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    Is the intake tube getting stuck on the bottom of...

    Is the intake tube getting stuck on the bottom of the tank? That would cause the problem. I found that in order to stop intake tube getting stuck, cut an aggressive "V" in the bottom of the tube.
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    I would suggest using a Lapierre single vertical...

    I would suggest using a Lapierre single vertical releaser. It looks like the only size in the catalog is a 12" x 18" for 1,200 taps. I know it is too big but the release mechanism is full proof. I...
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    I have used the Lapierre "end of the line eyelet"...

    I have used the Lapierre "end of the line eyelet" fitting for 11 years and they work perfectly. My nephew put up 130 taps using the Leader end line fittings and you cannot tighten the line with them....
  4. Thread: Agitating sap

    by JoeJ
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    I was at Bob White's sugar house on the Vermont...

    I was at Bob White's sugar house on the Vermont Maplerama tour where he was demonstrating him sap agitating system. He was using a SS Goulds water pump to recirculate the water (sap) through 2" PVC...
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    I was at a sugar house in Maine in June where the...

    I was at a sugar house in Maine in June where the owner had made a wood form to fit the sides of the arch, cut a sheet of 1/4 x 1/4 galvanized hardware wire for reinforcing, mixed the powered...
  6. Thread: Purchasing woods

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    From what I have seen in real estate sales...

    From what I have seen in real estate sales involving timberland that has sugar woods potential, the sale prices are generally between $1,900. and $2,200. per acre unless you are looking at 500 acres...
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    I ran 10-2 wg UF 380' to a tank for a 1 HP Goulds...

    I ran 10-2 wg UF 380' to a tank for a 1 HP Goulds (120V) pump to pump up the 380' and the 35' height to the sugar house. I used the set up for 12 years. Last year I installed an electric releaser...
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    I would assume that the OP thinks that his...

    I would assume that the OP thinks that his collection method (buckets) and production method (wood fired) imparts some special taste or nostalgia to his syrup that makes him think his syrup is...
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    Five or six years ago, I had a couple of college...

    Five or six years ago, I had a couple of college students from UVM come out to my sugar house to check out my operation and sample my syrup. The student were in a marketing class and had to develop a...
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    GiddingsHill, I think that you should contact...

    GiddingsHill,

    I think that you should contact the VT Tax Dept about being taxed on the buildings because you don't make 50% of your income from agriculture. I have been in the current use program...
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    I have been in the current use program since...

    I have been in the current use program since 2004. No building permit is needed for the sugar house and the sugar house and other out building related to sugaring are exempt from taxes.

    Build your...
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    Looking at your number of taps, I would go with a...

    Looking at your number of taps, I would go with a 10", 5 hollow (2" thick) plate press. A 7 hollow plate (2" thick) 7" press has 504 cubic inches of DE capacity. The 5 hollow plate (2" thick) 10"...
  13. Thread: Releaser

    by JoeJ
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    I have had most of my Lapierre releasers (Vetical...

    I have had most of my Lapierre releasers (Vetical 900 tap, 5 of them) for 13 years and have never had to rebuild any of them. I did have to replace a large O-ring on a top for the cap on one of them...
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    Go to the bottling and filtering forum and look...

    Go to the bottling and filtering forum and look at "How much diatomaceous earth to use " thread on 3-16-15.

    The amount used also depends on the DE that you purchase. Dicalite DE is finer and...
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    The plastic will eventually wear down and change...

    The plastic will eventually wear down and change the depth that you are drilling. I bought a round metal drill bit stop fifteen years ago and am still using it. Once the set screws and depth are...
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    My first two runs were 1.9 - 1.8%. Then went up...

    My first two runs were 1.9 - 1.8%. Then went up as high as 2.7% and has been 2.3% for 5 boils. I have 2,200 in one woods with 48% reds ad the other woods is 38% reds. My sugar content has not stayed...
  17. Thread: Bernard releaser

    by JoeJ
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    Bernard releasers are the issue. When I stated...

    Bernard releasers are the issue. When I stated with vacuum, I bought 3 Bernard releasers. I had problems with them all season. I sold them and bought Lapierre releasers. Much simpler mechanism. In my...
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    Between 5 releaser tanks in the woods, 4 sap...

    Between 5 releaser tanks in the woods, 4 sap tanks and one concentrate tank at the sugar house, I wash all tanks every collection day. ( all stainless tanks)

    Joe
  19. Thread: Taps on wetline.

    by JoeJ
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    The total taps on the wet / dry line will depend...

    The total taps on the wet / dry line will depend on the total distance. (If you want proper / max vacuum transfer)

    Joe
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    Celite is a finer grade of DE. The Dicalite is...

    Celite is a finer grade of DE. The Dicalite is courser and requires 30% less to do the same amount of filtering.

    Joe

    I just realized this morning that what I stated above in backwards. Celite...
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    Is that spouts pounded in to far and split the...

    Is that spouts pounded in to far and split the bark? It looks like the spout is set way too deep.
  22. Thread: Fisher problems

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    I have had fisher problems at my home woods for 7...

    I have had fisher problems at my home woods for 7 or 8 years. First year the fisher chewed 250 -300 drops. Took me 2 years to trap it. 2 year later another one moved in. The new guy chews only 50-60...
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    Drew, I was told by a membrane expert that you...

    Drew,
    I was told by a membrane expert that you should use soft water to rinse your membrane. Water should be low in iron and manganese. He also said not to use sap to rinse your membrane. You will...
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    I don't know if they rebuild pumps or not, but I...

    I don't know if they rebuild pumps or not, but I would suggest that you contact Richard at New Boston Pump Service in New Hampshire. (603)894-6677. Richard has helped me several times with problems...
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    I have a Lapierre 1200 RO. I think that you need...

    I have a Lapierre 1200 RO. I think that you need to have a flow temperature in your baseline. I know that I have a different machine but the instructions I use for my base baseline are: 1. permeate...
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