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    Sugar Crystals In syrup

    I have a bottle of syrup I kept in the fridge for a while that has a half inch of crystals in the bottom. IS that the excess sugar because I made it to thick and is the remainder the correct pct....
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    I have an old cooler in my woods that I put my...

    I have an old cooler in my woods that I put my pump and battery in at night. I can pump at least 200 gal 8 ft. up for 400 ft. over the course of 3 to 5 days depending on sap flow before I need a...
  3. Thread: Cottonwood

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    Cottonwood has zero resistance to decay. If you...

    Cottonwood has zero resistance to decay. If you have good ventilation on the inside year round it would be good but otherwise you might get mildew on the wood. Cotton wood was used a lot on the...
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I did treat it as...

    Thanks for the replies guys. I did treat it as metabolic to enhance the flavor and darken it. It worked great although it isn't fun watching the pot slowly rise to 240 degrees. It turned a nice...
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    Thinking of taking it up to 240 degrees and then...

    Thinking of taking it up to 240 degrees and then adding water to proper density like if it had a metabolic flavor. According to that report doing so darkens the syrup and can enhance the flavor. ...
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    Can flavor be lost with time

    I can my syrup in 2 qt. jars after making sure the brix is spot on and its filtered. Then I will bottle it as need be at later dates. Worked fine in the past. This year I made a lot of light...
  7. Thread: Winter, WI

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    How much snow have you gotten so far? You're...

    How much snow have you gotten so far? You're having a good season. Mine hasn't been so good. Only 5 gal. so far. Want to get back up there Saturday but that depends on the snow.. My season...
  8. Thread: Winter, WI

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    For the others in the Winter area, how is your...

    For the others in the Winter area, how is your syrup tasting? Boiled again on the 30th and made metabolic syrup again. Took it to 240 degrees two times to get that flavor out and the syrup was...
  9. Thread: Winter, WI

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    Bought a new sap hydrometer and it said I had 60...

    Bought a new sap hydrometer and it said I had 60 gal. of 3.4 sap in my tank. Never had that high. Hope the hydrometer is accurate. But I did get 2 gal. of very metabolic syrup. Hope it clears up....
  10. Thread: Couple Questions

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    I was very pleased with my sap sugar content this...

    I was very pleased with my sap sugar content this year and it's reassuring to know it wasn't reading high due to colder sap.

    Both my partner and I agree the boil rate goes down as the syrup...
  11. Thread: Couple Questions

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    Couple Questions

    In looking at my sap vs. syrup totals I came to some questions so I ask those who know.
    My sap hydrometer is calibrated at 38*F. A lot of my readings were taken mornings with ice in the tank, I...
  12. Thread: Winter, WI

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    Austin, Just got back from the cabin. Thursday...

    Austin, Just got back from the cabin. Thursday was nuts. Don't have enough wood left to do another big boil. Boiled Thur., Fri., and Sat. Way to end the season with a bang. If I had internet at...
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    Well I'm going to try to get to the sugar bush...

    Well I'm going to try to get to the sugar bush this afternoon. Austin I hope your 12 inches of snow is close. My land is at the end of a mile long dead end. I will put chains on. Hope to get two...
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    Your optimizer works as described. I can filter...

    Your optimizer works as described. I can filter 2X the syrup at one time than I used to. Pour in the syrup and put my pot cover on and it stays hot and I don't lose as much steam affecting my...
  15. Thread: Tasteless syrup?

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    You could try treating it like metabolic syrup. ...

    You could try treating it like metabolic syrup. Read the report from UVM Dr. Tim . If you take the syrup to 240* it darkens and more of the positive flavor molecules develop. Then add distilled...
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    Very nice of you to do that for others. Nice job!

    Very nice of you to do that for others. Nice job!
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    Austin, I'm off old J. Cabin can't be seen from...

    Austin, I'm off old J. Cabin can't be seen from the road. I see you have reds. I tap all sugars. Around 3.2% which is highest in 5 years. 75 bags and I've made 4.5 gal. so far which is really...
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    nice looking first syrup. I wish I could make...

    nice looking first syrup. I wish I could make some. All mine is dark and I got some metabolic flavor. I'm 5 miles due south of winter on a hill. Where are you? I have an oil tank evaporator too...
  19. Thread: Taps Are In

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    I agree the soule are the best. I ruined mine...

    I agree the soule are the best. I ruined mine last year soaked them in too strong a bleach solution. Pitted them. Tried the sap meisters and the sap ran back on them and hit the side of the bag...
  20. Thread: Taps Are In

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    Lethalbowman, what kind of taps do you use?

    Lethalbowman, what kind of taps do you use?
  21. Thread: Metabolism

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    I can taste metabolism as soon as I get it to...

    I can taste metabolism as soon as I get it to syrup.
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    Although I never used buckets my father used 5...

    Although I never used buckets my father used 5 gal. jugs on his 70 tap operation and it was a chore to wash all those jugs. I started using the jugs also but soon found the same chore as I expanded....
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    I don't want my bags to blow off. I thought...

    I don't want my bags to blow off. I thought about putting a washer on each tap to hold the bag on. Already thinking of the season ahead. I did read that the leader check valves are better designed...
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    Disposable Spouts for Bags

    What are good one year spouts to use with the galvanized sap sack holders? I'm thinking the CDL health spout would be a good one. I don't want to wash spouts every year and I'm expanding this...
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    Gluten free defoamer?

    Had a potential customer ask me if my syrup was gluten free. I know syrup is gluten free. I use CDL Aldo HMS Kosher powder. Is it gluten free. Anyone ever have this question? I should know...
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