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    We just took a taste of it and calling it sour is...

    We just took a taste of it and calling it sour is probably not accurate. It is very strong, almost having a coffee taste, not something I think you would want on your pancakes. It is not ropey, has...
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    Any use for sour syrup

    Due to some personal issues that came up, we were late getting our last run of sap processed. We run small batches and have about 1.5 gallons of syrup that has a "not so good" taste. Is there...
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    What do you folks consider "near syrup"? I ask...

    What do you folks consider "near syrup"? I ask because due to an issue we had to stop with about 4.5 gallons at 45% to 50% sugar on Monday night. The near syrup is outside where the temp has been...
  4. Going to start tapping this afternoon in Raleigh County.

    Looks like it is shaping up for a good run this weekend and hopefully a couple more over the next 2 weeks.
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    Kettle Corn Try

    Wanted to see if anyone had came up with anything else here. I buy kettle corn from a husband and wife that set up near my house once or twice a month. This weekend we experimented with making...
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    No answer, but a similar problem. We have about...

    No answer, but a similar problem. We have about 45 taps on vacuum pump and about 125 on natural vacuum 3/16" lines (total of 7 lines). Sugar has been low all season. At the beginning of the last...
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    What happens if you boil old sap?

    I have seen and read a number of posts about how long sap will keep, how to preserve concentrate by refrigeration, etc. We are in our third year of making syrup and our first year of making any real...
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    Probably no help here....we hooked ours up to...

    Probably no help here....we hooked ours up to some tubing and pumped water out of a 5 gal bucket to make sure it worked. It did fine, but since we had it in water I have no idea if it had fluid in...
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    We just purchased one of these pumps and our test...

    We just purchased one of these pumps and our test went well, but we have not put it into service yet...looks like tomorrow may be the day. Can you be a bit more descriptive about how you were...
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    Interested in this also. We have a 3/16 line we...

    Interested in this also. We have a 3/16 line we ran this season that is about that length. We have nearly a 300' vertical drop along that line, so we expect it will do fine. Looking to tap it this...
  11. First time working with vacuum, but based on what...

    First time working with vacuum, but based on what I have picked up on here I expect about 24 hours with a battery.
  12. Dave, what was the elevation change for your...

    Dave, what was the elevation change for your transfer? We had thought about using the pump in this manner also.
  13. Has anyone connected a Shurflo to a cigarette lighter plug?

    We are getting a Shurflo 4008 for a vacuum on about 35 taps. We also have a battery jump starter item with a cigarette lighter adapter that claims it can run a small pump for 8 hours. Question is...
  14. We are looking to sell at Farmer's market and/or...

    We are looking to sell at Farmer's market and/or local flee market. Also know a small store owner and could possibly go there also. Will also continue to sell to friends and family.
  15. When to Convert to Business and Obtain Product Insurance

    This is our third year of making syrup. Year one was an experiment and we made a couple pints. Last year we added a gravity vacuum system and make a few gallons which we sold/gave to family,...
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    Thanks Clinkis....is this the type of vacuum...

    Thanks Clinkis....is this the type of vacuum system you run?
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    Vacuum Pump with Generator

    We obtained an additional acre for our sugar patch which will allow us to run our natural gravity lines with an additional 15' of drop. On the new site are enough maples for about 35 additional...
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    Thanks for the info. This will be our first RO,...

    Thanks for the info. This will be our first RO, we expect about 100 taps this coming season and was hoping to get to a 10-12% sugar content using RO. Last year was our first try an making more that...
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    We are looking at building our first RO for the...

    We are looking at building our first RO for the upcoming season. What would be your thoughts about adding a couple more membranes in order to get to a 10 - 12 percent concentrate? Biggest questions...
  20. An update and a thank you to the folks who...

    An update and a thank you to the folks who provided advise. Through this site, our state CDL rep (WESTVIRGINIAMAPLER) sent me a note that he lived 5 miles from us. He came out to our bush and...
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    My calculation agrees.

    My calculation agrees.
  22. Began Tapping Jan 25 in Raleigh County

    Beginner at this...tapped 10 trees on March 1 last year. Started tapping on January 25 this year, have 40 in and looking for about 10 more this weekend. When do folks generally tap in WV?
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    Do you know the type/size of line you will be...

    Do you know the type/size of line you will be using for the 2000 feet and the gallons per minute you may want to pump?
  24. Thanks for the input and no, I am not ready for...

    Thanks for the input and no, I am not ready for that kind of volume. My current evaporator in layman's terms is referred to as a "turkey fryer", however my son and I are in the process of...
  25. Did you state that correct or should it have...

    Did you state that correct or should it have ended "...to get less sap."?
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