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  1. Thread: Cdl hobby 250

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    We finished running the RO and then switched to...

    We finished running the RO and then switched to the the wash filter, rinsed 100 gallons, ran the wash, rinsed with 150 gallons.

    Mike
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    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep...

    We have not had a problem. I make sure to keep enough clean bottles for samples (we keep one sample from each batch through to the end of the year). Our first batch tested at 48%....my Dad and I...
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    We have used the Hanna for about three years and...

    We have used the Hanna for about three years and it works great. Our local high school has a sugarhouse and a lesson on making maple syrup and they use the Hanna.

    Mike
  4. Thread: New Sugar house

    by VT_K9
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    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old...

    Looks good and good timing. We torn our old sugarhouse down last April. Built a 28X60 (includes space for the tractor and equipment). Wanted to expand this year to about 1000-1200 taps, ran out of...
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    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the...

    BAP is correct CDL owns them and still sells the brand. Hang on to your shorts...they aren't cheap. We looked at turning our short into a long. We'd like to change over to a diaphragm pump to. ...
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    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap...

    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap flow started to increase around noon today. I am hoping the next few days it will pick up. The woods still have a fair amount of snow and there are...
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    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but...

    I haven't checked my sugar content this year, but we will peak about 2.25 and often stay around 1.75%. We have a few reds. A lot of our trees are on ledge and we have few field side trees.

    Mike
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    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the...

    Do you have the time to run 5/16" to finish the season or do your plans include a build out which requires more planning? You may not hurt yourself to run that 5/16" along the 3/16" and then when...
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    Found a couple of squirrel chews in one line...

    Found a couple of squirrel chews in one line which resulted in icing in the mainline. This was plaguing us for the last week or so and finally had a chance to walk some of the lines last night. Our...
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    There is a magic formula which maybe temperature...

    There is a magic formula which maybe temperature dependent to stretch the line X length.....

    I think the theory is to put it up tight around 30-40 degrees and you should be fine on either side. ...
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    We used to clean our 2x6 (older Grimm or the WSE)...

    We used to clean our 2x6 (older Grimm or the WSE) at the end of the year when boiling raw sap on 175-200 taps. Then as we grew the number of taps and then added an RO we ended up cleaning every 5-10...
  12. Thread: Cdl 250

    by VT_K9
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    Check for my past posts on here. We ran a CDL...

    Check for my past posts on here. We ran a CDL 250 since 2014. We have stepped up to a CDL 600.

    After each use we CHANGED THE FILTER then ran about 10 minutes or 125 gallons of permeate through...
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    I mix vinegar and permeate, heat it, let it soak...

    I mix vinegar and permeate, heat it, let it soak overnight, and flush it with more permeate. During the flush I would warm the pans up. This worked well for us.

    Mike
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    I used a one handed tool yesterday for several...

    I used a one handed tool yesterday for several tee replacements because it was what I had on my person at the time. I think a two handed tool is the best choice. Today I spent some time chasing...
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    Finished tapping today. Turn on vac and have a...

    Finished tapping today. Turn on vac and have a few more leaks to chase down. I hope our woods open starting tomorrow. By this time over the last two years we made more than 50 gallons of syrup...
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    We just bought a goodyear hose from Home...

    We just bought a goodyear hose from Home Depot...Drinking water safe, hot water, flexible in cold weather. We have used it once thus season and it worked well.
    ...
  17. Thread: Leader WSE

    by VT_K9
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    We ran a 2x6 wse for about 9 years. Good unit. ...

    We ran a 2x6 wse for about 9 years. Good unit. We did not set the mounted thermometer everyday. We used a second digital thermometer and then finished on the side with a hydrometer. We were never...
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    We have used it for several years now and had...

    We have used it for several years now and had very good results. We had a 2x6 WSE. We used about 3 gallons of vinegar in the front pan with permeate (or well water if it was not available). About...
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    Our test fire with CDL went great on Wednesday. ...

    Our test fire with CDL went great on Wednesday. Time to get the vacuum setup and put the taps in.
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    As of right now our concentrate is above the RO...

    As of right now our concentrate is above the RO room. We boil shortly after starting to concentrate. If our quantity of sap were to increase dramatically or the need to RO one day and boil the next...
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    Nice job. You will enjoy the benefits. We used...

    Nice job. You will enjoy the benefits. We used a small solar trickle charger to run a tank sensor in the woods last year and it kept the battery charged without any concerns. This is were LED...
  22. Thread: tank elevation

    by VT_K9
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    We are installing our sap tank and putting it up...

    We are installing our sap tank and putting it up off the ground 16". That will be enough room for the fittings and still above the inlet of the CDL 600 RO.

    Mike
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    The other choice is to cut the current lateral...

    The other choice is to cut the current lateral where you would install the tap normally. Then replace the section of lateral to the next tap. You will have a section available to use elsewhere.
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    We have our tanks in the sugarhouse and...

    We have our tanks in the sugarhouse and evaporator ready to be hooked up for a first fire by CDL on 2/20. Time to build the RO room and then get tapping. It would be nice to be further ahead....
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    What have you tried to use to clean the pans with...

    What have you tried to use to clean the pans with at this point? I would give vinegar a chance, try a greenie sponge, and then try industrial oven cleaner. Once those fail you can either buy a new...
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