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    I've tapped in mid Jan, and finished pulling taps...

    I've tapped in mid Jan, and finished pulling taps in early to mid May. About half of those late pulled taps are still flowing. For that my taps were on 100% sugar maples. Now I tap about 50% reds,...
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    Same direction as when concentrating. Start with as close as you can to 50/50. Then as the membranes get cleaned, you adjust the pressure to try to stay at 50/50. Check you membrane manufacturer to...
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    Be prepared for an all nighter.

    Be prepared for an all nighter.
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    I'm in central NYS, but back when I had my...

    I'm in central NYS, but back when I had my highest tap count and had 3 college students working for me, I tapped 3 years, finishing no later than Jan 20, because they returned to school then. With...
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    I have gotten 12-14 weeks using CV taps. Actually...

    I have gotten 12-14 weeks using CV taps. Actually you don't need CV in year 1, just 2 and 3. It is advised to change the drops after 3 for best results.
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    Mine are older, I went with "energy efficient...

    Mine are older, I went with "energy efficient Florescent" at 64 watts/2 bulbs, I have 6(x64watts) units When I update, it will be LED, far more efficient. LED can do it at a small fraction of that...
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    My RO is not the same, but I use a SS booster...

    My RO is not the same, but I use a SS booster pump to move the sap thru the RO before I ever turn the RO on. In your case, even a small diaphragm pump may be a good idea. Then get the RO fully...
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    The main point for using an RO is to realize that...

    The main point for using an RO is to realize that you either should not RO ahead or if you must, store the concentrate at 28-30F, even in a tub of water with ice surrounding it and a little salt to...
  9. I also vote for more DE, try about 1/2 cup in 1...

    I also vote for more DE, try about 1/2 cup in 1 gal, if 2 gal, try 3/4 cup. Then adjust as you gain experience. Also, mix in the DE well before you add it to the filter reservoir.
  10. I also use and find it very helpful to have an...

    I also use and find it very helpful to have an air valve right before at the pump. My compressor runs at 135 psi in another building (my shop), an air tube, 3/4" runs under ground to the sugarhouse....
  11. If you have that much sugarsand (niter), just try...

    If you have that much sugarsand (niter), just try smaller batches. I might even try using a conventional pre-filter or 2 to remove some before you pour it into the vacuum filter. This is a...
  12. Check with your local land grant college forestry...

    Check with your local land grant college forestry dept. Here in NY, we have forester volunteers who will help. When I called one, he came and walked the woods with me, then he connected me with a...
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    Most of that will relate to the terrain and maple...

    Most of that will relate to the terrain and maple tree density you are tapping.
    While I never timed it, I think I have likely done from 4-5 minutes per tap, up to maybe 15-20 minutes per tap. This...
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    If that's a weekend home, can you ladle any...

    If that's a weekend home, can you ladle any unfinished concentrate into a food grade bucket of 2, take it home and finish it on the stove with a vented range hood running? You should be able to...
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    Yes, in glass if bottled at proper density and at...

    Yes, in glass if bottled at proper density and at the right temperature, then turned to get the cap hot as soon as packed, it will last for years, not just two. That is a great video, nice job indeed.
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    Just make sure the IBC tote had food grade only...

    Just make sure the IBC tote had food grade only in it, and that you can clean i well. While maybe food grade, some should not be tried anyways, such as strong or spicy products. Something like apple...
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    Did you try to post in the classifieds? If it...

    Did you try to post in the classifieds? If it won't allow you to because you are too new, try contacting Peter Gregg at The Maple News. He owns the maple trader site. Explain your situation and he...
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    I use the cheap gauges with good success. I do...

    I use the cheap gauges with good success. I do not have a loop but all gauges are 2-3' above the line it is reading. I might need to change 1 every year or 2 out of 10 in use. I will try the loop and...
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    Did you watch Dr Tim's video? It is spot on. One...

    Did you watch Dr Tim's video? It is spot on. One point I'd like to make is the "tapping hammer". That if not an official tapping hammer should be rather light, not a carpenter's hammer. I have used...
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    The performance possible depends on several...

    The performance possible depends on several factors. Some of those are pressure and the particular membrane. The higher the pressure you can attain, the more water you can remove, but on the flip...
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    I have run gas Hondas for at least 15 years at...

    I have run gas Hondas for at least 15 years at operating speed until they run out of fuel with no harm.
    however when an engine runs out of fuel it does not just stop all at once nor do I run them at...
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    Look for studies that have been done on sapling...

    Look for studies that have been done on sapling stumps. It has proven quite successful.
    A point, one can sin against God, but not against man, but that is not for discussion on this forum.
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    The reason to use a different twig on each is to...

    The reason to use a different twig on each is to prevent cross contamination, if micro-organisims get on the twig you used on one hole, you don't want to then use the same twig on the next hole.
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    Ask them or maybe your CDL dealer.

    Ask them or maybe your CDL dealer.
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    3/16 is not generally used on buckets because you...

    3/16 is not generally used on buckets because you don't have enough drop in elevation (or have mechanical vacuum).
    That being said, was the sap flowing out the bottom of the tube? If yes, just wait...
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