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    There's no such thing as a schedule during maple...

    There's no such thing as a schedule during maple season - you're a slave to the trees. Make a plan and then expect the plan to go off the rails quickly! You can have near perfect conditions and take...
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    For my syrup pan I know the top of the cutout...

    For my syrup pan I know the top of the cutout from the float box to the rear channel is exactly 2" and that's what I use to set my depth.
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    You'll find that many measurements in the maple...

    You'll find that many measurements in the maple industry are US Gallons - tank sizes, RO flow rates, pumps etc... Stainless drums are normally 35 Imperial Gallons or just shy of 160L per drum,...
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    The blurred line can be caused by the 'film' that...

    The blurred line can be caused by the 'film' that will form on the surface of those couple of drops of syrup as it cools. The unit gets calibrated at 68 F if my memory is correct so let the syrup...
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    Greg - we did a test of the black CV adapters in...

    Greg - we did a test of the black CV adapters in 2010 and have slowly switched over to them. One thing you'll need to consider is changing your end of season washing because you can't pump water...
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    Dr Tim - I am really looking forward to reading...

    Dr Tim - I am really looking forward to reading your article in the Maple Digest. They are always well intentioned, thorough and unbiased.

    Do research projects always work out? Absolutely not -...
  7. Thread: Buying Sap

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    Now that I think of it - I know of at least 1...

    Now that I think of it - I know of at least 1 producer who buys sap from a neighbour. I believe his arrangement is 50% finished product to the seller and he keeps 50% for processing it.
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    I'm not aware of anyone in Ontario buying sap but...

    I'm not aware of anyone in Ontario buying sap but no doubt there are some out there.
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    Worst case if there's a small leak you put a...

    Worst case if there's a small leak you put a container below to catch the drips overnight. Not ideal but you won't lose anything.
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    Whatever size you pick will be too small in 5...

    Whatever size you pick will be too small in 5 years! Sugarmakers are like goldfish - we grow to the size of the bowl.

    I highly recommend you visit a number of producers that have similar setups to...
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    Our gypsy moth caterpillars stopped defoliating...

    Our gypsy moth caterpillars stopped defoliating trees a few weeks ago - and either died from the virus that's starting to knock them back, or have since turned into moths. Luckily they've mostly left...
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    If they remain fully open after a couple of years...

    If they remain fully open after a couple of years the tree is in poor condition and not growing very fast. If you're looking at this year's tapholes they will still be mostly open. 2020 tapholes...
  13. Thread: Gypsy moths

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    Eastern Ontario is in a full peak infestation of...

    Eastern Ontario is in a full peak infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars this year. Last year they stripped the oaks, basswood, poplar and birch trees before moving on to the maples and even some...
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    Dr Tim is right - you'll still get moisture in...

    Dr Tim is right - you'll still get moisture in that line no matter how perfectly your releaser is functioning. One day this season I had one remote releaser 500 feet from the vacuum pump that would...
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    That's a great yield for 2021 Paul. Many of us...

    That's a great yield for 2021 Paul. Many of us were dealing with 1.5% sap for much of the season and I've heard from many producers who got 2/3 of a crop. These darn gypsy moth caterpillars...
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    One of the maple producers near us planted a...

    One of the maple producers near us planted a couple acre orchard of 8-10 foot high maple saplings after the 1998 ice storm. I believe they tapped it for the first time last year. Those trees are...
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    Peter, The producers near us that have...

    Peter,

    The producers near us that have underground mainlines have been able to do it because they have a lot of sand and gravel and can get below frost line. We are unable to do it because of...
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    Sugar crystals are definitely because you drew...

    Sugar crystals are definitely because you drew the syrup off too thick and didn't adjust back down with distilled water. When you batch boil (which happens more at the end of the season) this is much...
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    Every one of my customers that makes a few Litres...

    Every one of my customers that makes a few Litres of their own still buys from me because our syrup is cheaper when you factor in the equipment and fuel costs - plus repainting the kitchen!
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    We would still be down about 10% from a normal...

    We would still be down about 10% from a normal year.. Always tough to compare apples to apples because we're making improvements every year that increase what a normal yield should be. At one point...
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    We have to increase our defoamer usage late in...

    We have to increase our defoamer usage late in the season to keep the syrup pans from overtopping the partitions. Whenever possible we only add defoamer to the incoming sap (concentrate) but late in...
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    We finished our last boil on Tuesday. We got a...

    We finished our last boil on Tuesday. We got a freezeup on Monday night but barely got 1000 gallons (1/4 GPT) on Tuesday so it was obvious we were done. The syrup we were making was still good and...
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    It's looking like today might be our last for...

    It's looking like today might be our last for this season. We've been getting decent sap for the last week but sugar content has been way down at 1.5-1.7%. We had a small boil Saturday to clean up...
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    We've had the flue pan turn snotty on us in less...

    We've had the flue pan turn snotty on us in less than 36 hours at the end of the season. Keep an eye on it and if you can drain it and store the sweet somewhere colder you'll have les risk of it...
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    Yes - if we have very dark sweet in the pans...

    Yes - if we have very dark sweet in the pans we'll drain them and throw in a barrel if we know there's a freeze up coming and we'll get clean, fresh sap. The very dark sweet will get slowly added...
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