid soak then soap wash. That can...

    Try a citric acid soak then soap wash. That can help sometimes.
  8. Outside In Podcast "The Forest For The Treesap"

    his great podcast now has this on maple syrup.

    http://outsideinradio.org/shows/2018/6/7/the-forest-for-the-treesap
  9. Thread: 2018 Bulk Price

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    In New Hampshire The Dept. of Ag requests that...

    In New Hampshire The Dept. of Ag requests that all sugar makers register with the state. This is not required. Inspections by the state happen if you voluntarily enroll in the NH Seal of Quality...
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    After having loose caps and spoiled syrup in some...

    After having loose caps and spoiled syrup in some of our glass maple leaf bottles we now heat the bottles to 100 degrees or so before filling once they are full we screw on the caps by hand and stand...
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    Here's an article about someone turning waste...

    Here's an article about someone turning waste agricultural plastic into diesel fuel in Groveton NH. I don't know much more than the article says....
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    I assume that the frozen sap not only pushes the...

    I assume that the frozen sap not only pushes the fittings away from each other but it expands the inside diameter of the tubing as well.

    We are not experiencing push offs now even though the...
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    18297 It seems for whatever reason the sap has...

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    It seems for whatever reason the sap has continued to run from the tree after the spout/tubing has frozen. As the sap freezes it expands and it has to go somewhere. It pushes spouts out of...
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    Lots of hanging drop lines here too! The stubby...

    Lots of hanging drop lines here too! The stubby pops off the CV. 15 to 20 every day. A real pain in the legs. We've been using CV1s for years this is first year with some CV2s. Had this problem...
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    We're certified organic so can't use Atmos. We...

    We're certified organic so can't use Atmos. We used to use organic canola but switched to organic safflower after Henry Marcres commented on the canola flavor in our syrup. The safflower seems to...
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    Yes you pry out the metal ring that fits in a...

    Yes you pry out the metal ring that fits in a groove in the bottom of the vessel. The ring is probably made up of two or three pieces.
  17. I have drafted a reply that could be published in...

    I have drafted a reply that could be published in response and sent it to the NH maple producers directors. I hope they choose to use some of what I wrote. I think it's important to present a...
  18. Thread: syrup freeze?

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    not likely. you will see some ice crystals but...

    not likely. you will see some ice crystals but lots of syrup between them.
  19. 400% more sap using vacuum harms trees and makes poor quality syrup?

    This article in the Concord Monitor written by our neighbor seems to have been written out of concern for the maple industry but the author should have checked her facts before discrediting the...
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    Remember most any oil can go rancid and taste...

    Remember most any oil can go rancid and taste really bad! Best to keep it refrigerated and taste it before you use it especially if you have some left over from last year.
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    As far as I know the oil just has to be certified...

    As far as I know the oil just has to be certified organic. Not required to use any particular kind.
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    Best Tasting Oil For Organic Defoamer

    We've been making certified organic syrup for 10 years and have been using certified organic canola oil as a defoamer. This year we will experiment with other oils because we don't really like the...
  23. Thread: MES releaser

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    We used uniseals on a 6 year old home made...

    We used uniseals on a 6 year old home made releaser with no trouble.
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    We ended up running a 2" vacuum line 2,000' to...

    We ended up running a 2" vacuum line 2,000' to the 3/4 hp electric releaser and pumping the sap back with a two horse 3 phase pump controlled by a Variable Frequency Drive. The VFD soft starts the...
  25. Leader had D&G make ROs for them for many years. ...

    Leader had D&G make ROs for them for many years. I think many parts are interchangeable. I got a pressure pump from them several years ago. They had an exchange program. I had a problem with a...
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