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    If I figured right you can't do it with 1/2". ...

    If I figured right you can't do it with 1/2". With 3/4" it's close but the flow yield is only 5 gpm. reducing pipe diameter only exacerbates the head vs flow calculation. However, going to 1 1/4"...
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    Maple flats is correct, you would need a jet pump...

    Maple flats is correct, you would need a jet pump to use the pump at the top of the hill. I over looked that.
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    I looked at the pump curve and figured your total...

    I looked at the pump curve and figured your total dynamic head and that far with 1" pipe you will probably max out at 10-15 GPM. You will have to mount it at the bottom of the hill, it will not pull...
  4. This true. The only thing you done wrong is not...

    This true. The only thing you done wrong is not go far enough. I second the motion to get a hydrometer. Don't worry, you have a lot of sap coming. I'm an hr east of you and the main season is just...
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    I have 4 laterals in 3/16, totaling 100 taps...

    I have 4 laterals in 3/16, totaling 100 taps that hook into a 1/2" mainline and it handles them fine. The 1/2" could do more if I needed.
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    An food safety officer with the dept. of Ag once...

    An food safety officer with the dept. of Ag once told me you are more likely to introduce bacteria or molds through rinsing. If the glass is new and box unopened I bottle right out of the box. Have...
  7. I put my filters in the clothes washer on hot...

    I put my filters in the clothes washer on hot water, light cycle and no soap. They come out really clean and I have never seen it damage them. Someone will most likely tell you not to do this, but I...
  8. One more question, did you try a new filter? Many...

    One more question, did you try a new filter? Many off flavors don't show up until syrup is cooled, so it may still be in your system before syrup.
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    Collected 70 gallons of sap this morning off a...

    Collected 70 gallons of sap this morning off a short day yesterday. Sugar was 1.8%, which is pretty good for my bush. Finished boiling it off about 12:30 with almost 1.5 gallons of syrup.
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    well I gave in to the warm day and tapped my main...

    well I gave in to the warm day and tapped my main bush today (100 taps) all on 3/16 gravity. It was running big this evening and I had 40 gallons by 6:00PM, plus I still have the 50 early taps...
  11. I'll make one comment on your tree size. I look...

    I'll make one comment on your tree size. I look at trees and determine their future potential. If they are good relatively straight healthy trees, I leave them alone until they are bigger, but if...
  12. I use a regular kitchenaide stand mixer with a...

    I use a regular kitchenaide stand mixer with a dough hook until they start to dry/set then hand stir, because it gets too hard on the mixer. The dough hook doesn't break many. I imagine most of your...
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    Aaron, you don't need to get all the hard...

    Aaron, you don't need to get all the hard creosote off until after season, but you'll want to brush the soot off the bottom of the pan everyday or two before firing up. It will help your boil. I use...
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    I understand the saving on the extra work. You...

    I understand the saving on the extra work. You could still flush the line with a good cleaning of chlorine solution, it should help. I'd look at new next year for sure
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    Hi Tor, Good luck. I am northwest of you about...

    Hi Tor,

    Good luck. I am northwest of you about 1.5 -2 hrs and I have a bush of early taps (50) out since December 16th. The last two days have been a good run and I am about ready to shutdown...
  16. I put mine in the washing machine on hot water...

    I put mine in the washing machine on hot water and the light/gentle cycle with no soap or bleach. After they run I hang them to dry. They get a lot cleaner than just rinsing. I'm sure someone is...
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    That will be interesting to see, for sure. I am...

    That will be interesting to see, for sure. I am guessing you have it isolated so you know what is doing. I hope it works well
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    Just to clarify what I am saying. I am not saying...

    Just to clarify what I am saying. I am not saying it's ok to be sloppy and dirty. It's not ok to have leaky, saggy and spliced up multiple type tubing runs. I'm not saying it's ok to boil bad sap, do...
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    Oh believe me I understand exactly where your...

    Oh believe me I understand exactly where your coming from, Dr Tim. In my career I had statutory authority over a certain agricultural group (no I'm not saying who) and part of that was doing...
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    I'll add a little opinion for contemplation....

    I'll add a little opinion for contemplation. First, I have all 3/16" lines and anywhere from 15-30 taps each. None of my laterals have optimum set ups as to fall and length. I only have two that have...
  21. Amazon has many to choose from...

    Amazon has many to choose from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GNQA35G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

    I bought a submersible for RV water system, just like a bilge pump I...
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    it's easiest to just break off a twig at each...

    it's easiest to just break off a twig at each hole and swab it out. Takes maybe an extra 30 seconds. Actually, I usually break one off as I'm walking to the next tap and have it ready
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    You will have time to run your tubing. a couple...

    You will have time to run your tubing. a couple days work and you'll have it. Two hints, if someone hasn't already made them. Make a spooler or at least run some pipe through the spool of tubing and...
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    That long run and fall from your last tree will...

    That long run and fall from your last tree will actually help you create vacuum. Don't worry about turns and weaves. weaving in and out among threes helps keep tension on your lines. Just don't pinch...
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    You can use a piece of tubing and siphon the...

    You can use a piece of tubing and siphon the flues out without Removing the pan. I have done it dozens of times.
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