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  1. WARNING ALL Hobby and small producers read- FDA registration

    Back when all this debate over registration started we were told so many different things about FDA registration that it was impossible to decide what to do. Being someone who desires to stay on the...
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    here's a formula for making up sanitizing...

    here's a formula for making up sanitizing solution

    gals of water x .0038 x desired ppm / active ingredient % (decimal) = total grams of product (calcium hypochloride powder) needed in water
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    You had a good Year and done well. The bad news...

    You had a good Year and done well. The bad news is the sap total usually falls off a little after the first year with new lines, no matter how well you clean. I have left the sap to ferment as a way...
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    Just a note from one of your southern...

    Just a note from one of your southern counterparts. All my syrup was darker this year, I never made any light and just a little medium and a lot of real dark, but it all has a great flavor profile
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    I looked at Kiot before I bought my Massey...

    I looked at Kiot before I bought my Massey Ferguson and I talked to an owner and they seem to be a good solid tractor. I couldn't get one for at least a couple months and I was wanting to trade my...
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    It will melt faster then you think. Drain off...

    It will melt faster then you think. Drain off melt and run new sap in. The stock tank heater is the best quick way. Once you get 1/3 to half melted just run new sap in and you have free cooling. With...
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    Redbean, look at the color. If it is just cloudy...

    Redbean, look at the color. If it is just cloudy or milky it'll probably be ok, but if it looks brownish or yellow toss it. Next see what it smells like cooking. Put some in a stock pot on a burner...
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    I mixed the solution yesterday, because it's...

    I mixed the solution yesterday, because it's granular and I can get it dissolved better if it soaks a day. I had planned on doing it today, but I had a burst waterline in the rental, so that derailed...
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    Done. Finished up yesterday with my sweet....

    Done. Finished up yesterday with my sweet. Washing and cleaning for the next few days. A fair to good season. My goal is 20 gallons and I made 16+. I could of made a couple more gallons, but all...
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    I have no complaints on my SL pan. It's 10 years...

    I have no complaints on my SL pan. It's 10 years old and been run like a runaway freight train. Still holding up and making good syrup. I lost a gasket one day and called SL and they send a gasket...
  11. I agree with everyone. once you get used to...

    I agree with everyone. once you get used to seeing normal flow, it's not hard to find leaks. There are many other things that will effect your vacuum, like fall.
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    good for you esetter. I am most likely calling it...

    good for you esetter. I am most likely calling it quits Wednesday March 2nd. Made enough syrup and just ready to quit. Sap is starting to cloud and syrup is all dark, so I'm ready to be done.
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    yup you are official now. Run your sap deeper and...

    yup you are official now. Run your sap deeper and move on as a pro. There are those who have burnt pans and those who are going to, those are the only two categories in syrup making.
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    Brush mine almost every day before i start with a...

    Brush mine almost every day before i start with a wire grill brush that fits between the flues. You won't get the shiny creosote but you'll get the soot
  15. Never in any world will I ever use cone final...

    Never in any world will I ever use cone final filters again. My experience is bad. Try smaller batches and like someone said it's cooling too fast. The whole cone needs to be inside a container and...
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    yeah, actually you should be able to stop at 245...

    yeah, actually you should be able to stop at 245 if I recall right. Have your water ready and soon as you hit temp add it and like you said be careful stirring or you'll have just what you said a...
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    It's a form of metabolism, you done nothing...

    It's a form of metabolism, you done nothing wrong. You can sometimes salvage it by heating to 250 degrees and then bringing back to proper density with distilled water.
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    Good run here also. My early taps are all but...

    Good run here also. My early taps are all but done (50 put out 1/4/22). So I am just getting sap from my 110 in the main woods. This warm weather is affecting gear. I washed tanks as I emptied them...
  19. When nothing else seems right trust the...

    When nothing else seems right trust the hydrometer, if your confident it's good. Most producers have two hydrometers, you should have a backup. Just test the syrup with both and see if they agree....
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    Big run today, 130 to 150 gallons. I fear this...

    Big run today, 130 to 150 gallons. I fear this warm weather will be the beginning of the end for me
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    Just run your sap a little deeper and you'll be...

    Just run your sap a little deeper and you'll be fine. I had an old divided flat pan like that and it made a lot of syrup. I used to run it about 1 1/4 -1 1/2 and after the warp 1 3/4 + and it done...
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    I'm not in Missouri, but I have had inconsistent...

    I'm not in Missouri, but I have had inconsistent flows too. I seen someone else say that as well. I was ready for a monster run last week and it never happened. I had one good day and and two...
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    Well most all the ice is gone and all the repairs...

    Well most all the ice is gone and all the repairs are made. Had a couple good runs this week and a couple small ones. I am up to 7.5 gallons and counting. Next week ought to be a good week. Sugar is...
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    I used to fight this as well and I finally...

    I used to fight this as well and I finally decided I needed to filter more. I now draw off through a cone prefilter at 215-216, then put on propane burner to finish, at 217-218 I run it through two...
  25. Your season is close to mine. I'm all 3/16 and my...

    Your season is close to mine. I'm all 3/16 and my lines aren't running big yet either.
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