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  1. I've been using an air injector for 6 seasons and...

    I've been using an air injector for 6 seasons and this year for the first time I got an off flavor in the second to last boil. I blamed it on metabolism. I had an unusually large amount of nitre this...
  2. The Wes Fab would be perfect for the amount of...

    The Wes Fab would be perfect for the amount of syrup you produce. If the syrup isn't too dirty you can get about 6 gallons through it with no trouble. You can remove plates for smaller batches.
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    You will have to rinse them several times with...

    You will have to rinse them several times with water only to get any remnants of the concentrate out. The barrels will still smell like apple afterward but the flavor won't transfer to the sap as...
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    November Journal

    November is here and it will be sugaring season for some of us in just a couple of months. For me it will be February which is in about 3 months. I'm finally starting to get some stuff done now that...
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    It's looking like snow on Friday here.

    It's looking like snow on Friday here.
  6. When I did my initial tubing set up I was told by...

    When I did my initial tubing set up I was told by a seasoned sugar maker to set up my 5/16" on gravity like I would for vacuum. His recommendation was to "Strive for 5" taps per lateral into a 3/4"...
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    I'm not positive but I think that Wes Fab uses...

    I'm not positive but I think that Wes Fab uses the same size gear pump and motor for both the short and long bank presses. My new Wes Fab press has 8 sets of plates. If the bolts are long enough fill...
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    Were the elements immersed in water when you...

    Were the elements immersed in water when you turned on the power? If they're water heater elements they need to be immersed or they will burn out almost immediately.
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    Happy Anniversary Dave. Congratulations on 52...

    Happy Anniversary Dave. Congratulations on 52 years. It will be 39 years for my wife and I in January.
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    Thank you for the well wishes. I'm sure that the...

    Thank you for the well wishes. I'm sure that the hernia surgery is going to go well. I'm hoping that the recovery isn't as painful as the prostate surgery recovery was.

    I've had my prostate...
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    I sold a lot of syrup last weekend at the...

    I sold a lot of syrup last weekend at the Deerfield Fair. That means that I've got some canning to do to restock the shelves. I'm going to have surgery to repair a hernia next Tuesday and am going to...
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    Sorry to hear of your loss Bruce. Knowing from...

    Sorry to hear of your loss Bruce. Knowing from past experience it's hard to lose such a devoted companion. Labs are the best and I think it's going to be more difficult than ever when my two cross...
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    We did catch it early. It gives me some time to...

    We did catch it early. It gives me some time to figure out treatment options. My new press does have an air pump on it. I put one on my old filter press and really liked it. I wouldn't buy one with a...
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    I don't think that the issue is temperature. I've...

    I don't think that the issue is temperature. I've had batches of cream harden then break up into sugar which is only heated to 235. The invert sugar is most likely the problem.
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    That's what I used to do. I prefer the one piece...

    That's what I used to do. I prefer the one piece throw away taps. I can see through them which really helps when I'm looking for vacuum leaks and there's one less place for a potential leak.
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    Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I haven't...

    Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I haven't had a chance to try out the new press yet. I've got to pick up some fittings first so that I can hook up the hoses. I have some commercial syrup that...
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    Thank you for the well wishes. I had a PET scan...

    Thank you for the well wishes. I had a PET scan done today and will know the results tomorrow afternoon. I know that I will like retirement. I'll finally have the time to get the things done that I...
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    I've used the stubby and adapter and find that I...

    I've used the stubby and adapter and find that I like the one piece seasonal spout better. There's no chance of the spout and adapter getting pushed apart on a hard freeze and something new goes into...
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    I jugged up some syrup to sell at the Deerfield...

    I jugged up some syrup to sell at the Deerfield Fair this morning. I'll box that up tomorrow to bring to the fair Wednesday. I also picked up my new filter press today. I'll be able to get more than...
  20. That's exactly what you want to do. Raise it so...

    That's exactly what you want to do. Raise it so that it's a 1/2" below the bottom of the flues and fill in the space behind it all of the way to the back of the arch.
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    No, once you get it fine tuned you leave it where...

    No, once you get it fine tuned you leave it where it's set. Later in the season you'll need to use more defoamer but that's it.
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    My holes are 1/16" too and they're spaced 1"...

    My holes are 1/16" too and they're spaced 1" apart. I copied a bubbler that they had at Bascom's when I made mine.
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    Yes there can be too much air in the flue pan. If...

    Yes there can be too much air in the flue pan. If I have too much air going through mine the sap will be splashed into the hood and then run down into the drip channels and out. The way that the...
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    When I bought my WX10 almost 20 years ago we...

    When I bought my WX10 almost 20 years ago we didn't worry as much about things being made of food grade material. The amount of leaching that happens when you're pumping sap is probably in the parts...
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    I regulate mine so that the near syrup doesn't...

    I regulate mine so that the near syrup doesn't splash all over the place with a nice boil in the front pan. I regulate the flue pan so that the sap doesn't bubble much in the float box. At those...
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