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    We used to get an occasional crystal as big as a...

    We used to get an occasional crystal as big as a ping-pong ball in a quart jar of syrup. This is almost enough sugar to make another pint, so do the math. Better procedure using the hydrometer and...
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    A more useful number would be the average price...

    A more useful number would be the average price per unit received by the producer. I see no point in working so hard to produce more and more just to receive slave wages.
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    If it's the "only one" in your woods...why would...

    If it's the "only one" in your woods...why would you cut it down? A bit of diversity is good in any woods isn't it?
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    So I'm looking for someone in central New York...

    So I'm looking for someone in central New York that would gather some Sassafras seeds next fall. The climate has warmed so much in the past 40 years that I'm sure I could grow them here in Potsdam....
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    Clearly there are too many lawyers in the world...

    Clearly there are too many lawyers in the world...
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    I bottle everything in glass except a few special...

    I bottle everything in glass except a few special orders for folks taking syrup to Europe. I re-use plenty of jugs, which I wash, and are as clean as surgical instruments. That's the beauty of glass.
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    Gosh that's a question with too many variables....

    Gosh that's a question with too many variables. The biggest factor would be where you are; 200 acres is worth way more in one area than another. Secondly, you have to recognize that sellers are...
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    I would worry more about hot spots. My front pan...

    I would worry more about hot spots. My front pan has a few little ripples and i get around that risk by running the pan just a bit deeper.
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    The steam from my partly covered front pan alone...

    The steam from my partly covered front pan alone will wet every surface in my 14'x34' building. If your pans are covered with a closed steam hood, all the steam will be pushed out through the stacks...
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    My code enforcement office would not give me a...

    My code enforcement office would not give me a building permit to build a sugar-house. He wouldn't give me a permit to build an agricultural building in the Village either, so we ended up with a...
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    It will likely not be worth your time. That...

    It will likely not be worth your time. That fermented aroma is the yeast converting all your sugar into alcohol. Don't throw it away. Put it into some sort of container that can be air-locked and let...
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    Ticks

    With temperatures in the 60s we decided to wrap it up a little early. I don't like the look of the sap when it's 67 degrees and the sugar content down to 1%, there's not much left when the yeasts...
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    Sit down with a whole stack of paper and include...

    Sit down with a whole stack of paper and include everything. What it will actually take to put up a sugarhouse, including driveway construction, electrical service, drilling a well and all the labor...
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    Save the Simple Green for the garage. It works...

    Save the Simple Green for the garage. It works really well at getting the greasy gunk off of power machinery, mowers and such but it stinks.
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    Stove polish. You can put it on warm or cold and...

    Stove polish. You can put it on warm or cold and it doesn't smoke or burn off.
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    I've got one more tank to boil through tomorrow...

    I've got one more tank to boil through tomorrow morning and then drain and boil the rest tomorrow afternoon. Over the last few days we watched the sugar content drop from 4% down to 3% and on down to...
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    One advantage to using oil is that you wouldn't...

    One advantage to using oil is that you wouldn't need to worry about the unit freezing if left out in a cold sugarhouse.
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    So many variables. Are they Sugar Maples, or...

    So many variables. Are they Sugar Maples, or perhaps some other like Red or Silver Maples? Are they healthy trees? or, could you have tapped into an unhealthy, previously tapped spot? Do they stand...
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    I'm seeing one more cold night, and then it's...

    I'm seeing one more cold night, and then it's warm for several days. This could be it. I'll be short of last year's total but it was an easy year. High sugar content sure makes a difference.
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    Spend more time working on a marketing strategy...

    Spend more time working on a marketing strategy and you won't care about the bulk price. Every drop I make goes at $52 and I see no logical reason to enrich some other fellow with all my hard labor.
  21. That's an excellent yield. The trees around here...

    That's an excellent yield. The trees around here were sweeter this year.
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    I've had some amazing big runs this week, and...

    I've had some amazing big runs this week, and plenty of boiling to do again tomorrow. My sap is coming in at 4% so production is high.
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    I've always been amused that you can go to...

    I've always been amused that you can go to Tractor Supply and get what they call a 170 gallon stock tank....but they come in units of three stacked inside each other. The biggest one is almost 5...
  24. Heh! They never chew on my buckets.

    Heh! They never chew on my buckets.
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    Sorry, that was 480 gallons and it gave me 14.75...

    Sorry, that was 480 gallons and it gave me 14.75 gallons of syrup. Boy if would only do that every day.
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