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  1. I didn't think I could get whiplash at my laptop....

    I didn't think I could get whiplash at my laptop. What just happened there?

    Andy, demand has generally exceeded supply with maple in recent years. The markets keep expanding. With the off year...
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    That IS really good. It answers a lot of...

    That IS really good. It answers a lot of questions I get from customers - and does a better job of it. Thanks for sharing that.
  3. Thread: maple seeds

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    Thanks for reviving this thread. I think it's...

    Thanks for reviving this thread. I think it's good to return with result when we speculate on cause/effect. I had a slightly heavier than normal seed year and my sap averaged 2.0% until the final...
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    Grade it to whatever the "lower" of the two...

    Grade it to whatever the "lower" of the two criteria are. If you have Golden colored syrup, but it tastes Amber then it is Amber. If you have Golden tasting syrup, but its color is Amber, then it's...
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    That's what I do. With the RO, my boils are 2-3...

    That's what I do. With the RO, my boils are 2-3 hours. It's more effective to clean the pan between boils. Before the RO, boils were 8, 10, 12 hours depending on the run. That's when I wanted a...
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    Wow! That's incredible.

    Wow! That's incredible.
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    Challenging, but only first time or two you do...

    Challenging, but only first time or two you do it. It doesn't take much of a fire to just have the front pan boiling. Use smaller wood as you get closer to the end and the heat is much easier to...
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    I feel the same way about vac setups. You really...

    I feel the same way about vac setups. You really can't field test it until you have a good run going. I'm wondering if you could mix sugar with a barrel of water. 2% of 55 gallons is 1.1 gallons...
  9. That's got scam written all over it. The last...

    That's got scam written all over it.

    The last time I bought a tote was from:

    IBC Totes, Barrels, and More
    440 Chestnut Street
    Gardner, MA 01440

    Christoher Kyprianos - 978-632-4900,...
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    Something else I've wondered about with my flow...

    Something else I've wondered about with my flow rates is with the valve wide open. It only goes to about 4.6 or 4.8. I would expect it to be pinned with max flow over the membrane. The high...
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    I have a Deer Run 250. My best rate with clean...

    I have a Deer Run 250. My best rate with clean sap and good temps on a first pass is C= 1.0, P=2.4.

    Thanks for starting this thread. I'm always wondering if I'm getting the most out of my RO. ...
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    I picked up a lot of great tips from that video...

    I picked up a lot of great tips from that video when it first came out and I think it has made a huge difference in my yields. One of the things he does at the 20:00 mark is sanitize old drops with...
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    I get it down to 0%, but my issue is that it gets...

    I get it down to 0%, but my issue is that it gets there very quickly. Too quickly? The directions for my RO say to flush for 2-4 min, but I hit 0% after about 1 minute.
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    Thanks everyone for the input. I ran the filter...

    Thanks everyone for the input. I ran the filter press tonight and I think I was successful. I used the steps I mentioned above - though I have to figure out how to manage the space around the...
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    You know, I was considering drilling it out. It's...

    You know, I was considering drilling it out. It's so close. I was going to use the copper/brass? ring that came with it. I didn't know it could cause damage. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Ok, this is all great info. I had originally...

    Ok, this is all great info. I had originally planned this out for filtering at the end of a boil. Those nights, I'll have 3 gallons of already hot syrup in a bucket that I can use to charge the...
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    Ok, thanks for that. Tomorrow I'll be filtering...

    Ok, thanks for that. Tomorrow I'll be filtering about 11-12 gallons. It's really cold out there. If I heat 3 gallons to prime the press, the rest will be cold when I add it to the pot/finisher and...
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    Compression Fitting for Thermometer Probe

    I have a 1/4" threaded port for a short-stem thermometer on my bottler. I'd like to put one of my digital thermometer probes in its place and I'm having a heck of a time finding one that fits.
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    Pre-coating the Filter Press

    The directions for my press say (and I've read here) to pre-coat or charge the filter press with 3 gallons of syrup or hot water and DE. Is that only if I'm filtering as I draw off?

    If I'm batch...
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    I'm probably being too soft on the initial tap. ...

    I'm probably being too soft on the initial tap. I tap (click-click-click) until it turns to a (tunk-tunk) and the hammer bounces off it more. It's a mix of feel and sound for me. How far is the...
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    I should have been more clear. I use the CV2s -...

    I should have been more clear. I use the CV2s - the single piece tap. Thanks for the feedback.
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    That's interesting. The end-of-year procedure...

    That's interesting. The end-of-year procedure for a Deer Run RO is soap wash, acid wash, soap wash (with rinses, of course). Then a soap wash and rinse before starting the season.
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    I thought I'd update this topic with my results. ...

    I thought I'd update this topic with my results. The 4048 was on back order, so took a flier on a 5059 and I can officially say, it's the shizzle. When I tested the box before putting it out, it...
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    Reseting CVs After a Freeze

    I have now had to reset (tap back in) my CVs twice since first tapping. That's typical for me. It seems after each hard freeze (temps in teens), they are popping out enough to wet the outside bark...
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    Things froze up solid here for the last week or...

    Things froze up solid here for the last week or so, so I haven't had a chance to use the new setup yet. I played with the layout and tested the burners. I stood on the 4-leg burner and it held my...
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