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    Does anyone own a 9" CDL Vacuum Filter?

    If so, what vacuum are you using on it? And how much syrup can you get through before having to change the filters? I've heard they are out of stock right now, is that because of high demand?
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    Nothing wrong with putting in a little extra...

    Nothing wrong with putting in a little extra elbow grease. But if you want to upgrade to SS in the future, there are some expensive routes and some cheaper ones. I just paid $200 for a custom 18x36...
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    Tap when you see plenty of upper 30 degree days...

    Tap when you see plenty of upper 30 degree days in the forecast. Sap won't flow when the temps are just hovering around freezing.
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    I was able to increase the throughput by...

    I was able to increase the throughput by switching from 3x 150gpd membranes to 2x 400gpd membranes. I am using the 400gpd pump from...
  5. I'd suggest you decide how much money you want to...

    I'd suggest you decide how much money you want to spend on this hobby before you start. You can go cheap and inefficient and store your syrup in mason jars, or you can go nuts and buy expensive an...
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    Does the thickness of your pan play a role? I...

    Does the thickness of your pan play a role? I used buffet pans last year and they were probably 24 gauge. I would dump my boiling syrup into my finishing pan and set the buffet pan aside (off the...
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    I'm curious about this too. If it was a single...

    I'm curious about this too. If it was a single tree with a single stump, then did the original stump rot away to make room for 7 root systems or do they share the root system? I wonder if there is...
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    What do you think about this tree?

    Two of my neighbors share this silver maple that has 7 trunks. Each trunk is 15" diameter. Is this one tree or 7 trees? And I'm curious how this tree came about---perhaps it was cut down 50 years...
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    I thought about going electric after my first...

    I thought about going electric after my first year when I was boiling in my kitchen with a steam pan across 2 1800w burners and a middle 800w bridge burger. Total wattage is 4400w. It takes about...
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    jimmol, How has the Silver Creek 18x34 pan...

    jimmol,
    How has the Silver Creek 18x34 pan worked out for you over the past 2 years? I am looking to get that size because it will fit nicely on top of a pair of 16x16 gas burners.
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    Very nice. Thanks for that information. I look...

    Very nice. Thanks for that information. I look forward to your pictures and video. A few questions:
    -Was your filter setup one orlon + one pre-filter or something else?
    -What kind of gallon jars...
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    Have you tried adjusting the tabs? All 3 on mine...

    Have you tried adjusting the tabs? All 3 on mine have bolts that can be lengthened to adjust the tension.
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    Yes, just a few times. The only way I've found...

    Yes, just a few times. The only way I've found to make clear syrup is to filter multiple times.
    1) off the evaporator
    2) finish it, then add a little DE and send as much through until it clogs...
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    I have a 9" CDL vacuum filter and this 1.5 gallon...

    I have a 9" CDL vacuum filter and this 1.5 gallon 2.0 hp shop vac
    https://www.shopvac.com/product/shop-vac-1-5-gallon-2-0-peak-hp-hangon-wet-dry-vac-catnum:2030100

    I'd say get one with more...
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    Do you have the kit with 4x 400gpd membranes? ...

    Do you have the kit with 4x 400gpd membranes? 25-30 gallons per hour of raw sap resulting in 15 gallons per hour is what is listed on the website, so your results do seem low.
    what is the...
  16. I'm not quite following your question. While you...

    I'm not quite following your question. While you are boiling, check the brix with your hydrometer. At 211*F finished syrup is 59 brix. At that point, you have syrup so bottle it right away while...
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    I haven't finished the syrup yet but so far it...

    I haven't finished the syrup yet but so far it tastes sweet, no maple flavor. Since there is a chance it's edible, hopefully I can finish the batch tonight.
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    Buddy syrup vs commercial grade?

    Is buddy syrup the same thing as commercial grade? I collected some sap yesterday and now that it is closer to syrup, it has a popcorn smell. Apparently that means the trees have budded, so should...
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    I have seen this problem as well. I have an...

    I have seen this problem as well. I have an electric flat top stove and I typically use a buffet pan across 2 burners to finish 1-1.5 gallons at a time. I found that as the sap gets closer to...
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    I've had batches switch between amber and dark...

    I've had batches switch between amber and dark this year. The dark batches were the ones where the sap sat longer and was a little cloudy. Also when I scorched the sides of my pans, the syrup was...
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    It won't hurt to filter multiple times. ...

    It won't hurt to filter multiple times. Certainly try an extra pass off the evaporator when the syrup is still runny and hot and will pass through easily. That should get rid of a lot of niter and...
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    Great feedback. So just one prefilter? What...

    Great feedback. So just one prefilter? What kind of shop vac are you using?
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    Ok here is an update. I made 5 quarts today and...

    Ok here is an update. I made 5 quarts today and actually had what I'd call a success with the filtering process. I think Fred is right - this year is different. Seems like the niter is extra fine....
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    Do you add it to the entire batch before putting...

    Do you add it to the entire batch before putting syrup into the filter or add it once some syrup is sitting on top of the filter?
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    That's a nice little stove. I see it says "high...

    That's a nice little stove. I see it says "high pressure" propane. I think the regular grill tanks are "low pressure". I do not know the difference.
    Also you are going to burn a lot of propane so...
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