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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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  12. 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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    I also finish on propane. I hang my cup over the...

    I also finish on propane. I hang my cup over the lip of the evaporator too. I have stuck a probe in my cup while reading and it varies from 208-211. so I do all my syrup a tad on the heavy side and...
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    Best is to fill the cup once or twice dump it out...

    Best is to fill the cup once or twice dump it out and then check with the hydrometer. Do it right from the finisher at 219-220, the cup will rob some heat from the syrup and you'll be close to 211. I...
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    The only thing I use temperature for is to...

    The only thing I use temperature for is to determine when I should unpack the Hydrometer. I had a day this year when both my thermometers went down. I never even missed a beat. Since I finish on...
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    I have a smokey lake full pint hybrid and it has...

    I have a smokey lake full pint hybrid and it has a float box, the inlet is 1" I believe. I have seen pictures of the float on the supreme and never thought it looked like a good design
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    I still think your just dealing with a year where...

    I still think your just dealing with a year where your sugar sand is finer and a different consistency, it's not you. I had a year like that about 4 years ago and never was able to completely resolve...
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    Yes you'll be ok just run it through a sieve and...

    Yes you'll be ok just run it through a sieve and get the crystals out ( save them for candy). I'd go ahead and heat it and just thin it as is, why add it back. It won't take much liquid to bring it...
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    I have never left sap in a head tank. If I can't...

    I have never left sap in a head tank. If I can't boil it I move it to storage tanks, but I usually boil all I have being small.
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    https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/di...

    https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/5773/files/2016/06/Confection-Notebook5th-edition-tz3j4x.pdf

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9F3vyHr-1U

    The two links above will get you...
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    As long as it isn't crystals then you can...

    As long as it isn't crystals then you can reconstitute any stage. Just add hot distilled water or boiled and filtered sap. You'll just have to add a little and bring to a boil then keep adjusting and...
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    I used a lot of mesh screens in my career and...

    I used a lot of mesh screens in my career and many were very fine Micron size. The biggest issue with these metal and synthetic products is total open area percentage. You can find many with the...
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    I imagine that gap will fill up with nitre and...

    I imagine that gap will fill up with nitre and probably burn enough to seal it. You won't notice any change in syrup quality.
  24. I agree with everyone that you have reached the...

    I agree with everyone that you have reached the life of your filters. I Hot water soak them for an hour, hot water rinse back out the way syrup went in and I hang them to dry. They get much cleaner...
  25. I wouldn't even try and fathom taking down my...

    I wouldn't even try and fathom taking down my lines.....visions of a major cluster muck. Sanitation would be the same as leaving up, although you could submerge the whole bundle in a tank of calcium...
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