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    Going to slow things down this year, i made so...

    Going to slow things down this year, i made so much syrup last year there is no need (hard to say that!) to make as much as possible this year. I'm going back down to only one wood lot where i am...
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    I know i tipped most (if not all) of them. I'm...

    I know i tipped most (if not all) of them. I'm going to have to open another one up and sample. I did only put those caps on by hand, I snug them up so they don't leak obviously but how tight is...
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    mine comes out behind the cupola (front to back...

    mine comes out behind the cupola (front to back on the shack). i do still have to add a roof jack, but i sealed some flashing down around the hole in the metal roof to keep run-off water shedding...
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    I have mine off-set to keep a bigger work area in...

    I have mine off-set to keep a bigger work area in the shack. and ran the stack right through the rafters. i used an ellipse template to cut the hole to match the pitch.
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    do you store cool? mine were in the shack all...

    do you store cool? mine were in the shack all summer and fear they might be cooked. (we got side tracked with a tornado this year and didn't get to process/sell much)
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    Best method of bulk packing - mini containers

    I'm a small producer and last year i packed into the 20L blue totes from bascom. unfortunately i didn't keep them cool/frozen and seem to have lost a fair amount to spoilage over the course of the...
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    Video: How to deal with fake maple syrup.

    Just a little humor i posted on our FB/instagram page tonight.


    https://www.facebook.com/MadHatterMapleSyrup/videos/1649481361813514/
  8. Thread: Hot water system

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    I put in a Camplux 2.6GPM tankless heater. It...

    I put in a Camplux 2.6GPM tankless heater. It runs on 2 D batteries and i have it hooked up to a 100# propane tank outside the shack. it was some of the best money spent this season on the new...
  9. Thread: Southwest ct

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    I did my final boil today, finished out with 8-9...

    I did my final boil today, finished out with 8-9 gallons of dark robust. I pulled my tanks so i wouldn't be tempted to keep collecting. time to pull taps, lines and start cleaning up. my least...
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    I'm convinced no one is ever happy with where...

    I'm convinced no one is ever happy with where they are in the maple world. you either want to do more or you want to do less.

    my favorite time of the night is listening to the final boil as we...
  11. Thread: Southwest ct

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    I collected tuesday from one property that was...

    I collected tuesday from one property that was still running. going to collect the last drops tomorrow if they're still good and do a final boil. sitting at just over 4300 gallons of sap so far.
  12. Thread: Really light syrup

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    i follow an operation in NY and he posted some...

    i follow an operation in NY and he posted some sample jars of the lightest looking syrup i've ever seen. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=903367536532193&id=170817486453872

    i'm...
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    There is an App for android called Maple...

    There is an App for android called Maple Calculations that has a Brix adjustment.

    to bring it from 60 brix (at 209+) to 59, you would add .1 Gallon, so 12-13 oz of distilled water.
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    i boiled a few gallons today and packed some more...

    i boiled a few gallons today and packed some more away. I'm hanging on for one more boil mid-late week. trees have pretty much quit running despite the proper temperature cycles. It was a great...
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    work on getting better draft and more fire...

    work on getting better draft and more fire combustion (blower).

    if the sap is getting under the dividers, they're non-functional, you have to stiffen up the pan.
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    I did not have a ways to test for invert sugar...

    I did not have a ways to test for invert sugar level. my "damp" batches i put in the oven and baked them a bit and that helped dry them out a bit.

    All in all it was a success, just haven't...
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    thank you all for the pointers. i had some more...

    thank you all for the pointers. i had some more (almost) successes tonight. i did another two batches in a frying pan and that seems to give me the best results in terms of dry/siftable sugar, with...
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    Tips for making granulated maple sugar

    I've tried 3 times to make maple sugar and only one of them was successful.

    First time> 2 year old syrup (granted i wasn't finishing as well as i am today), i stirred occasionally while I...
  19. Thread: Wood Sheds

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    spoken like a person who's never experienced the...

    spoken like a person who's never experienced the pleasure of boiling RO'd sap.
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    the plan right now is to replace my current...

    the plan right now is to replace my current arch/evaporator next season, and when i upgrade i will be incorporating a hood and pre-heater into the decision, it will go through the roof. i'm done...
  21. Thread: new filter press

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    filter presses sure are nice, a friend came down...

    filter presses sure are nice, a friend came down to demo his for me and it makes a great product, but for your volume stick with a cone filter, just get an inverter. you increase the surface area...
  22. Thread: Frozen bulk tanks

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    heat gun. not a blow-torch. or run hot water on...

    heat gun. not a blow-torch. or run hot water on them
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    Took this the other night, thought it was a neat...

    Took this the other night, thought it was a neat shot.
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  24. Thread: Was NOT Prepared!

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    this is an indication your arch is starving for...

    this is an indication your arch is starving for air. more air= more fire. Put a blower on it, if you don't have one already.

    if you can't keep up with the sap either pull a few taps or start...
  25. Thread: Wood Sheds

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    spend the money on an RO. when you can remove...

    spend the money on an RO. when you can remove 75% of the water before you start you'll cut your firewood use by 75% as well.
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