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  1. Maple Vinegar- bottled my first attempt today

    My daughters found a cook book with Native American recipes that called for Maple vinegar. So of course dad got tagged to make some. I couldn't find many resources, but I gave it a try. I used sweet...
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    I also finish on propane. I hang my cup over the...

    I also finish on propane. I hang my cup over the lip of the evaporator too. I have stuck a probe in my cup while reading and it varies from 208-211. so I do all my syrup a tad on the heavy side and...
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    Best is to fill the cup once or twice dump it out...

    Best is to fill the cup once or twice dump it out and then check with the hydrometer. Do it right from the finisher at 219-220, the cup will rob some heat from the syrup and you'll be close to 211. I...
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    The only thing I use temperature for is to...

    The only thing I use temperature for is to determine when I should unpack the Hydrometer. I had a day this year when both my thermometers went down. I never even missed a beat. Since I finish on...
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    I have a smokey lake full pint hybrid and it has...

    I have a smokey lake full pint hybrid and it has a float box, the inlet is 1" I believe. I have seen pictures of the float on the supreme and never thought it looked like a good design
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    I still think your just dealing with a year where...

    I still think your just dealing with a year where your sugar sand is finer and a different consistency, it's not you. I had a year like that about 4 years ago and never was able to completely resolve...
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    Yes you'll be ok just run it through a sieve and...

    Yes you'll be ok just run it through a sieve and get the crystals out ( save them for candy). I'd go ahead and heat it and just thin it as is, why add it back. It won't take much liquid to bring it...
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    I have never left sap in a head tank. If I can't...

    I have never left sap in a head tank. If I can't boil it I move it to storage tanks, but I usually boil all I have being small.
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    https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/di...

    https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/5773/files/2016/06/Confection-Notebook5th-edition-tz3j4x.pdf

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9F3vyHr-1U

    The two links above will get you...
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    As long as it isn't crystals then you can...

    As long as it isn't crystals then you can reconstitute any stage. Just add hot distilled water or boiled and filtered sap. You'll just have to add a little and bring to a boil then keep adjusting and...
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    I used a lot of mesh screens in my career and...

    I used a lot of mesh screens in my career and many were very fine Micron size. The biggest issue with these metal and synthetic products is total open area percentage. You can find many with the...
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    I imagine that gap will fill up with nitre and...

    I imagine that gap will fill up with nitre and probably burn enough to seal it. You won't notice any change in syrup quality.
  13. I agree with everyone that you have reached the...

    I agree with everyone that you have reached the life of your filters. I Hot water soak them for an hour, hot water rinse back out the way syrup went in and I hang them to dry. They get much cleaner...
  14. I wouldn't even try and fathom taking down my...

    I wouldn't even try and fathom taking down my lines.....visions of a major cluster muck. Sanitation would be the same as leaving up, although you could submerge the whole bundle in a tank of calcium...
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    Personally I never let sap sit, I boil daily. If...

    Personally I never let sap sit, I boil daily. If it's just cloudy it's most likely ok. The best test is boil a small amount in a pan on the stove and smell the team and taste the concentrated sap...
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    Congrats on the retirement, you got this part...

    Congrats on the retirement, you got this part wrong, . I thought the same thing when I retired and now I have more irons in the fire and work harder, but it's all for me. I also have a harder...
  17. Yup I solved it.....How much is the answer worth...

    Yup I solved it.....How much is the answer worth to you:lol:

    On the serious side. I bought the full pint hybrid pan about 7 years ago. My first season was frustrating as I had the same problem,...
  18. I am SE of you a couple hours and I pulled the...

    I am SE of you a couple hours and I pulled the plug last Monday. I have already pulled my taps, filled my lines with Calcium Hypochloride flushed, drained and capped. All my tanks are sanitized and...
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    I have noticed that hobby and new producers...

    I have noticed that hobby and new producers (those without presses) seem to avoid filtering like it's a disease. I was very much this way early in my sugaring years. I think it's partly over loosing...
  20. When you start up in the morning and come to a...

    When you start up in the morning and come to a boil then draw some off the syrup section and gradually add it back once the unit is "ripping
    " as you said. That helps pull near syrup down out of...
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    I noticed....a whole truck load of Stihls and he...

    I noticed....a whole truck load of Stihls and he has a Husky in his hand
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    I agree with Phil-t, run the evaporator at peak...

    I agree with Phil-t, run the evaporator at peak efficiency and then go work. You can easily turn a 4 hour boil into 6-8 hrs if you don't tend your fire and you'll have a whole pan batch boil. I have...
  23. I have used the thermos method for years. I put...

    I have used the thermos method for years. I put hot sap in it and it keeps the hydrometer hot and clean. I will change it out at least a couple times a day.
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    I would cut it out. I stopped doing what your...

    I would cut it out. I stopped doing what your doing after having the same thing happen. Now I run a wire through enough tubing to go around the tree and then hook my end line hook over that. I am...
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    I hope you'll see the same thing I did. My season...

    I hope you'll see the same thing I did. My season started out the same way then the dam broke and it was a flood. My season is over now and it was my best in 10 years. If things transfer North east...
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