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    About the only other thing mine does is house the...

    About the only other thing mine does is house the 4 wheeler the rest of the year. We have done some pressure canning in there too to keep the steam out of the kitchen, but not every year.

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    High pressure washed the evaporator pans...

    High pressure washed the evaporator pans yesterday after work, which makes me 100% done, cleaned up and put away.
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    The warm water re-circulation is mainly to loosen...

    The warm water re-circulation is mainly to loosen up the sugars and other crap on the membrane before rinsing/flushing out. To heat my water I just use a tabletop propane burner, or a turkey fryer...
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    I have a small 50 gph water removal machine also....

    I have a small 50 gph water removal machine also. Bought it last year halfway through the season. Never soap washed it last year, just did the warm water recircs and cold water rinses to specs. ...
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    Done. Earlier today I bottled 2 1/4 gallons of...

    Done. Earlier today I bottled 2 1/4 gallons of nice tasting dark and 7 1/2 gallons of slightly off tasting dark. I guess I didn't quit soon enough. So, totals for the year are 4,200 gallons of...
  6. Thread: Frozen RO

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    I guess I would check flows rates to see if they...

    I guess I would check flows rates to see if they match what you had before, and check the permeate to see if sugar is going through.
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    I would put a fresh pre-filter in just before...

    I would put a fresh pre-filter in just before concentrating.
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    You might want to consider a drain on your float...

    You might want to consider a drain on your float box. My little rig has one and I can shut a valve between the flue pan and the float box, drain the float box and pour it right into the flue pan. ...
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    I put 15 gallons of raw sap through the...

    I put 15 gallons of raw sap through the evaporator tonight. All this talk here about ropey syrup was getting me nervous. All seems well, and ready to finish this season in the next couple days. ...
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    Woke up to temps just below freezing. Scrambled...

    Woke up to temps just below freezing. Scrambled to get out the door with a couple pails of hot water to do a quick scrub on the buckets. Most buckets had a slight skim of ice forming on the old...
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    Makes me think I should fire up the evaporator...

    Makes me think I should fire up the evaporator today to re-sterilize everything before the potential run the next couple days.
  12. Tomorrow I will have the same here, and I will be...

    Tomorrow I will have the same here, and I will be trying to catch one more run early in the week. I'll likely go around to my buckets with a bucket of warm water and at least do a quick rinse.
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    Got through 435 gallons today (220 collected last...

    Got through 435 gallons today (220 collected last night and 215 collected mid morning today) in 11 hours. Looks like I crossed into robust, but will know for sure tomorrow. Should have 160...
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    We seemed to bottom out around 36 and has already...

    We seemed to bottom out around 36 and has already gone back up a couple

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    Another 220 gallons collected just before dark...

    Another 220 gallons collected just before dark tonight. Might have close to that again by morning the way it was running. Gonna be close to a freeze tonight, but I think we are going to fall a...
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    Last year I started at 1.4% and it quickly went...

    Last year I started at 1.4% and it quickly went down from there. By the time I reached .8% to 1% I was inspired to buy an RO. :D It did, however, rebound some last season. This...
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    Again I came home from work with my dad just...

    Again I came home from work with my dad just finishing up what I had left for him. Cleaned the RO, I caught up on bottling because all the pots were filled, then I went to collect what ran today. ...
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    Ran just about all night last night. Finally...

    Ran just about all night last night. Finally froze up about 6:00am this morning. Collected some yard buckets before work that were already just about overflowing and left my dad with just under...
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    Collected 275 gallons just before dark and...

    Collected 275 gallons just before dark and everything was still running strong. Should get nice little runs Monday and Tuesday then a big burst. Several nights in a row above freezing after that,...
  20. Propane. I love the unit!

    Propane. I love the unit!
  21. Yep, me too. I used to "ladle" it in with a one...

    Yep, me too. I used to "ladle" it in with a one quart Pyrex measuring cup. Worked, but messy and a pita. Now I can control the flow, and actually keep the cover partially on the bottler to...
  22. Oops, upside down for some reason. I do not...

    Oops, upside down for some reason. I do not actually defy gravity in my shack :D
  23. This is what I came up with before the start of...

    This is what I came up with before the start of the season and it works awesome! That is a 20 quart stock pot I adjust the density in, set it on the shelf and let her...
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    It was a crazy three days here. We went through...

    It was a crazy three days here. We went through 1,075 gallons of sap from my 210 taps and made 21 gallons of finished syrup from it. All caught up and cleaned up except the draining/cleaning of...
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    I drain/soak/clean my syrup pan in my 18x60 after...

    I drain/soak/clean my syrup pan in my 18x60 after every good 2-3 day run, and every other run for the flue pan.
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