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    Dr. Tim can weigh in, but I dont think adding the...

    Dr. Tim can weigh in, but I dont think adding the bottom 3 taps would have a negative effect on the upper 8. If anything it's more sap in the line and a slightly longer run, which would increase...
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    Why not put all 11 trees on a single run and tank...

    Why not put all 11 trees on a single run and tank just below the last one?

    Also - reiterating... do not vent at the top of the run. That defeats the natural vacuum that is being put on the tap...
  3. You will still get niter. Perhaps your buildup...

    You will still get niter. Perhaps your buildup in your pans won't be that bad if you clean them out frequently (every boil or so). However you will absolutely have nitre in your syrup. Its...
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    You can use sunflower or canola oil as a natural...

    You can use sunflower or canola oil as a natural defoamer as well. A few drops works well. Would be fine for small hobbyist using steam pans.
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    I would suggest running it right around that...

    I would suggest running it right around that tree. Small zig zags like that is totally normal. I was previously referring to large (like 30 feet) and multiple zip zags that might make sense to...
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    Also - 50 to 60 trees is going to keep you very...

    Also - 50 to 60 trees is going to keep you very busy on a 4 or 5 steam pan block arch. General rule of thumb is about 1 gallon per hour of evaporation per square foot of pan. Assuming excellent...
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    Zig-zagging is fine, but don't go overboard. Too...

    Zig-zagging is fine, but don't go overboard. Too much zig-zagging uses more tubing and reduces the vertical drop per linear foot which reduces efficiency of the line (friction). If you have very...
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    There is lots of great information on how to hang...

    There is lots of great information on how to hang tubing on this site. Keep it tight and downhill and use hollow woven rope over the tubing towards the end to keep it taut. A tubing tool is key for...
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    That approach would require you to be boiling at...

    That approach would require you to be boiling at the same time your sap is running.... all day.... night...whenever.

    The way I approached this was to have my vacuum setup feed into a small...
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    In Geauga County OH "maple stirs" are a tradition...

    In Geauga County OH "maple stirs" are a tradition at the maple festival. They are similar to cream but slightly different. Main difference is how long it cools as noted by Russ.
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    Vacuum made a HUGE difference on my reds. About...

    Vacuum made a HUGE difference on my reds. About 90 of my 99 are reds and with vacuum this year I got over 0.27 gpt of syrup. This is far more than I have gotten in the past on buckets and this...
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    Here is a link to a diagram and video of mine....

    Here is a link to a diagram and video of mine.
    https://www.roseummaple.com/2021/02/316-tubing-vacuum-system.html

    You don't need the dimmer switch to adjust the wattage of the strip heater. Could...
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    I did this but use 110v with transformer. Worked...

    I did this but use 110v with transformer. Worked great. Kept it in a cooler (outside all season) to prevent any pump freezing.
    The 12v temp controllers are CHEAP. $12 for all 3.
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    Or run the 12v pump model off a 12vdc power...

    Or run the 12v pump model off a 12vdc power supply that has sufficient amperage for the pump. 12 vdc power supplies are powered by 110 vac.
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    I've also been wondering how to keep the % sugar...

    I've also been wondering how to keep the % sugar in the concentrate at a steady state while using recirc. In theory isn't the sap that is feeding back to the pump intake always increasing in %...
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    I really like the simplicity here, John. Great...

    I really like the simplicity here, John. Great setup!

    I was just worried about freezing a pump and ruining it mid season. Those 12v temp controllers are VERY cheap ($13 for three of them) and...
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    Yes. I believe the OP was more interested in the...

    Yes. I believe the OP was more interested in the control system and yes that worked fantastic. It controlled the pump and kept the cooler box above freezing. I don't have a heated sugarhouse so...
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    Here is a video and overview of the one I built. ...

    Here is a video and overview of the one I built. It worked awesome. Pretty straight forward to wire up. I have a simplified schematic attached as well. If there is enough market demand, I would...
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    I use the white vinegar and permeate approach and...

    I use the white vinegar and permeate approach and bring it to a boil. Soak a bit, brush where necessary, drain, and rinse with permeate. It works great.
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    I flip my manifold to the exit of the pump head...

    I flip my manifold to the exit of the pump head and pump hydrogen peroxide through mine and through all my tubes and let them sit full for at least 24 hrs before flipping it back and sucking them all...
  21. Thread: Happy Easter

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    Thank you Dave! Happy Easter to all! Thank the...

    Thank you Dave! Happy Easter to all! Thank the Lord for his marvelous grace!
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    The yield increase depends on multiple factors...

    The yield increase depends on multiple factors such as:
    (1) age of system- new install has great yield in 1st year
    (2) amount of elevation drop (the more drop = more vacuum = more yield)
    (3) how...
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    The yield increase depends on multiple factors...

    The yield increase depends on multiple factors such as:
    (1) age of system- new install has great yield in 1st year
    (2) amount of elevation drop (the more drop = more vacuum = more yield)
    (3) how...
  24. Thread: RO advice

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    I just went to 100 taps on 3/16 vacuum and built...

    I just went to 100 taps on 3/16 vacuum and built an RO using 5 of the 400 gpd membranes in 3012 housings using a coronwater typ-8900 pump. I loved it. Worked awesome.
    https://youtu.be/9_Eq_sq6Tp0...
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    I also use smoky lake gold Vermont certified...

    I also use smoky lake gold Vermont certified hydrometer and Murphy cup. It makes this step in the process WAY easier.
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