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    The most recent Maple Digest has a comparative...

    The most recent Maple Digest has a comparative study of all the sanitation strategies people are using - including replacing taps, drops, etc. The sodium hypochlorite and the calcium hypochlorite...
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    There are a lot of variables and I feel your...

    There are a lot of variables and I feel your pain. Humidity is another factor at play here. It's always humid in New England. The thing that has bailed me out of every wet batch is the oven. I...
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    It's heavy. Really heavy. If it were me, I'd...

    It's heavy. Really heavy. If it were me, I'd consider marking the bricks, pulling them out of the arch, and putting those into the bed of the truck. Then two people could easily walk the arch into...
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    Just be careful. Not all Kitchen Aid Pro mixers...

    Just be careful. Not all Kitchen Aid Pro mixers are the same. The Pro 6500 has a 1.3 hp motor and is stronger than the Pro 600 with a 375W motor. I have the 600 and I feel comfortable mixing a...
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    Quick hijack - I have been rope-free since I...

    Quick hijack - I have been rope-free since I started bringing the back pan to a hard boil after the flood and scooping boiling sap from the pan and pouring it into the cold sap float box. I put a...
  6. Freezing won't be a problem at all. That's how I...

    Freezing won't be a problem at all. That's how I store mine. I package them in the heat-sealed bags they are sold in and I keep those in a big Ziplock bags in a freezer. I've never had a problem. ...
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    I'm still tinkering with the process, but I have...

    I'm still tinkering with the process, but I have been using the drying function on my oven the last few batches and I've been having better results. It's under the convect options. The oven comes...
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    I tried preheating glass when I first got...

    I tried preheating glass when I first got started. I tried both a water bath and an oven. From time to time I would get a niter haze in the bottles. It took me a little while to figure out where...
  9. Thread: Plumbing a tank

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    I'm one of the "froze during use" people. Really...

    I'm one of the "froze during use" people. Really crazy. 1" line feeding a 125 gph RO. Temp plummeted and froze so quickly and clearly I couldn't even tell what was wrong. I kept looking at the...
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    Ditto on the good feelings about getting the wood...

    Ditto on the good feelings about getting the wood in - though for me that's the fall. The rounds sit under cover for about 12-18 months until then. Once sugaring is done, then there's cleanup,...
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    That's a pretty common scam on CL as well. The...

    That's a pretty common scam on CL as well. The added insult and injury is that if you cash a fake cashier or bank check, the bank will hit you with penalties as well.
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    After pressure washing and/or scrubbing with...

    After pressure washing and/or scrubbing with straight water, consider using Star San, sometimes called 5 Star San. One ounce is mixed with 5 gallons of water. Slosh it around your tank so that all...
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    I like that and may use it next year. I had very...

    I like that and may use it next year. I had very good luck with the squirt bottles Art used for his. I have two half-Liter bottles and I was amazed at how far they went. I got close to 50 drops...
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    I've tried it out and I have to admit, it is very...

    I've tried it out and I have to admit, it is very easy to use. The price just sweetens the decision. I'm reading the precautions about air bubbles, streaks, etc. throwing off the accuracy. I'll do...
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    I used to do single heavy passes and I would have...

    I used to do single heavy passes and I would have to wash pretty often. I started doing second passes for the first time this year and decided to watch rates to know when to wash. I do a hot...
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    So Long, Lovibond Grading Kit

    Well, it happened. I broke the glass vial for the Lovibond permanent grading kit. Actually, my wife broke it, but I had left it on the counter to dry. I knew the replacement was expensive. If I...
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    The epic season has come to an end here in...

    The epic season has come to an end here in Woodville. Last boil was yesterday and finished everything off today. After a couple of cruddy years, the maple gods took pity on me and provided in...
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    I also have a Deer Run and the directions say to...

    I also have a Deer Run and the directions say to heat the water first. I could see how that would take a while otherwise. The actual wash cycle is 10 minutes.
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    Curious if there were noticeable results on sap...

    Curious if there were noticeable results on sap flow from the OP. I'm going to cut the drops in a section of 100 new taps and soak them in calcium hypochlorite. Where can I get calcium...
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    I have the Vortex which is just above hobby...

    I have the Vortex which is just above hobby level, but not quite the higher end commercial units. I've had to replace the carbon elements which weren't a big deal, but after I replaced the...
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    John, thanks for asking your question and getting...

    John, thanks for asking your question and getting a good conversation going. Defoamer is one of those things that people have strong opinions on. I like hearing what people do and trying things out...
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    Ha, ha. Yup. Every night I have at least four...

    Ha, ha. Yup. Every night I have at least four or five of those!
  23. Thread: Tow/Haul Button

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    I like that leg tank. How do you secure it in...

    I like that leg tank. How do you secure it in the bed?
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    Ok, BIG thanks to everyone! I tried it today...

    Ok, BIG thanks to everyone! I tried it today with 150 gallons (which is usually trickier than a full load) and it made a HUGE difference. I would have been happy just knowing I was doing right by...
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    You can zero it out with distilled water.

    You can zero it out with distilled water.
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