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    if I find mold in a section it get's replaced. I...

    if I find mold in a section it get's replaced. I go to the nearest two trees and cut in a new tees and replace the whole section. If it's a long run to one of the trees I may add a coupler and just...
  2. Thread: Blower

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    It will work. I'd suggest adding a variable speed...

    It will work. I'd suggest adding a variable speed switch in your sugar shack. You can adjust it and turn it off at will. I have this one and it works great:
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  3. If using wire yes it helps. Slip a piece of...

    If using wire yes it helps. Slip a piece of tubing over the end and use it as padding as a loop. Don't twist a wire tight on your line you want a loop. You can also use hollow core rope or...
  4. two word reply....side ties

    two word reply....side ties
  5. You need slope all the way to the mainline. Run...

    You need slope all the way to the mainline. Run all your 3/16th down slope far enough to keep drop in it, the more the better. If possible keep fall after your last tap for 20-30 feet. The mainline...
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    I had one a few years ago that had some form of...

    I had one a few years ago that had some form of syrup in it that was hard to clean. I finally poured about a quart of bleach in it filled with water, let set 12 hrs and repeated. After that I...
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    Beech are not a problem around me. Most of our...

    Beech are not a problem around me. Most of our woods are oak dominate anyway and you won't find many dense stands of beech/Maple. My own woods is 75% oak, hickory and beech. I have one area that is...
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    Fall journal and updates

    It's been a while since anyone posted anything and since cool weather was here I thought I'd start this thread to see what sugar makers are up to.

    I have been working firewood mostly and clearing...
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    I agree with the forester suggestion. I have a...

    I agree with the forester suggestion. I have a 50/50 mix in my woods and have harvested most of the larger non maples. It's about basal density. If you have a high stem count then thinning will let...
  10. Yes if you are using a common password and login...

    Yes if you are using a common password and login where information is it's a concern. I do not, every site has different log in and passwords.
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    It's just fermented sap and then vinegar. Ever...

    It's just fermented sap and then vinegar. Ever drink any wine, whiskey or beer....similar process. Sure it will mold if left long enough and even spoil, but so will any fermented food. I will...
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    condolences for you and your family Count your...

    condolences for you and your family

    Count your memories as treasures. My dad died when I was a young man. One thing I wish, is he never met my wife or knew his grandkids and I wish he had. He also...
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    I am behind where I usually am on wood, but still...

    I am behind where I usually am on wood, but still have enough for next year. I'm usually two years ahead, but some health issue and really wet weather has stopped my wood processing. My cousins cut...
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    if you want any vinegar, you got to keep an eye...

    if you want any vinegar, you got to keep an eye on it. Heat and time just makes it spoil, as your culture dies. By the time most check their pans it's a slimy goo. It doesn't always make vinegar....
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    I am in SeanD's camp. I had this happen too and...

    I am in SeanD's camp. I had this happen too and all he said is pretty spot on. My wife and I bottle from a stainless pot and we stir constantly. All our glass is room temperature. we bottle at 185...
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    I do like bmbmkr and do the sap soak, If you...

    I do like bmbmkr and do the sap soak, If you catch it before it molds or get's too funky you can filter off some of the Maple Vinegar for salad dressings and cooking. You'll need to pasteurize it...
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    I always cut mine when I prune or as I see them....

    I always cut mine when I prune or as I see them. Removing them is just maintenance. The way I look at it is, if you let them grow they are only stealing energy from your tree and your going to cut...
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    You can take the sprouts off any time. When you...

    You can take the sprouts off any time. When you see one coming on take it off. when they're new they will just break off. They will always be coming, some trees are worse than others. Typically...
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    Profit, that's funny. I once had the delusion I...

    Profit, that's funny. I once had the delusion I might make a profit, but that faded fast. In reality I do make a little over my expenses, but when I figure in time I make about 50 cents an hour. I'm...
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    Sean, it can be the last sap of the season that...

    Sean, it can be the last sap of the season that is going buddy and not fit for syrup. Maybe leave a little sweet to help jump start the fermentation
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    I fill mine to within about 3" of the top, but I...

    I fill mine to within about 3" of the top, but I have a small pan. I powerwash it after draining and I do very little scrubbing.
  22. Thread: Hand pump

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    I agree go with a 12volt pump. You can get one...

    I agree go with a 12volt pump. You can get one starting at around $40.00, but a good one will be closer to 100.00. I bought a 110 to 12v converter and I can use mine in the shack or off the tractor.
  23. The pool shops should have 1 pound bags. Weight...

    The pool shops should have 1 pound bags. Weight calculations are easiest and best. Here is a formula

    gallons of water x .0038 x desired ppm / dec. value of active ingredient of chemical = grams of...
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    Sriracha sauce is my go to. I put it on the tree...

    Sriracha sauce is my go to. I put it on the tree just above the line. You'd be surprised how long it last if it dries on the trees. I do it three times, when I work the lines just before season, When...
  25. Maple Vinegar- bottled my first attempt today

    My daughters found a cook book with Native American recipes that called for Maple vinegar. So of course dad got tagged to make some. I couldn't find many resources, but I gave it a try. I used sweet...
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