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    Lots to learn here, thank you all for sharing...

    Lots to learn here, thank you all for sharing your experience. I think Iím going to move to a more regular wash next season but not every cycle since I donít run mine as intensively as others. Iím...
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    Wash frequency - 1st year RO

    Hi, Iím looking for input on how often you run a Wash of your RO membranes with soap that is.

    I have a small system 50 gph water removal, single membrane. Purchase from a small vendor,
    Paul...
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    Thanks Big Eddy. That was a helpful article.

    Thanks Big Eddy. That was a helpful article.
  4. Thread: More syrup

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    More syrup

    This is a day late but you might get a kick out of it.
    https://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/corn-syrup
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    What a day yesterday. Biggest sap hail of the...

    What a day yesterday. Biggest sap hail of the season for me. Some of the taps or containers have cloudier sap,
    Some still clear. I know that can be just fine, I canít taste a difference in the sap...
  6. Thread: Sugar sand

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    Iím Wondering if you cleaned the pan between batches? Niter build up from the first world affect the second.
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    Embarrassed moment for a ďstill a newbieĒ, as Iím reading this and learning more than I knew about using a hydrometer. I always use one to determine when I drawoff, but Iíve only used the top red...
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    As a recent newbie, Iíll add to what others have said already. To get the right density (not too thin) you need to use a hydrometer. $20 at the hardware store. I wholeheartedly agree with the poster...
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    I like this approach using either tubing or a...

    I like this approach using either tubing or a metal drill stop. When I tried it this season I noticed I needed to adjust depending on the bark of each tree, smooth and then depth or gnarly and...
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    Ok good to know Iím on the right track. Iíll experiment with it the way you did to reduce that length. My stack is 8Ē (or 10? I have to double check but I think 8), so Iím wondering what that...
  11. Air gap design to raised flue in 2x5 evaporator

    I’m having a good season in MA, Probably finishing up this week, with 125 taps, Hopefully 25+ gallons. Here’s an evaporator question. My Lapierre Jr 2x5 has run great, no complaints (with the...
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    Iíd expect closer to 12-15gph which is about what I got a couple years ago with a 19x48 Mini-pro, raised flu and syrup pan. 20-25 gph is what Iím currently getting from my 2x5 which is 50% bigger...
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    Sugaring seems to be finally in full swing in MA,...

    Sugaring seems to be finally in full swing in MA, certainly in Harvard anyway. On 125 taps, a new high for me, ive collected roughly 900 gallons of sap and the runs over the past week are closer to...
  14. Zucker, how are the lids attached to your...

    Zucker, how are the lids attached to your barrels? They donít seem to have the metal clamp that holds the top on. Did you plastic weld them on like your bucket?
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    Made my first syrup of the season last night,...

    Made my first syrup of the season last night, after a few mistakes the last two weeks cost me at least 6 gallons of production. Sap is finally starting to flow strongly. But maybe only for another...
  16. Thread: ro problem

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    Wondering if youíve figured out the lack of pressure you were experiencing? Iím also new to RO and had no pressure last night but I hadnít closed the outlet valve enough. It was late so I didnít feel...
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    Thanks John. I remember the finger straw...

    Thanks John. I remember the finger straw experiment. It helps with my understanding. So when I see sap hanging in a drop seeming to not move down to the lateral, that can be ok since itís cintinuing...
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    Dave, I wasnít sure why you were wondering about my estimate of lost sap. Itís based on observations of the flow of sap on each line and how quickly tanks fill up. If a tank gets to half full in a...
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    Also depends on the weather, warmer temps breed...

    Also depends on the weather, warmer temps breed more bacteria but if it stays cold itíll keep longer. If it gets warm you might need to boil every day or other day to kill new bacteria before youíre...
  20. Hi, wondering if you could explain your sealing...

    Hi, wondering if you could explain your sealing method for the tops, ďplastic weldingĒ and putting on ďgamaĒ, as Iíve been having trouble with leaking out of mine. I use them for sap Collection in...
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    Different reasons. Theyíre tall standing up so laying in their side makes it easier to run lines into them especially as I donít have excess slope to play with if I had to end the line a foot higher...
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    I leave these barrels in place on their sides. I...

    I leave these barrels in place on their sides. I don’t move them. I cut a hole thru the side facing up and run my lines into it. These barrels I’m sure are made to stand up so I’m not sure the lids...
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    Leaking poly collection tank

    With 120 taps on tubing Iím using several free or cheap money 50-55 gallon recycled plastic or poly drums at the bottom of my lines. Theyíre previously used mostly for food prep somewhere else, so...
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    Id like to understand this better, why itís normal. Iím seeing similar results to Obidiah - multiple taps and drops with sap sitting in them not moving or flowing into the lateral. My lines are 3/16...
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    Update - Iíve been in touch with Lapierre - theyíve been very helpful. Without going into detail they want to see the pan to understand what happened and want a happy customer so theyíre working with...
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