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    I have had the RB15 for 4 years now and it has...

    I have had the RB15 for 4 years now and it has performed flawlessly on the original membranes. I tune it to keep up with my evaporator so I am not pushing it hard. If you are using a 2x8 (as your...
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    I don't believe their is a significant difference...

    I don't believe their is a significant difference in output between the two sizes. My understanding is that a quart of syrup per tap is average when using buckets, regardless of the tap size. Many...
  3. Thread: Maple sugar

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    I don’t think a pressure cooker will work because you need water to evaporate in order to get the correct density for those products.
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    There was a great article in the March edition of...

    There was a great article in the March edition of the Maple News were flavor was discussed at length. In addition to pan depth, one of the variables under discussion was microbes in sap. It was...
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    My take is that the grade has to do with the...

    My take is that the grade has to do with the quality of the sap, not the cleanliness of the evaporator.
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    Good question. The directions for commercial...

    Good question. The directions for commercial pan cleaners say to heat the solution to 140 F. I do that and leave it for a week, dump it out, scrub a little, rinse and be done. I don't strive to...
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    There are quite a few options 1. Fill the...

    There are quite a few options

    1. Fill the pans with the last run of sap and allow it to ferment for several weeks (months?). The acidic nature of the ooze formed supposedly cleans the pans to...
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    I would make that change in a heartbeat if it was...

    I would make that change in a heartbeat if it was practical for me. My pan loves to make syrup in that spot. Not so much in the front of the pan.
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    I have an older Dominion and Grimm Sportsman...

    I have an older Dominion and Grimm Sportsman which is a very similar rig to the CDL. It does suffer from the issue of the float being slow to react to drawoffs. In fact, I will often manually push...
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    Curious to know if there is information on what...

    Curious to know if there is information on what technology they had for boiling their sap? Was it cauldrons over an open fire? It must have taken them many, many hours to make that much sugar.
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    How are things going for folks here in Franklin...

    How are things going for folks here in Franklin County? I've called it a season. I'm estimating 15 gallons made from 60 taps although I haven't bottled yet to get an accurate count. Worried that...
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    I have essentially the same setup and I flush...

    I have essentially the same setup and I flush with 10 gallons permeate after each use.
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    I tend to fire every 5 min or so. Timing depends...

    I tend to fire every 5 min or so. Timing depends on your individual goals and how your setup reacts. I do not stuff the firebox but rather toss in a 4-5 pieces in a crisscross pattern. Also,...
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    Bryan It is very possible that coals are...

    Bryan

    It is very possible that coals are building up on the grate and choking off air. When I reload, I use the new wood to shove the coals forward and create open space on the grate. If you...
  15. Nothing stays pasteurized forever.... Any sap...

    Nothing stays pasteurized forever.... Any sap will work
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    Lots of different factors to consider here. It...

    Lots of different factors to consider here. It is certainly possible to draw off syrup on a small pan but it is quite a bit more challenging. The smaller the pan and the the fewer the dividers the...
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    I used to filter off the evaporator, store until...

    I used to filter off the evaporator, store until end of season, and then reheat and filter again into the canner. Lately though I’ve just been using prefilters to catch big stuff off the evaporator,...
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    The boiling point of water (and syrup) changes...

    The boiling point of water (and syrup) changes with atmospheric pressure changes. You have to change your drawoff temperature accordingly. Use your hydrometer as the definitive measurement of when...
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    You are right, the idea behind a divided pan is...

    You are right, the idea behind a divided pan is to have a sap input on one end and syrup output on the other. Consistent sap levels and consistent firing are keys to producing syrup on a divided pan...
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    Yah, that looks tricky. When a deep freeze is...

    Yah, that looks tricky. When a deep freeze is forecast I slowly and carefully bring down the level in my pans so that connector pipes like that are not completely full. This would serve the dual...
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    Seems unlikely that there would be damage? The...

    Seems unlikely that there would be damage? The ice can expand upward.
  22. Thread: acid wash

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    I agree. An acid wash is.... acid. A soap wash...

    I agree. An acid wash is.... acid. A soap wash is highly alkaline. One would neutralize the other and reduce or eliminate it's effectiveness.
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    I believe that you can expect to get up to 8%...

    I believe that you can expect to get up to 8% with two passes through the membranes.
  24. Thread: Maple syrup

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    Bleach is a disinfectant. There's nothing to...

    Bleach is a disinfectant. There's nothing to disinfect with the filters. Water is all that's needed.
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    This instruction manual contains a temperature conversion chart to allow you to determine correct density

    https://leaderevaporator.com/content/Syrup-Hydrometer.pdf
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