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    Typically sanitizers are made with either...

    Typically sanitizers are made with either isopropyl alcohol or denatured ethanol. Other additives vary considerably (moisturizers, scents, thickening agents, etc.).

    Maple producers in Canada are...
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    Two choices (for plastic spouts in general). ...

    Two choices (for plastic spouts in general).

    1. Use a one-piece spout where the spout is put in the tree and connected to the tubing. After the season is done it is pulled from the taphole, cut...
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    It depends upon the time of the season and on the...

    It depends upon the time of the season and on the season.

    Typically sugar starts off a bit low, then tends to rise until about 1/3-1/2 way through the season. After that the trend is downward,...
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    We don't change drops unless the tubing or...

    We don't change drops unless the tubing or fittings are either breaking down physically, getting too short (from cutting off spouts each year), or we have to do it as a "control" for some experiment....
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    We always replace tees when replacing drops. If...

    We always replace tees when replacing drops. If you try to cut the tubing off the tee, a certain percentage of them will have microleaks no matter how careful you try to be. Under high vacuum...
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    Oh for sure Matt....you definitely can't rely on...

    Oh for sure Matt....you definitely can't rely on short news pieces for the full (and correct) story. I've come to accept the news as a mixture of information (of varying accuracy) and entertainment....
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    Interesting short piece on the local news (from...

    Interesting short piece on the local news (from August 2019) my wife just forwarded to me about "Vermont Maid."
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    Thanks for the offer. Let me check with Dr....

    Thanks for the offer. Let me check with Dr. Abby...she is the resident birch expert at UVM PMRC.
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    I'd encourage all Vermont producers to consider...

    I'd encourage all Vermont producers to consider contributing information to the Vermont Maple Bulletin https://vermontmaplebulletin.wordpress.com/ a running description/update of each maple season...
  10. Poll: The tee can face up or down, but more...

    The tee can face up or down, but more importantly, the spout should point downward (the normal orientation). This creates a small air gap so that sap is not always held against the taphole where it...
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    Very attractive looking product -- how's the...

    Very attractive looking product -- how's the taste?
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    Works great...especially if you don't have to be...

    Works great...especially if you don't have to be in the sugarhouse much for a few months OR if you have an exceptionally poor sense of smell. We fill our pans right to the top and let it sit most of...
  13. Poll: That is a personal decision/judgement you'll have...

    That is a personal decision/judgement you'll have to make at the time. The proportion of stained wood in the taphole dictates the amount of sap you will get. If half the taphole is stained, you'll...
  14. Poll: Getting near 100...if you haven't voted, please...

    Getting near 100...if you haven't voted, please do so.
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    Poll: We're getting close to 100...if you haven't yet...

    We're getting close to 100...if you haven't yet voted..please do!
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    Poll: Let's go folks...just a few more poll responses...

    Let's go folks...just a few more poll responses to break 100.
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    I don't believe the maple syrup survey is not an...

    I don't believe the maple syrup survey is not an open census. I think they send out surveys to those people who have signed up, or that they have identified as producers. It comes through as a...
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    There are several threads discussing this and...

    There are several threads discussing this and related topics. A quick search of "coolbot" yields:

    http://mapletrader.com/community/search.php?searchid=6294084
  19. Thread: Ro sizing

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    Absolutely agree Steve. Having a refrigerated...

    Absolutely agree Steve. Having a refrigerated bulk tank essentially decouples the RO process from the evaporation process. You can let the RO run when the sap comes in, and then boil another time...
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    There is at least some production still going on...

    There is at least some production still going on in the NEK.
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    Along with what others have said, note that...

    Along with what others have said, note that recirculating will warm the sap/concentrate. The more you recirculate, the warmer it'll get. That will not improve sap quality.
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    That is correct, assuming you don't have some...

    That is correct, assuming you don't have some restriction (fitting, valve, etc) somewhere in the line that necks it down to a common size, in which case you won't see any real difference due to pipe...
  23. The latest video, "Compartmentalization" ...

    The latest video, "Compartmentalization" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4q7eBr1Soo
  24. Thank you Dave. More are on their way. The...

    Thank you Dave. More are on their way.

    The easiest way to hear when new videos appear is to subscribe to the UVM PMRC YouTube channel.
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    I've seen a good number of presses where people...

    I've seen a good number of presses where people will score, file, or grind a line across the top of the plates so they can see at a glance if all the plates are in correctly.
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