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    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went...

    That was fun. I can tell a lot of planning went into that - prepping your shot, setting up the camera, etc. Lots of work. Thanks for sharing!

    Noticed the A and A evaporator. Did you drive out...
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    All good thoughts - especially the economy of...

    All good thoughts - especially the economy of scale. There are way too many variables to have a general rule about profitability. For me, almost all goes out the door retail, so that helps a lot...
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    A and A got back to me. Turns out the tank is...

    A and A got back to me. Turns out the tank is rectangular and needs a frame built around it to support the metal from bending from the weight of the sap. It's 24 ga. stainless. He recommended a...
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    You are right about the carbon filter. I use...

    You are right about the carbon filter. I use filtered city water for my beginning of the the year rinse/wash. I use something like this:...
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    Right?!! I'm headed out to Ohio this summer and...

    Right?!! I'm headed out to Ohio this summer and I'd be crazy not to at least stop in for a peek.

    Dave, I figured if anyone knew, you would. I was thinking along the same lines as you, but then I...
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    Found the answer to my own question here on the...

    Found the answer to my own question here on the MT. Next question - does anyone know if their stainless storage tanks are round bottomed? Or what it means that they "do not include crating"?
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    motowbrowne, Thanks for the tip on the FB...

    motowbrowne,

    Thanks for the tip on the FB page. Where did you get that price? I can't find a price list for them.
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    Yeah, it's funny how things end here. They just...

    Yeah, it's funny how things end here. They just end. I've never gotten the buddy sap people talk about. Things seem to stop before I get to that point. The last sap of the season is cloudy and...
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    That sounds so tempting, but I don't think I...

    That sounds so tempting, but I don't think I could part with that much sap for cleaning.

    I've taken to filling the back pan with permeate and the front pan with the acid flush from the wash cycle...
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    That's why I can't get flour. You're hoarding...

    That's why I can't get flour. You're hoarding it!

    I just crunched the numbers. Porch pickup is good, but I'm still down from last year. Missing maple weekend is a big hole to fill. It's a...
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    Cancelling maple weekend was definitely a blow. ...

    Cancelling maple weekend was definitely a blow. Porch sales have been steady, but I haven't compared to last year yet, but I think I'll sit down and do that. I have a wholesale order that I...
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    Wow. That's all awesome experience to share. I...

    Wow. That's all awesome experience to share. I hadn't considered rigid pipe. I would have thought it was too much hassle with the Fernco's to boot. I'll think about that. I do like those numbers...
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    Flow Rates on Mainline

    I'm thinking of upgrading the mainline I use to offload sap from the IBC on my truck to my collection tank at the SH. Right now, I have a 60ish-foot 1" black water pipe on a mainline wire that...
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    I didn't think the little Shurflo could push the...

    I didn't think the little Shurflo could push the liquid to the top of my lines. I thought I needed a bigger pump. Do you have a mainline to fill or do all your lines come into a manifold? Is the...
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    Fantastic work - and plenty of room to expand! ...

    Fantastic work - and plenty of room to expand! That little closet you tucked in there will be your RO room. By the way, your dad's advice was right on.
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    I forgot that part of the question. I just fill...

    I forgot that part of the question. I just fill and mix with room temp or cool water. It would dissolve faster in warm/hot water, but it's best to keep the vapors down. Contact time is not days,...
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    It only takes a small amount and that's what I...

    It only takes a small amount and that's what I like about it.

    The OP called for 1/8 tsp per Liter, so that's roughly 1/8 tsp per quart or just under a 1/2 tsp per gallon. As you increase the...
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    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I don't bottle while I...

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I don't bottle while I boil or even the same day. It's too much to do and often well into the night and I'm tired. I bottle or really hot pack 5 gallon containers on...
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    My hesitation with jumping to a filter press is...

    My hesitation with jumping to a filter press is not understanding how it works into the process of a nightly boil. Right now I gravity filter right off the rig and my filtering is pretty much done...
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    I've had people notice in January when I'm out...

    I've had people notice in January when I'm out putting up tubing. Between the wind and the low sun with no leaves on the trees I can burn.
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    Can't tell what I'm looking at.

    Can't tell what I'm looking at.
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    Poll: I might have messed up your poll. I'm the one...

    I might have messed up your poll. I'm the one guy who put "happens every winter", but let me qualify that. I've never had a spout come completely out of a hole, but I do find myself reseating them...
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    Poll: A number of years ago, when I realized that I'll...

    A number of years ago, when I realized that I'll be doing this thing for a while, I started tightening up my tapping pattern. I've found that I can be as close as a couple of inches away on the...
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    There's one I got from the MT years ago called...

    There's one I got from the MT years ago called Dill's Easy Maple Pie. I can't find it no matter how I search. I must have written the name down wrong. Luckily, I still have one foot in the 20th...
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    Yes, even with an ATC refractometer, it gives a...

    Yes, even with an ATC refractometer, it gives a more accurate reading with syrup that has cooled. It doesn't have to be 60 deg, but below 100? helps. I'll save a bit in a sample cup to cool, but...
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