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    How do I delete a classified ad?

    The item is not sold, but I want to take it down.
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    The acid helped and I gave the pan a good...

    The acid helped and I gave the pan a good rinsing. Now to reassemble and start boiling this weekend.


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    You might be overthinking and/or overdoing it ;)...

    You might be overthinking and/or overdoing it ;)

    I make about 12-18 Gal. a year. As an amateur (I rarely sell syrup, I use it for trade/gifts) I think flavor first, not color. I find it takes me...
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    Thanks, hopefully I can get a new fan installed...

    Thanks, hopefully I can get a new fan installed by Friday or Saturday.
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    I believe the blower is 50 CFM. I have a float...

    I believe the blower is 50 CFM. I have a float box on the side that lets in the sap, there is a small preheat channel in the back of the Smoky Lake pan. Do I need a stronger blower?

    I should be...
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    Thanks for that suggestion. I’ll give it a...

    Thanks for that suggestion. I’ll give it a try.

    My wood is dry, I do small stokes every 5 to 7 minutes. I have never hit 15 gallons per hour, by my estimate the best is around 5 to 8 which...
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    I would NEVER put any metal in my syrup that...

    I would NEVER put any metal in my syrup that isn’t stainless steel or copper.

    I once lost an entire weekend’s batch due to a metallic off flavor from a tiny bit of steel wool I...
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    DIY forced draft grate?

    Hi, I have the steel v-shaped grate that came with my Leader half pint arch. I've mounted a fan on the firebox below the stoking door to increase air turbulence.

    Would it be worth the effort to...
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    Not strange at all, to me! I have the same...

    Not strange at all, to me! I have the same predicament. Luckily my Smoky Lake full pint pan has round holes; I get plugs from the local home-brew shop and put them in with long bbq tongs at the end...
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    I've done it. I'd say it's not much better than...

    I've done it. I'd say it's not much better than Oakite and doesn't completely remove nitre deposits. Neither does the "I use leftover sap at the end of the year. I fill my pans right to the top and...
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    Alright I found this at my local farm supply,...

    Alright I found this at my local farm supply, they just got it in for sugaring season. I will give it a try when it warms up a bit later in the week. Thanks for all the info and suggestions.

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    Unfortunately the closest dealer is 2 hours or so...

    Unfortunately the closest dealer is 2 hours or so away. I can get this at the local homebrew shop, what do you think of this formulation? I know it's not just phosphoric acid, but it is within...
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    Thanks Dr. Tim, Where do I purchase phosphoric...

    Thanks Dr. Tim,

    Where do I purchase phosphoric acid? Is it commonly available in say hardware stores, or more likely need to be ordered?

    Mark
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    19479 Hi, stainless, tig welded, needs to be...

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    Hi, stainless, tig welded, needs to be ready Friday!

    Thanks,

    Mark


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    Sour smelling pan - what do I do?

    I uncovered my pan to get ready to boil later this week. The milk stone was so stubborn last year, I could not get it off the pan completely, and now it smells sour.

    Here's what I've done to try...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180710/9dd7c4e1...

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    Here’s what the stain looks like. It is...

    Here’s what the stain looks like. It is strongly adhered to the pan.

    Last year I did a 50/50 vinegar water soak for a couple of days and it didn’t really make a difference.


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    Stubborn white stains on pans

    I’m looking for any advice on getting rid of stubborn white mineral deposits in the bottom of sugaring pans.

    Two seasons ago I soaked my pan in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water and then...
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    Franklin county is it over already? Woody sap.

    I tasted some sap today and it seems like it's already turning woody. Still sweet, about 2 1/2%. Should I boil it or are we done?
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    Great! Good on ya.

    Great! Good on ya.
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    Me too. MarkL

    Me too.

    MarkL
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    WOW! That's great.

    WOW! That's great.
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    Franklin County 2016

    Anyone tapping yet? I'm in the Valley, tempted to start but might hold off a week or so. No point tapping when there's rain coming...

    MarkL
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    Am I missing a run by not tapping 2/1/16?

    What a weird winter. Seems like I should probably tap, given this week's forecast. What does anyone else think?
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    Can you describe the taste?

    Can you describe the taste?
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