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    For those unable to attend past sessions of the...

    For those unable to attend past sessions of the UVM Maple Development Webinars, past sessions are now posted at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/maple/bizmodules/upcoming-events

    Topics...
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    Ho, ho, ho....Merry Christmas! You'll...

    Ho, ho, ho....Merry Christmas!

    You'll definitely enjoy it.
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    Time is getting close in case anyone wishes to...

    Time is getting close in case anyone wishes to apply.


    Northeast SARE Invites Farmer Grant Proposals

    We are now accepting proposals for the Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program.

    Proposals...
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    Correct. The amount of sap you get from a...

    Correct. The amount of sap you get from a taphole is directly and linearly proportional to the amount of good sapwood you hit. If you don't hit any stain, you'll get maximum production from the...
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    Sounds like Christmas!

    Sounds like Christmas!
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    Sugar maple are regional mast seeders. They...

    Sugar maple are regional mast seeders. They produce a lot of seeds every 3-7 years, with little in intervening seasons. Seed production is highly energy demanding. Crowns sometimes are thin the...
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    It depends. 1. Are you cleaning with a...

    It depends.

    1. Are you cleaning with a sanitizer and rinsing each year? If not, there's a good chance it'll plug up after 3-5 yrs unless you cut out and replace all fittings.

    2. What was the...
  8. You can do do whatever you find that works to...

    You can do do whatever you find that works to keep the oil away and out of the syrup.
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    Often maple associations or state regulators will...

    Often maple associations or state regulators will test hydrometers at maple conferences. It's good practice to bring them in each year for testing. Alternatively you can get a second one or find a...
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    Is it a maple syrup hydrometer? How long have...

    Is it a maple syrup hydrometer? How long have you been using it? Is it in decent shape (no cracks, no niter on it, paper hasn't shifted)? Has it ever been calibrated or checked recently? Are you...
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    Like Dave, we currently use the Murphy Float...

    Like Dave, we currently use the Murphy Float (similar to the cup, but used in a drawoff tank) and Gold Series hydrometer. We used to use a digital stem thermometer in a cup, then went through a...
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    As Joe says, some trees just aren't good...

    As Joe says, some trees just aren't good producers. This seems to be more the case with red maple than sugar maple.

    When you tap, it is nice clear white wood? Inspect the shavings by catching...
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    Aluminum is not a suitable container for RO soap.

    Aluminum is not a suitable container for RO soap.
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    Try rubbing with a paste of baking soda/water. ...

    Try rubbing with a paste of baking soda/water. Rinse copiously. If that doesn't work, try a little alcohol.

    It might just be permanent. Acids (even a relatively mild acid like vinegar)...
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    We've tried it just to see how it worked. We use...

    We've tried it just to see how it worked. We use it now to filter batches when canning or to filter out infusion material or after Bourbon Barrel Aging. Works well -- simple. We don't typically...
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    If you purchase used soldered pans anywhere,...

    If you purchase used soldered pans anywhere, check to ensure that they are of lead-free construction. Lead-check swabs are available at most hardware stores. Welded pans shouldn't be a problem.
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    If you get it fairly dense and can put a cover on...

    If you get it fairly dense and can put a cover on it to prevent contamination, it is unlikely to spoil for a few days (as long as you don't add fresh sap to it until you're ready to boil again). ...
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    i'd suggest putting a tank on either side of the...

    i'd suggest putting a tank on either side of the driveway and run the 3/4" vacuum line up and over the driveway with a small releaser on the orange side end. You won't need a releaser on the green...
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    That statement implies that "many other"...

    That statement implies that "many other" producers do add chemicals and therefore their syrup may not be safe. I guarantee you that statement would not fly with regulators in Vermont and many other...
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    From your webpage. “Pure maple syrup is...

    From your webpage. “Pure maple syrup is naturally organic and we don’t add any chemicals during the process like many other sugar makers do.“

    Don’t want to make this an argument about organic,...
  21. Rapitube is a bit more expensive, but can...

    Rapitube is a bit more expensive, but can certainly be faster to install than wire, and easier to fix if a tree falls on it, so it depends upon which you prefer. Just make sure it is tensioned...
  22. Find some sugarmakers nearby who use tubing...

    Find some sugarmakers nearby who use tubing somewhere nearby and take a look at their tubing systems. Or take a tubing course from Cornell if they offer one in your area. A general overview of...
  23. As others have said, slide fittings at the end...

    As others have said, slide fittings at the end are useful for tightening laterals. When you first install drops, leave them 6-12" away from the tree on the downhill side. Then always tighten the...
  24. Small pumps such as this can blow out a fine mist...

    Small pumps such as this can blow out a fine mist of oil, especially when you're pulling a bit of vacuum. This can be a problem (oil contamination) if you have open syrup in the area that you're...
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    If you will ever be putting hot water through it,...

    If you will ever be putting hot water through it, go with metal. I’ve seen plastic pipe get seriously deformed and separated by hot water, resulting in huge amounts of water dumping under the floor....
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