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    Thanks for the feedback. I run into that same...

    Thanks for the feedback. I run into that same problem with my 4008s now. I'm constantly tweaking it. I'll think I have the sweet spot then come home and find it surging again. I'm wondering if I...
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    Was about to pull the trigger on a 4048 when I...

    Was about to pull the trigger on a 4048 when I came across this Shurflo 5059. Seems like more bang for the buck than the 4048, but seeing your results with larger pumps has me wondering, Dave. ...
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    Good info here. I just upgraded from my 6-pound+...

    Good info here. I just upgraded from my 6-pound+ 18v DeWalt NiCad that struggled to get through 125 taps at times to the 20v DeWalt Lithium with a 5Ah battery weighing in at 3.4 lbs. Planning to...
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    Diaphragm Pump Sizing and Limits

    I went a little overboard tapping a new area last year when I added a Shurflo to the line and ended up with 120 taps on a 4008. Probably explains why I had mediocre vac levels with plenty of sap in...
  5. Thread: Taps and drops.

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    I went back and re-watched the PMRC video on...

    I went back and re-watched the PMRC video on spot/drop sanitation practices. I had originally understood the best practice as check valves AND 3-year drop replacement, but it's actually presented as...
  6. Thread: Taps and drops.

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    Ditto to the responses. Spouts every year, drops...

    Ditto to the responses. Spouts every year, drops every three. The other thing I will add is that you can arrange it so that 1/3 of your drops are replaced this year, 1/3 in '23, and 1/3 in '24. ...
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    I have a similar situation where I have to keep...

    I have a similar situation where I have to keep the mainline up the hill to maintain slope and miss out on some very nice trees below. Last year when I put that setup on vac, I decided to tap the...
  8. Wow! I'd trade half my crop to watch my kid play...

    Wow! I'd trade half my crop to watch my kid play collegiate basketball, too. That's fantastic. I'll keep my eyes out for a Bucketsworth in the NCAA.
  9. Good question and answer. Something in the OP...

    Good question and answer. Something in the OP caught my attention, though. You should be getting more than 4 gallons of syrup from 30 taps even with gravity/buckets. It should be closer to 8 with...
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    Agreed. I'll have the 15 gallon pot on its own...

    Agreed. I'll have the 15 gallon pot on its own turkey fryer propane burner on the floor. I found a two-burner propane heater made from angle steel that will hold just the bottler. The bottler is...
  11. Thread: Food Grade?

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    Anything chrome plated eventually chips and/or...

    Anything chrome plated eventually chips and/or gets some oxidation on it. I have a chrome plated wire rack that looks a bit shabby now. Not the end of the world, but if it touched the product, I'd...
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    I also used the bung opening and inserted a valve...

    I also used the bung opening and inserted a valve and line there. I have a hole cut in the side for cleaning and where I could have a float to trigger the pump to fill the head tank when it go low. ...
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    Yup, I think that's the direction I'm going now. ...

    Yup, I think that's the direction I'm going now. I'll go with a shorter-length table for the bottler if I need it out there and have space for the turkey fryer on the floor next to it. I can't put...
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    Good details. Thanks. I've been thinking about...

    Good details. Thanks. I've been thinking about getting table-top burners to keep things at a comfortable height, but I'm wondering if having the pot with the unfiltered syrup lower on a turkey...
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    Setting Up Space for Filter Press

    I picked up a short bank press in the off season and I'm hoping I can get some input for setting up the space in the sugarhouse for it. I currently make 6-9 gallons of syrup per boil, gravity filter...
  16. I've experienced that smell with some off-season...

    I've experienced that smell with some off-season and pre-season flushes. The soap wash will take care of it.
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    This is a common situation in the woods - at...

    This is a common situation in the woods - at least for me - where there's a beautiful tree or two off the path of the line down to the tank. It's too far off to zigzag your line to it, but you know...
  18. Vermiculite is feather light. If you don't want...

    Vermiculite is feather light. If you don't want to lay brick on top of it, it's okay to lay cement board on top. The up-side to either of those routes is you can adjust your distance to the bottom...
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    I cut a hole in the top of the IBC the size of a...

    I cut a hole in the top of the IBC the size of a 4 or 5 gallon bucket. The bucket wedges into the opening making a weather tight seal. No need for calking. Now you can drill holes in the side of...
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    Failed Sugar = Taffy. Now what?

    I found an old bottle of syrup and thought I'd make sugar from it. Nope. It never got past the taffy stage and didn't crystalize. I had a feeling.

    What can I do with it now? Usually my failed...
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    Ditto on the Optimizer. I've used 2 in tandem...

    Ditto on the Optimizer. I've used 2 in tandem for years and filter right off the evaporator. I have an RO and they can keep up. Last year, I made the jump to boiling 11% concentrate which I think...
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    You'll cut the old tee out and replace with a new...

    You'll cut the old tee out and replace with a new one at the same time - usually right before you are tapping. This is where having the two-handed tool or line tensioner is necessary. When I cut...
  23. Ah, you're right!

    Ah, you're right!
  24. Flavors are really personal for people. We all...

    Flavors are really personal for people. We all pick up different things and our memories and emotions get in the mix - not to mention what they ate from the last vendor. What you pick up as burned,...
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    It needs to be rinsed out really well, so...

    It needs to be rinsed out really well, so definitely no on the tubing.

    It's good on stainless, so it's okay to use it on the steam pans. Again, rinse really well.

    For sap pots, do you mean...
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