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    If you search around on here, there is a ton of...

    If you search around on here, there is a ton of discussion on this topic. There are also studies/publications by UVM and Cornell that go into great detail. CV spouts replaced every year, along with...
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    Easy Off and a pressure washer.

    Easy Off and a pressure washer.
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    I have been fairly consistent through the years...

    I have been fairly consistent through the years in my little microclimate. This year I have an average of 21.6 gallons per tap and I'm a bit over 1/3-gal syrup per tap. These are woods sugar maples....
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    Love your stained glass window! I have a friend...

    Love your stained glass window! I have a friend with the same thing. About 20-years worth of boils in his collection. Agree about the hydrometer.
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    It is a temporary grading kit. It has sample...

    It is a temporary grading kit. It has sample bottles of each grade for a given year. You fill a sample bottle, hold it up to a white background and see where your syrup fits with the "official"...
  6. If time is money, I doubt you will save much...

    If time is money, I doubt you will save much (there are quite a number of posts on here indicating as such). Many people on here struggle with home built RO systems...and you can see all the people...
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    I am at 850 ft and had the same thing happen on...

    I am at 850 ft and had the same thing happen on Saturday.
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    What snow?! All gone here...even the snowbanks. A...

    What snow?! All gone here...even the snowbanks. A crazy non-winter for us.
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    Yes, I mean cooked a bit too long - but you would...

    Yes, I mean cooked a bit too long - but you would have to know the barometric pressure. If you search on here you will find a link or two to correction tables for boiling point of water with a given...
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    A lot of folks on here have noted that there are...

    A lot of folks on here have noted that there are fine niter issues this season. I'd go with taste, though. If it tastes good, then it IS good! You'll hear a lot about heating vs. not heating glass...
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    I'm sure the experts will start asking questions...

    I'm sure the experts will start asking questions like: did you make proper density (hydrometer, temperature compensated)? What was your filtering method? What kind of filter do you use? Pre-filters,...
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    I tapped on 2 February...then things got cold (of...

    I tapped on 2 February...then things got cold (of course!). Two and half weeks ago it got up to 70 here and I thought we were done - and it would have been a horrible year. But it got cold for a few...
  13. You might want to try an acid wash and then a...

    You might want to try an acid wash and then a soap wash/rinse. I bet you will see some really great improvements.
  14. That stop is really helpful to lock down the...

    That stop is really helpful to lock down the exact location (setting) of the needle valve if you take a break midway through processing the sap and wash the membranes with permeate. When you open up...
  15. Something isn't adding up here... This is a...

    Something isn't adding up here...

    This is a long shot and I'm virtually certain isn't the issue, but have you tried to move up to a 3/8" line where the two 1/4" permeate lines come off the bottom...
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    Check your initial - pre RO sugar content. Like...

    Check your initial - pre RO sugar content. Like General Stark said, we are all having low sugar years. But, I've gotten more sap than previous years, so I'm going to net out making more syrup this...
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    Have you checked for sugar in your permeate?...

    Have you checked for sugar in your permeate? Sometimes the membranes fail/crack - it can be really hard to spot - and you loose some sugar that way. I always check my permeate to be certain is is all...
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    I'm curious. Has anyone tried pulling syrup one...

    I'm curious. Has anyone tried pulling syrup one Brix heavy off the evaporator and then mixing with low density stuff to make it perfect density when bottling from the range top? That might avoid some...
  19. I wouldn't try putting 400psi across those 400gpd...

    I wouldn't try putting 400psi across those 400gpd membranes or you'll have a disaster on your hands. Those are likely designed for 150psi. But everything needs to be balanced and your pumps need to...
  20. How much is coming out your permeate line, and...

    How much is coming out your permeate line, and how much is coming out of your concentrate line (per hour)? Do you have a needle valve on your concentrate line after the membranes? If they are in...
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    If that is a 150-psi max pump, I'd dial it up to...

    If that is a 150-psi max pump, I'd dial it up to 8% concentrate. You'll save a ton of time and energy over 5% concentrate. Did the pressure spike before the leaks occurred? Have you rinsed/washed...
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    I assume you washed the system with permeate/non...

    I assume you washed the system with permeate/non chlorinated water prior to using it? Was the concentrate mostly clear (perhaps a green tint) and did it taste "normal" (very sweet sap)? I usually...
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    At the end of the season I do a 50/50...

    At the end of the season I do a 50/50 vinegar/permeate water mix in my evaporator. Bring to a rolling boil. Walk away. Come back a few days later and the thing shines like it is brand new with...
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    Great idea, thanks for sharing! I'm going to pick...

    Great idea, thanks for sharing! I'm going to pick one of those up. It looks like it will fit through the 8" cap in my bulk tank so I can warm all of the sap as I process. That will make a huge...
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    I'm right between all of you (latitude) and if...

    I'm right between all of you (latitude) and if things don't turn around tomorrow/Monday, it will be my worst year ever. If they do turn around, and next week holds to predictions and the buds delay a...
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