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  1. 50 acres for sale - Warren / Clermont Counties

    FYI, I just posted this in classifieds - 50 acres of land for sale in southwestern Ohio:

    https://www.comey.com/p/50.48ac-Pleasant-Renner-Rd-Harlan-Twp-OH-45122/mls_cincy/1631060

    In all...
  2. Leader Mini Extreme - Finally for sale - Free delivery in OH

    Hi everyone! We are out in the woods getting ready for another exciting season! We have hopefully another 4- 500 trees to set up on tubing lines, as well as fixing a lot of old lines. I'm going to...
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    Yeah, I would ordinarily not attend shows that...

    Yeah, I would ordinarily not attend shows that charge an entrance fee for customers, other than high school holiday craft shows, which we do a lot of. This one does charge admission, and the booth...
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    Promotional plastic Micro-Jugs (< 40 ml)?

    I have an upcoming show I will be attending as a vendor, and the promoter is doing swag bags. As part of my entry, I'm required to supply some sort of promotional item for our business. I need to do...
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    Just a final update on this. I have hit these...

    Just a final update on this. I have hit these lines with everything that I can think of. I have even tried manually scrubbing them on the inside which in itself is extremely difficult. I spent 8...
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    I may very well have to rerun it. As I mentioned,...

    I may very well have to rerun it. As I mentioned, it was professionally installed at a pretty high cost per tap, and I left the design up to the installers who were aware of the lack of any slope....
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    OK, so I am trying first to use hydrogen peroxide...

    OK, so I am trying first to use hydrogen peroxide to get the mold out. I am using a CDL backpack doser as I untap, under vacuum. Once a mainline is done I am closing off the vacuum on the line to let...
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    I don't actually have a bottler. We're still...

    I don't actually have a bottler. We're still currently doing it in 5 gallon batches with a large heavy bottom stock pot and spigot, total pain. I saw the Lapierre automated bottling frame last year...
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    Pulling taps in southwestern Ohio

    I'm starting to pull taps on Monday. It will take a few weeks to untap and clean all the lines. I would have started sooner but I was hopeful this past week of freezes would have yielded some late...
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    I don't think the lines have a leak. This mold is...

    I don't think the lines have a leak. This mold is along the entire length of several lines, each one 800-1000 feet long (which makes manual brush cleaning maybe not possible). I should point out I am...
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    It might be over already

    I think I might have pulled the last sap yesterday. Temps are way over normal and there is only one day in the 10 day outlook that is close to freezing. I've never finished this early before, but the...
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    I was advised last year by the manufacturer's...

    I was advised last year by the manufacturer's reps that most people do nothing with their lines. I was told to untap while the pump was running to let the line clear the sap for a few seconds and...
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    Long warm spell and mold concerns

    This is our second year on a brand new tubing system with high vacuum. This year has been a record warm winter here in the south. See attached picture for what my mold looks like. Again, this tubing...
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    Sure sodium bicarbonate will work on an acid to...

    Sure sodium bicarbonate will work on an acid to neutralize it, like on citric acid that is used to do an acid wash. But RO soap is a strong alkaline isn't it ? (being lye based). Sodium bicarbonate...
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    I definitely don't send permeate to septic. It...

    I definitely don't send permeate to septic. It goes on the ground, or into tanks for use later.

    What do you neutralize your soap wash with? Can used pan acid be used for that?
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    It may be "ON", but we're seriously having...

    It may be "ON", but we're seriously having trouble processing before it spoils. 60 degrees today. Felt like 70. Not good. A way too small RO is contributing a lot to my woe, but even fresh the sap is...
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    RO soap wash water safe?

    I'm trying to figure out where to put my wash water. My sugarhouse is on a septic system. I can either let wash go down the drain to the septic tank, or drain it outside. My land tilts downhill...
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    Well, my trees are still running and so...

    Well, my trees are still running and so apparently I am too. It's been forever since we had a freeze but no one told my reds. I still have 500 more to tap, so I was out yesterday, and the tapped...
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    Good question on whether I'm staying ahead of the...

    Good question on whether I'm staying ahead of the sap, especially considering my vastly undersized RO and equally undersized evaporator. I'm definitely having trouble, even with all the hours in the...
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    You are most definitely welcome to visit!...

    You are most definitely welcome to visit! Starting next weekend I will have generally open sugarhouse hours Sat and Sun 1-4 throughout the season, but if you want to come at a different time, just...
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    So we're running right at our average of 1% sugar...

    So we're running right at our average of 1% sugar on vacuum (all reds), but a ton of sap volume. About 7000 gallons since turning the pumps on Wednesday, and we're still only half tapped. Really,...
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    Looks like we'll have quite a warm spell midweek,...

    Looks like we'll have quite a warm spell midweek, so I'll post my sugar % then. All my trees are reds, and average 1% on the dot. That sounds low but I'm on high vacuum, so we're pulling a lot more...
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    Yeah, I saw the weather. I'm on level ground so...

    Yeah, I saw the weather. I'm on level ground so nothing hits the tank unless the pump is on. I'm planning to fire up the vacuum on Sunday.

    But my arms are killing me already after 300 taps, and...
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    Hey there Buckeye, yes I got your note about the...

    Hey there Buckeye, yes I got your note about the bag holders. Did you decide you wanted some holders?

    I have plenty of 5/16 spouts, cast aluminum Soule and CDL, hookless, most used only one year,...
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    Tapping now in southwestern Ohio

    Am I the first this year? We started tapping a few days ago here at the southwestern edge of the state, and have about 300 of 2100 finished. It's going to take probably the rest of the week, then...
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