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  1. Thread: Re-bottling Syrup

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    That's how I do it in small quantities and its...

    That's how I do it in small quantities and its how I walk thru all my customers that buy gallons and want to put it in smaller containers for the fridge and shelf. I tell them to bring it up to...
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    I think the 2.5 gallon jugs have a more reliable...

    I think the 2.5 gallon jugs have a more reliable closure when moving, jostling, or tipping the container. They store nicer on a shelve too. I leave them right in the cardboard box when I fill...
  3. I would buy local. Sunrise makes really nice...

    I would buy local. Sunrise makes really nice equipment.
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    I think its sugar sand as well, but I would check...

    I think its sugar sand as well, but I would check a couple of bottles to make sure your brix level is spot on.
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    I built up a pad in my wood floored barn to put...

    I built up a pad in my wood floored barn to put my wood fired 2x6 on. Backer board base, 3 inches of concrete, another piece of backer board then another layer of concrete. The bottom layer of...
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    Johnny Yooper is spot on with the cold trick, My...

    Johnny Yooper is spot on with the cold trick, My dad always seemed to have elm rounds for my brother and I to split on the coldest winter mornings. They were still a pain to split. the hydraulic...
  7. Thread: Purchasing woods

    by Ed R
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    This really is location dependent. In the fall...

    This really is location dependent. In the fall of 2017 I purchased 77 acres in the UP of Michigan next to the 70 I already owned. There are just under 2500 taps on that 77 acres grouped on just...
  8. Thread: New arch shopping

    by Ed R
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    sunrise metal shop in Indiana would be another...

    sunrise metal shop in Indiana would be another relatively close option. They make nice equipment.
  9. Thread: Oh What to do...

    by Ed R
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    After finishing off the contents of the 4x14...

    After finishing off the contents of the 4x14 evaporator on our finisher as a teen one year, I realized I never wanted to boil without a flue pan ever again. I'm boiling about 70 taps on a 2x6 without...
  10. Thread: Snotty syrup

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    I was really worried about getting it to filter. ...

    I was really worried about getting it to filter. No problems, it filtered fine. The sweet I boiled down was not really sweet. The jellyness of it went away the closer it got to syrup. It didn't...
  11. Thread: Snotty syrup

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    I had a problem with ropey sweet in my evaporator...

    I had a problem with ropey sweet in my evaporator after my first boil in late February. We had 2 weeks of very cold after the first run. I left the evaporator level high so I could put a little...
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    I'm kind of a syrup snob and I segregate some of...

    I'm kind of a syrup snob and I segregate some of my early red/silver maple syrup for personal use and write ice cream topping syrup right on the jug. Can't beat that butterscotch/Carmel/maple taste...
  13. The only time I reheat in my wjb without...

    The only time I reheat in my wjb without filtering is when I am recanning out of glass and can see for sure the syrup is crystal clear( I store quite a bit in 1 gallon glass jugs). I otherwise reheat...
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    They usually just stop wanting to run, even if...

    They usually just stop wanting to run, even if the temps are optimal. Go ahead and get your buckets back on, tommorrow will be the best run of t he year
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    You are only done if you just want to be done. ...

    You are only done if you just want to be done. The syrup will still be good, I'm boiling today and I'm 40 miles south of you with reds and silvers. Don't let the flowers fool you on silvers and...
  16. You won't get any niter formation reheating it...

    You won't get any niter formation reheating it that way, it just takes a long time to get the syrup to proper canning temp
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    check out the honey bottlers/wax melters from...

    check out the honey bottlers/wax melters from honey supply stores like dadant, maxant, and Walter E Kelley. I have a used maxant 10 gallon and like it a lot. Last time I checked they were cheaper...
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    I have never had a problem with hot, clean,...

    I have never had a problem with hot, clean, prefiltered syrup going through prefilters and cones. Are you sure there is no fine niter in the syrup? I do it all the time when I rebottle from bulk...
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    I would wait to see what it does after it freezes...

    I would wait to see what it does after it freezes this weekend. Then you will know for sure whether it's done done. A few days won't hurt anything.
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    Skeller 001, According to post 5 of the thread...

    Skeller 001, According to post 5 of the thread you tapped on January 31st, which is pushing 6 weeks. Unless you have new trees to tap, you are probably done
  21. Thread: Northwest Ohio

    by Ed R
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    I tapped the trees at my house in temperance on...

    I tapped the trees at my house in temperance on the 22nd but I held off tapping the 5 trees at my office in Toledo. Its kind of open there and I was worried about having to chase down my buckets in...
  22. Thread: sugar content

    by Ed R
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    For what its worth, my sugar content is not good...

    For what its worth, my sugar content is not good this year either. I tap all reds at my hobby operation and my first run sap tested 1.4 after throwing out quite a bit of ice.
  23. Thread: Bad wood?

    by Ed R
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    It will probably run some and stop running sooner...

    It will probably run some and stop running sooner in the season than the other good taps. If this is a two tap tree go ahead and tap it again well away from the bad tap spot. If the tree was healthy...
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    I have a leader 2x4 Vermonter all in one pan...

    I have a leader 2x4 Vermonter all in one pan hooked to a 2x2 flat pan that I use as a preheater pan which I can valve off. I have plugs for between the syrup portion panels and between the front pan...
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    I'm waiting to see the extended forecast on...

    I'm waiting to see the extended forecast on Wednesday for next week. It looks like it might turn really cold again. I might tap anyway for this weekends run. As long as it stays cold the taps should...
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