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    After boiling, start to stir until...

    After boiling, start to stir until crystallization starts to occur. Then stop stirring and let it sit for a few minutes. Stir briefly. Let sit. Stir briefly. Etc. This will give the sugat...
  2. Thread: Mes

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    I have 1 on 5500 with 2 pumps. Works great and...

    I have 1 on 5500 with 2 pumps. Works great and when I bought it theirs was the best price
  3. Thread: Ticks

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    I guess I forgot to finish my tick ramblings. ...

    I guess I forgot to finish my tick ramblings. Yes, permethrin is awesome. After the infamous weekend of 82 ticks on me I purchased some permethrin. Sprayed it pants and shirt. I did not have a...
  4. Thread: Ticks

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    I've been sugaring for 30 years. Maybe 7 or 8...

    I've been sugaring for 30 years. Maybe 7 or 8 years ago we would pull the occasional tick off the dog never saw one on me or anyone else. 2 years ago we purchased 80 acres and started setting up...
  5. Thread: Gusher

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    Yup. Good run. 5.2 gpt total for 54 hours. 1.4...

    Yup. Good run. 5.2 gpt total for 54 hours. 1.4 sugar content.
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    Same here. When the reds are done so are the...

    Same here. When the reds are done so are the sugars
  7. Thread: Poor man's vacuum

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    Do you have a vacuum gauge on the line. It would...

    Do you have a vacuum gauge on the line. It would interesting to know how much vacuum you're getting.
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    Our hood sits roughly 18 inches over 5x6 front...

    Our hood sits roughly 18 inches over 5x6 front pan. 15 inch stack with an exhaust fan in the stack. All the steam goes out the stack unless doors are open sugarhouse and its windy out. I...
  9. Thread: Cam Lock dust caps

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    We use cam locks in 2 of our woods with vacuum. ...

    We use cam locks in 2 of our woods with vacuum. I have found that the seals will go bad. Sometimes last 10 plus years sometimes only 2 years.
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    We did what you want to do snowman. It was on a...

    We did what you want to do snowman. It was on a 5x14 with an automatic draw off valve at the pan with a long pipe to the draw off tank. Wasn't really all that difficult to use. We did it because...
  11. Why bother siphoning? A simple overflow from...

    Why bother siphoning? A simple overflow from tank to tank will be as simple as you can get and work without having to perform any "tricks".
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    We use a sump pump switch but turn it upside down...

    We use a sump pump switch but turn it upside down with a rod and a float. They're cheap and readily available. They have infinite adjustability. I keep mine adjusted so the head tank is always...
  13. Thread: pressure washer

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    Ditto.......

    Ditto.......
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    Well I feel stupid. I didn't notice the foot...

    Well I feel stupid. I didn't notice the foot switch in the picture.
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    What are you using to shut the valve on and off...

    What are you using to shut the valve on and off with?
  16. Thread: 2018 Bulk Price

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    Spud, are you saying organic premium is now .20...

    Spud, are you saying organic premium is now .20 instead of .10?
  17. Thread: Revolution pans

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    I love mine. We've made over 3,000 gallons of...

    I love mine. We've made over 3,000 gallons of syrup on a 5x6 revolution pan and have only taken it off the rig once to clean it. It didn't need it but we did it any ways.
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    We've made 1200 gallons so far this year and used...

    We've made 1200 gallons so far this year and used 1 bag of filter aid. This year we've had a hard time filtering and have used more than normal. We have a 10 inch press. We add 6 to 7 cups of...
  19. Thread: Buddy syrup

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    If you have an off flavor in your syrup, the...

    If you have an off flavor in your syrup, the sugar you make from it will have an even more pronounced off flavor because you have concentrated it.
  20. Thread: Ultraviolet light

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    A uv light in the tank is only good to help keep...

    A uv light in the tank is only good to help keep the tank "clean". UV light cannot penetrate sap effectively very far, a fraction of an inch. However, I do keep one in my concentrate tank to keep...
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    I've had a CDL horizontal for 3 years now. Never...

    I've had a CDL horizontal for 3 years now. Never a problem. Sorry to conflict everyone, but that's been my experience.
  22. Thread: Maple volcano

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    Low invert makes it much easier to granulated. ...

    Low invert makes it much easier to granulated. High invert can be difficult to get to granulated and definitely takes a lot more stirring.
  23. Thread: Maple volcano

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    Yes. All the time. And from my experience, the...

    Yes. All the time. And from my experience, the lower the invert sugar the more "volcanic" it will be.
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    I've never seen it in those stores.

    I've never seen it in those stores.
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    I tighten until the plastic just starts to...

    I tighten until the plastic just starts to deform. You can tighten too far and tear the plastic.
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