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    Southwest PA Tapping 2022

    Time to start the thread. Forecast looks like we might have a thaw and first runs Tuesday - Thursday. Very tempting to tap right before that.
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    I built my RO in a cooler that has a handle and...

    I built my RO in a cooler that has a handle and wheels.
    Its mobile and insulated (with a heater control) so I can leave it outside by my evaporator all season. It also has a level sensor to turn...
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    Anytime Gary! Those pumps can run dry and the...

    Anytime Gary! Those pumps can run dry and the pressure switch isn't really worth it in my opinion. The level sensor i used on my 2nd unit worked much better anyways. As for the 150 vs 400, no...
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    Merry Christmas to all and God bless!

    Merry Christmas to all and God bless!
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    I'm not familiar with that brand but I've had...

    I'm not familiar with that brand but I've had great luck with the Membrane Solutions brand. They recently asked me to partner with them and do a video review (will be posted in Jan) and are offering...
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    Yes consolidating in these smaller batches will...

    Yes consolidating in these smaller batches will yield lighter colored syrup. The hard part on a wood fired arch is lifting those all off and dumping them and refilling them without scorching pans or...
  7. Dr. Tim - is there much research on recirculation...

    Dr. Tim - is there much research on recirculation lines on small diaphragm pump vacuum systems and effect on yield?

    Does it increase yield? Decrease yield? No statistical significance?
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    Anytime! Yes - its an enclosure that I put the...

    Anytime! Yes - its an enclosure that I put the power supply in and added a switch and those cheap temp controllers. In retrospect I would simplify things a bit and remove the gfci outlet from within...
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    I built a manifold using push connect fittings...

    I built a manifold using push connect fittings and 3/8 OD poly tubing. I have 3/8 x 1/4 tees with 1/4 valves on each line and used 3/16 barb x 1/4 stem fittings found at freshwatersystems.com....
  10. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Not sure you pan order/numbering, but you want to...

    Not sure you pan order/numbering, but you want to transfer out of a pan before transferring into it. Otherwise you are adding lower density sap to it before transferring to the next pan and losing...
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    In theory the boiling point increases and...

    In theory the boiling point increases and evaporation rate slightly decreases as sugar concentration increases. Not anything you will notice as others have said.

    You don't need to wait to get...
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    Inkbird ITC-1000F 2 Stage Temperature Controller*...

    Inkbird ITC-1000F 2 Stage Temperature Controller* https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R46D44T/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_NKVAX7Y204EAW2Y50G8A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    WeiMeet 2 Pack Aluminum Heat Sink ...
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    Yes boil the concentrate as soon as possible and...

    Yes boil the concentrate as soon as possible and store it as cold as possible if you will have slight delays in boiling. You are concentrating both the sugar the bacteria feeds on and the bacteria...
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    Just one pump is all you need. You can use...

    Just one pump is all you need. You can use either the aquatec or a coronwater pump. The aquatec is decent for smaller setups like my original build. The coronwater has a higher flowrate at 100 psi...
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    It will cut boil time and wood use in half. You...

    It will cut boil time and wood use in half. You can run it outside but you do not want to let the membranes freeze. It would damage them.

    You should have capacity for half of your sap for the...
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    $1100. Going to 7 inch vs 5 and all stainless...

    $1100. Going to 7 inch vs 5 and all stainless vs. Aluminum for about $300 more was the driver for me.
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    I absolutley love the smokylake stainless...

    I absolutley love the smokylake stainless filterpress with the hand diaphragm pump. Stainless > than aluminum. Hand diaphragm pump > than gear pump (less lost syrup)
  18. You won't have enough volume in the line from a...

    You won't have enough volume in the line from a single tap to create the natural vacuum. As others have stated, you need multiple taps (connected with ~32" drops lines to a tee) on a single 3/16...
  19. All double size steam pans deeper than 4 inches...

    All double size steam pans deeper than 4 inches have been discontinued by the manufacturers. There is some availability in Europe, UK and Italy, but shipping makes it not worth it.

    You are...
  20. Thread: My plan

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    Or use a guzzler 400-h diaphragm hand pump. They...

    Or use a guzzler 400-h diaphragm hand pump. They are awesome and you can just move from barrel to barrel with it. They get 7 - 10 gpm with 5 - 7 strokes per gallon. Very easy/nice to use.
  21. The best thing to use to clean your pans is...

    The best thing to use to clean your pans is distilled white vinegar. You can dilute with water (or not) and heat it up and let it soak. That will remove all kinds of nitre build up, minor scorching...
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    I built a manifold using push connect fittings...

    I built a manifold using push connect fittings and 3/8 OD poly tubing. I have 3/8 x 1/4 tees with 1/4 valves on each line and used 3/16 barb x 1/4 stem fittings found at freshwatersystems.com. ...
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    You can build a vacuum filter for pretty cheap. ...

    You can build a vacuum filter for pretty cheap. Works far better than gravity / cone filters. Key is to use diatomaceous earth with the right filter papers.

    I built one and it worked great but...
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    Looks great

    Looks great
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    Can you shift the exhaust port back? If not,...

    Can you shift the exhaust port back?

    If not, you could raise that last pan a few inches or use a shallower depth pan (keeping the bottom up higher than the others). Could probably achieve that...
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