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    I used this:...

    I used this:
    https://www.powerwash.com/mtm-hydro-1-5-hg-vacuum-switch-with-burner-control.html

    I made sure to mount it higher than the level of sap in the tank, so sap will never contact the...
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    I also had problems with residual pressure on the...

    I also had problems with residual pressure on the membranes being too high to allow the low pressure switch to open. I thought about going the float switch route, but wanted to drain the sap tank as...
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    I don’t take a firearm into my woods unless I’m hunting. Never saw the need.
    Now a brush cutter, axe, or machete? That is another story.
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    No worries, we only make 30-40 gallons a year and...

    No worries, we only make 30-40 gallons a year and sell out every time. We do have a waiting list for the following season also, so we have a rough idea of how much to make.
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    Doesn’t matter to us which came first, the product or the demand. As long as our customers are raving about out infused syrup, we’ll keep right on making it.
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    I’m interested in the process with the coffee beans. How many beans do you add per quantity of syrup? Any favorite kinds or types of beans? Does the coffee flavor continue to increase as time passes?
  7. Thread: Ginseng

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    Ginseng

    It’s ginseng season here in Indiana. Was wondering if any other sugarmakers took advantage of the ground beneath their maples to try and grow some additional revenue? It grows well for us among our...
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    Good for you! I hope the upcoming season is your...

    Good for you! I hope the upcoming season is your best ever.:)
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    Last season we did a vanilla syrup with a whole...

    Last season we did a vanilla syrup with a whole bean in each bottle. It tasted fantastic, and our customers agreed. We sold all we had in 12oz glass for $17 a bottle, and could’ve sold much more. We...
  10. We’re about 25 miles west of Bloomington. 23...

    We’re about 25 miles west of Bloomington. 23 degrees here this morning, good luck on the rest of your season!

    We are blessed with some great natural slope, this line was still running when I...
  11. Thanks Andrew, we had 80 on 3/16 natural vacuum,...

    Thanks Andrew, we had 80 on 3/16 natural vacuum, and another 20 on buckets for good measure... no more buckets from now on.
  12. This weekend was the official end of our season....

    This weekend was the official end of our season. We finished off the last of our concentrate, pulled all our taps, cleaned all the equipment and tanks, disassembled and cleaned the RO, and closed up...
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    Can’t speak for everyone, but we’re done. Sap was still running as of yesterday evening though. We will finish off some near syrup this weekend, then begin cleanup. Fantastic season, could’ve made...
  14. Andrew, what did you end up doing regarding a...

    Andrew, what did you end up doing regarding a pump? Did you go with the procon, or is the 8800 pushing through all 8 membranes.. seems pretty unlikely?
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    Doug, I used Hodorskib’s setup with 5, 150 gpd membranes. I was really worried that it would be too small, but that hasn’t been the case. We’ve been regularly processing 10-12 gallons of sap per...
  16. We've processed over 1900 gallons so far this...

    We've processed over 1900 gallons so far this season, yielding just over 29 gallons of syrup. The homemade RO we put together has been a real game changer, enabling us to eliminate 75% of the water...
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    This week started off slow for us, but yesterday...

    This week started off slow for us, but yesterday it broke loose and became a great run. Started running 200 gallons through the RO starting last night, got to within 25 gallons of emptying the sap...
  18. Collected another 200 gallons since Monday night,...

    Collected another 200 gallons since Monday night, all RO'ed and boiled down to almost 5 gallons of near syrup. Will add that to the near syrup from Monday's boil, and finish off this weekend. Closing...
  19. Finished off the sweet from our previous boils...

    Finished off the sweet from our previous boils today, made almost 7 gallons of syrup. Lines and buckets running well, currently RO’ ing another 100 gallons of sap for tomorrow’s boil.
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    RO’ed another 130 gallons of sap Thursday night. Headed back to boil shortly.
  21. We've got 80 on 3/16" and another 20 on buckets....

    We've got 80 on 3/16" and another 20 on buckets. Ro'ed approx 300 gallons this weekend, boiled approx 80 gallons of concentrate.l Great way to try out our homemade RO. looking chilly for the next few...
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    Re-purposing old syrup bottles.

    Each year, we have a few customers return their empty bottles to us for recycling. Since we do not re-fill used bottles, we came up with this instead. Some copper plumbing fittings, copper paint, a...
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    If the statement “ we don’t use tubing or an ro in our operation”, is truthful, then I don’t see it any different than saying “ we use tubing and an ro in our operation”. If both are truthful, then I...
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    I don’t know how reasonable an expectation it is, but there is absolutely a segment of the population looking for it. I also wonder if geography plays a role... here in the Midwest, ( at least in my...
  25. Okay, what my feeble brain thinks it understands:...

    Okay, what my feeble brain thinks it understands:

    1) There is an optimum temp....”critical activation energy”
    2) Cooking syrup beyond this point might darken it due to charring of the sugars and...
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