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    I have found these factsheets from Cornell very...

    I have found these factsheets from Cornell very helpful. I believe that the invert sugar levels are important. I would avoid pouring the product into a different pan to cool. I would cool it...
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    How strong were the solutions you used?

    How strong were the solutions you used?
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    That half a percent translates to a 28 percent...

    That half a percent translates to a 28 percent deviation from the mean. That's quite a lot.
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    Sounds like feeding oneself is becoming a...

    Sounds like feeding oneself is becoming a heritage skill!
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    Before providing input to this topic I would like...

    Before providing input to this topic I would like to acknowledge that I am not a professional producer and therefore I do not have the stresses that come with making a living as a farmer and the...
  6. Thread: Confused

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    That seems like a possibility but these are...

    That seems like a possibility but these are really large errors that a slight shift in the hydrometer couldn’t account for.
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    Thats a good point. Ken, are you measuring the...

    Thats a good point. Ken, are you measuring the raw sap or the post RO sap?
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    That does seem odd. I suspect there is an error...

    That does seem odd. I suspect there is an error in one of the measurements (original/final volumes, original/final densities).
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    How are you measuring your concentrated and...

    How are you measuring your concentrated and finished products? Temperature? Density?
  10. I have to say that when MA imposed similar...

    I have to say that when MA imposed similar restrictions I was puzzled by it at first. After some thought, I decided the reasoning behind to be fairly obvious. People can get by without haircuts. ...
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    Blissville, I find it richly ironic that you can...

    Blissville, I find it richly ironic that you can simultaneously get upset about rumors spread by forum members while you spread bizarre and irrational conspiracy theories about the government and...
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    People who compare COVID-19 to the flu are...

    People who compare COVID-19 to the flu are missing the point. Yes the flu kills many thousands. However it’s the rate at which this particular Coronavirus spreads (it’s more contagious than flu) and...
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    I had a very similar experience the other day. ...

    I had a very similar experience the other day. Boiled 50 gallons in a sweetened pan and made no syrup. I suspect weak sap. Niter would not have any effect on syrup production. Thermometer is only...
  14. When you say you checked connections I assume you...

    When you say you checked connections I assume you mean you checked that they are tight. Did you double check that it is plumbed correctly?
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    I believe that an 10” pipe is standard for a 2x6 but someone else with more experience will chime in. Having strong draft is a good thing because that is what drives your fire. Yes you lose heat up...
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    I am going to boil this afternoon and then wait...

    I am going to boil this afternoon and then wait it out until after this weekend when a solid freeze is predicted. I tapped just over 3 weeks ago, so I have nothing to lose by waiting a little longer...
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    I am further west and a little higher up. We had...

    I am further west and a little higher up. We had a hard freeze last weekend and a few weak freezes this week. Sap flow has really slowed. The warm days are causing bacterial counts to jump and...
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    Yuck, that’s unfortunate. Did you wash and rinse...

    Yuck, that’s unfortunate. Did you wash and rinse with the concentrate restriction valve fully open?
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    Let us know how it works out. A faulty membrane...

    Let us know how it works out. A faulty membrane would likely pass sugar into the permeate, a condition unrelated to cloudiness in the finished product. What about your canning technique? Are you...
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    Just want to second the notion that there’s no reason that RO would cause cloudy syrup. If it did, then everyone would have the same complaint. Something else is occurring that hopefully isn’t too...
  21. Best of luck to you. Sounds like you’ve made...

    Best of luck to you. Sounds like you’ve made progress. Judicious use of defoamer will allow you to keep the fire hot. The blower should keep the grates open for you. Keep the wood wrist sized and...
  22. Overuse of defoamer can affect syrup. Im not...

    Overuse of defoamer can affect syrup. Im not sure how much is too much. It is my understanding that commercial defoamers work better than vegetable oil. The instructions on the CDL defoamer I use...
  23. Are you saying that you're slowing down the fire...

    Are you saying that you're slowing down the fire in order to keep foaming in the syrup pan under control? Are you using a defoamer? 2 pieces of wood every 7 min doesn't sound like much wood. How...
  24. How often are you adding wood?

    How often are you adding wood?
  25. I doubt the shack or weather have anything to do...

    I doubt the shack or weather have anything to do with it. Are you using a blower? What is your wood situation? One idea is that without a blower and using hardwood fuel your grates are filling up...
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