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  1. Another option to look at may be Daryl Sheets 5"...

    Another option to look at may be Daryl Sheets 5" hand pump filter press. You could adjust the number of plates according to your batch size and at a pretty fair price. Our first year we made 40...
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    After a busy summer, I'm finally getting back to...

    After a busy summer, I'm finally getting back to syrup stuff. Over the summer, my wife and I disassembled the sugar shack and moved it to the house. We decided to locate the sugar shack in a corner...
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    My wife and I made pancakes and bacon for dinner...

    My wife and I made pancakes and bacon for dinner last evening and had some coffee infused syrup on the pancakes. My wife asked if the coffee infused syrup (we infuse by putting whole beans in with...
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    Elementary school library

    My wife is the librarian (I know I'm lucky) at 2 elementary schools with very few books about maple syrup.She and I have been purchasing 1 book a year but was wondering if any of you would have...
  5. I'm no expert by any means so other may disagree...

    I'm no expert by any means so other may disagree but I have stored maple candy for 42 days in refrigerated sealed bags with success.

    In central PA, your price seems high. I sell three pieces (1oz....
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    John, would you mind further explaining the taste...

    John, would you mind further explaining the taste comment. I was under the impression that the taste was the same taste that you would expect from the color of the syrup that was created.

    I am...
  7. Fred, my apologies. That item of a tap or cap...

    Fred, my apologies. That item of a tap or cap that seals is the item that I am talking about. That someone has the patent process started typically means that they have successfully developed an item...
  8. Because the primary reason given is the lack of...

    Because the primary reason given is the lack of commercially made caps because of the patient process, I believe that means come up with your own method of fabricating a cap that seals for your own...
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    If I am recalling what I have read correctly, if...

    If I am recalling what I have read correctly, if you introduce air into the sap while the sap is cooking it may and usually does lighten the color and subsequent taste of the finished syrup but if...
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    It has to do with the invert of the sugar in the...

    It has to do with the invert of the sugar in the syrup. If I recall correctly, the New York State Confection Notebook talks about it in detail. I found a free download of that book about a year ago....
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    Received exciting news today. My township has...

    Received exciting news today. My township has reviewed everything and I have the go ahead. For most of the new sugar house build, I meet exemptions. I like when everything comes together. Now I need...
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    I'm adding a second tower to the RO, extending my...

    I'm adding a second tower to the RO, extending my mainline and adding taps. Moving the sugar shack to the house also that way I can buy more toys next year. Go to love an excuse to buy toys.
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    There is about a mile and a half and my house is...

    There is about a mile and a half and my house is on the north side of the road with the sugar bush located on the south side of the same road. I will be looking into piping as gravity would be an...
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    I did look into solar. Still pretty expensive...

    I did look into solar. Still pretty expensive considering that I would still need to invest in the solar system, a water heater, a heat system and the access if I ever want guests or customers to...
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    So my wife and I sat down and did a lot of...

    So my wife and I sat down and did a lot of contemplating over the last few weeks. When I received my energy management plan, it seems that I could be doing a lot better energy wise and when I started...
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    I put spring loaded Cam's on mine to get them...

    I put spring loaded Cam's on mine to get them started. It basically looks like a longer wooden version of the rocker arm in an engine with the spring fastened to the rocker instead of on the cam...
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    I plan to double my taps again and add a membrane...

    I plan to double my taps again and add a membrane to the RO. Already built and filled a woodshed. I cleared and am cleaning up a 1 acre area and will be planting wildflowers in it in the next couple...
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    The ground in the area of the tornado is fairly...

    The ground in the area of the tornado is fairly stable. Keep in mind that I say that and hundreds of trees just blew over so there are hundreds of pockets for water to accumulate where the root balls...
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    Received a draft copy of an energy audit that was...

    Received a draft copy of an energy audit that was compiled for my sugaring operation the other day. I have some improvements to make. First off will be a point of use hot water heater then a larger...
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    That's funny.

    That's funny.
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    I saw some for the first time over the weekend...

    I saw some for the first time over the weekend and the cinnamon infused syrup had 2 sticks about 4" long in a 12 oz. bottle and the vanilla infused syrup had 1 stick (1/4" dia, 3" long stick kind of ...
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    Finished the season at 5 taps per gallon of...

    Finished the season at 5 taps per gallon of syrup. I had really low sugar content all season, averaging 1%.

    The RO, AOF and AUF, auto drawoff and front pan float box we're all great improvements....
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    I used leader check valve adapters, Lapierre...

    I used leader check valve adapters, Lapierre clear spouts and CDL signature spouts this year. Check valve spouts dried up 2 weeks before the rest, signature spouts gave me trouble with vacuum. I...
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    Something else that I have found is that the...

    Something else that I have found is that the softer hardwoods seem to burn at a more even temperature. With locust and oak, my temperature readout is constantly fluctuating around 1/2 a degree but...
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    I hope that today is as beautiful everywhere in...

    I hope that today is as beautiful everywhere in the sugaring world as it is right now in central PA. Have a great rest of your season everyone.
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