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  1. Anyone in NJ area interested in getting together after the season is over

    This forum has been great for learning and sharing experience, info, etc.

    Wondering if there are folks out there who would be interested in meeting for breakfast, pizza or something like that...
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    Problems with RO

    The RO doesn't make syrup but it sure makes it a lot easier to do so. With my small operation, using a flat pan 2x3 evaporator, my max boiling rate is about 7GPM. Especially with my low sugar...
  3. Thread: New season

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    What borough are you in?

    Well I am surprised that in NYC you can even find a maple. I heard that "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
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    Good run here today, 120 gallons and still...

    Good run here today, 120 gallons and still coming, with what I got in the last day or so, might have a full tote and need to take tomorrow off work and cook again.
    Looks like after this run, next...
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    Yep

    Yeah trees are back in production mode after the cold.

    What kind of maples do you have there? Reds I assume? What gear are you using?

    Regards
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    That's what I get for tapping early

    Cold weather (sap ice) broke one of the fittings in the vacuum system, so when I turned things on yesterday, had a mother of a vacuum leak from the sap pump. Think after the season, i will change...
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    RO

    One more thing - If you haven't seen one, I suggest you take a look (You are welcome to stop by here - I am near Flemington) - and I am sure Teddy would also be willing for you to visit.

    Best
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    RO

    Sugarwood

    A week might be possible if you are a decent fabricator, and have the parts. However, if you don't have the parts, it will take a bit to collect them (Ebay, Amazon, etc.) If you look...
  9. Thread: New season

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    Finished and bottled first batch today

    So 200 Gallons made 2.5, plus a little extra left over. I call it 80:1. 56% Transmittance, so that's Grade A Amber (on the darker side of amber) according to the checker.

    Those figures are about...
  10. Thread: New season

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    Mickey - glad it is of help. I just wish I had...

    Mickey - glad it is of help. I just wish I had trees like yours for the sugar content! I got what looks like it is going to be 2.5 to 3 gallons of bottled syrup from 200 gallons of sap! Looks real...
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    Everybody needs one!

    WARNING!!!

    You know what happens - make it easier and you then have to expand your operation till it is too much to handle!

    :lol:
  12. Thread: New season

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    Various topics

    I used to use bags and they work ok - you just need to watch out for pricker bushes in your sugarbush. I have a lot of barberry and multiflora rose - I don't like hauling sap, so I went to tubing...
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    So almost nothing yesterday - maybe 5 gallons. ...

    So almost nothing yesterday - maybe 5 gallons.

    Run started late today, I thought it was going to be a bust, but at 5pm I had 50 gallons. I looked just now (before 9pm) and I have over 100 gallons...
  14. Thread: New season

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    Tapped Today

    Since the weather looks favorable, I tapped today. May be a little early, but we'll see.
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    Slowly getting things ready here. Got the vacuum...

    Slowly getting things ready here. Got the vacuum system all together, going out today to check and set lines. Biggest progress this year was helping 5050 get his new RO built. No sugar shack this...
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    Time to clean up

    I heard peepers last night driving with the windows closed and the radio on. Crocuses blooming, daffodils 10 inches high. Red maples all have fat red buds. Record high temperatures in Antartica. ...
  17. Thread: First boil.

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    Mickey, sorry didn't see your note till just now....

    Mickey, sorry didn't see your note till just now. I would be happy to give it to you, but my schedule is totally wacky this week because my dad just had surgery.

    Looks like 5050 has you covered...
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    Well I haven't heard the peepers here, but when I...

    Well I haven't heard the peepers here, but when I came home tonight at 8, there were half a dozen people out on the street in reflective vests. I thought it might be a power crew working on lines...
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    Thanks for the info. With the vacuum, I can...

    Thanks for the info. With the vacuum, I can easily flush my lines with a very dilute bleach solution just suck it in thru the spiles when I take them out of the trees. All runs downhill thru the...
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    Cleaning Evaporator

    What do you use to do that? I always rinse good with clean water, then put some white vinegar in and leave it. Maybe heat it up for a short time and brush good, but it takes a while.

    Is there a...
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    Think Cold!

    Think Cold!
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    sorry I couldn't help with that, just got home a...

    sorry I couldn't help with that, just got home a few ago. You know my drill this week.

    you're doing great! Next year you'll be ready with the RO and then you can do more taps - especially the...
  23. Thread: First boil.

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    No problem Well, bags are cheaper if you have...

    No problem

    Well, bags are cheaper if you have a bunch of taps, and you use one per tap, so you don't need tubing like when you share a bucket. On the down side, you can puncture the bags,...
  24. Thread: First boil.

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    Pots and pans

    Mickey

    I am in Flemington, if you need a stainless pot and can make it down here, I have a new one never used that I can give you. It is a cheap one and pretty thin but it holds 4 or 5 gallons. ...
  25. Thread: Free sap

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    Hope you get a taker! If I get sap I have to...

    Hope you get a taker!

    If I get sap I have to cook it...I feel awful pouring it out.
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