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    Artic fox, I believe that one of your questions...

    Artic fox, I believe that one of your questions was where to buy 5 gallon jugs. I know that Leader sells 5 gallon blue hot pack containers so the other manufacturers probably do too. Try Bascons...
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    Dr. Tim, that's just funny. But yes, I did. I was...

    Dr. Tim, that's just funny. But yes, I did. I was talking to a technician at a farm a few months ago and he suggested using the ball out of a milk line trap. Apparently the older milk line traps will...
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    Sugar shack is about 550, sugar bush ranges from...

    Sugar shack is about 550, sugar bush ranges from 620 to 980.
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    I use the same method that Glenn used. I have...

    I use the same method that Glenn used. I have gone up to 10 loops before flipping the roll over but only when I am working on steeper slopes and fiddling around can make me slip. It works really...
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    I wonder if a small amount of distilled water...

    I wonder if a small amount of distilled water from a mustard type squirt bottle would have any negative affect on the cleanliness and longevity of the tap hole.but gbeneke is right, just one more...
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    Call Ray. If anyone would be able to help, it's...

    Call Ray. If anyone would be able to help, it's him
    (440) 422-3047. Let it ring, it will eventually get to his answering machine
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    Dr. Tim, does that mean that it has a singular...

    Dr. Tim, does that mean that it has a singular root system?
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    I have come up with a few questions concerning...

    I have come up with a few questions concerning 5/16" drops used with 3/16" laterals. The first, I understand that the use of 5/16" tubing for drops is to reduce the amount of sap re-entering the tree...
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    if your question was to me, I tapped Feb. 8th &...

    if your question was to me, I tapped Feb. 8th & 9th last year.
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    http://mapletrader.com/community/showthread.php?35...

    http://mapletrader.com/community/showthread.php?35762-Refrigerated-bulk-tanks-value

    Dr Tim shared a chart that contains freezing point of concentrate on the attached thread.
  11. Your plan to replace the roof will prevent the...

    Your plan to replace the roof will prevent the rain inside your sugar shack. The problem will move to between the plywood and the tin. The water shield will help but because the plywood on one side...
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    A refractometer will tell sugar content with only...

    A refractometer will tell sugar content with only a couple drops of sap.
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    I followed this"rule of thumb" last year and will...

    I followed this"rule of thumb" last year and will not make that mistake again. I believe at one time in history, that rule may have been applicable, but not with the weather of recent times.
    Last...
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    Dr. Tim, doesn't location play a factor as well?...

    Dr. Tim, doesn't location play a factor as well? For example, earlier in this thread Nova Scotia was mentioned with making syrup into May but here in central Pennsylvania, I have not made any syrup...
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    I love having an insulated sugar shack, the...

    I love having an insulated sugar shack, the concentrate setting for a day or more does not have to same affection for a warm work area. It is definitely more comfortable but makes concentrate turn...
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    gbeneke, how well does the electrical tape work...

    gbeneke, how well does the electrical tape work with the vacuum? Does it seal well in the cold? I have typically had a difficult time with electrical tape sticking when it is cold but if it is in a...
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    I have been cleaning my 3/16" tubing with white...

    I have been cleaning my 3/16" tubing with white vinegar then star-san sanitizer for 3 years. Vinegar after pulling the taps then sanitizer before tapping the next season.

    I have tried calcium...
  18. Best advice I have been given is from Snooky....

    Best advice I have been given is from Snooky. Actually he was being specific about when I had ordered my first RO and we talked about how there would be an incident that would be inevitable where I...
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    Merry Christmas everyone. Hope the next maple...

    Merry Christmas everyone. Hope the next maple season is everything that you want it to be.
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    Sorry, I missed this question. Yes, we have tried...

    Sorry, I missed this question. Yes, we have tried it and it is delicious. Over vanilla ice cream it tastes like Bailey's Irish cream. And at our last 2 showes we sold out by mid-day. We are also...
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    It sounds and looks like the heating elements...

    It sounds and looks like the heating elements used are from a hot water heater and some of those have a high temp cutoff. Those cutoffs are typically set at 180 to 185 degrees. There are elements...
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    Shaggy acres, what is the difference in elevation...

    Shaggy acres, what is the difference in elevation from your lowest tap to the collection tank? You want 35' of elevation drop from the lowest tap before you change to 5/16" tubing or enter a mainline...
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    I am hoping that others will comment here but in...

    I am hoping that others will comment here but in my experience, red maple will simply stop flowing before the sap goes buddy.
  24. buckeye, your scenario will work if you elevate...

    buckeye, your scenario will work if you elevate your laterals over your drive as long as you have taps downhill of the drive to create vacuum. The "suction" created by the 10' to 15' down grade of...
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    Just me personally, if it is typically bloomed...

    Just me personally, if it is typically bloomed out in February and the weather is good now, I would tap now. You never know what the weather will be like in a month.
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