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  1. It probably will mean some of the bigger...

    It probably will mean some of the bigger operations will catch the early, early runs. The sap flow in January is usually low sugar content and the days are so short it might not be much of a run of...
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    Spotted lanternfly

    I was wondering what level of concern for our sugar woods should we have with this pest spreading rapidly across the U.S.? With taps just drying off as the first life cycle emerges the will the maple...
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    We have a Mempro 350H. Last year was our first...

    We have a Mempro 350H. Last year was our first year with it. They are a really simple and easy machine to use and maintain. i don't think i would ever go back to boiling raw sap again. We take our...
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    Our sugarhouse is 16*20 which we built for a 2*6....

    Our sugarhouse is 16*20 which we built for a 2*6. Plenty big enough, if I had to do it again I would run it off center with the hoods to save space.
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    Do you have them under vacuum? Reds will produce...

    Do you have them under vacuum? Reds will produce best with vac.
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    Put our Venturi on order yesterday! A new 2.5*8...

    Put our Venturi on order yesterday! A new 2.5*8 with all the goodies. Can't wait for sap next year. Are there any tips people have picked up running these?
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    Biz, aka mountain maple is your guy with ready to...

    Biz, aka mountain maple is your guy with ready to go vacuum system
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    We have only done a test boil using water so far....

    We have only done a test boil using water so far. Sap will hit the pans this weekend. I think the biggest thing for us was not having to kill a fan each time we open the door to throw wood. So far...
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    As I look for ordering taps for next year what's...

    As I look for ordering taps for next year what's everyone's opinion of the signature spouts? We have used CDL's maxflow spouts with good luck but the signature are cheaper. Does the 45 degree really...
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    I usually have the rinse,wash, and final rinse...

    I usually have the rinse,wash, and final rinse done before we finish boiling. I do try to let the first rinse of the RO run in the head tank for a minute or two. The couple of times I checked it the...
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    Thank you for all of the responses. Usually our...

    Thank you for all of the responses. Usually our RO is done by the time we finish boiling. I do think that we will chase with a little permeate to try not to waste concentrate. It adds up after a...
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    Shutting down for the night

    So just curious what people do when they shut down for the night. More specifically we are now boiling concentrate and don't want to waste any. Should we boil right to the fine edge and chase with...
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    Hoping for a good run today. Got down to 15...

    Hoping for a good run today. Got down to 15 degrees last night so it might be until this afternoon before i turn on the guzzler.
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    Very nice. I just wish someone could make grading...

    Very nice. I just wish someone could make grading labels that actually stick to a jug. There has to be a proper adhesive out there.
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    Our Mempro 350 will take 1% to 7.5% first pass....

    Our Mempro 350 will take 1% to 7.5% first pass. Better sap we saw up to 9%. But it's really a different animal then a 600. Works good for us.
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    We used 3-4 prefilters then the Orlon filter. As...

    We used 3-4 prefilters then the Orlon filter. As far as syrup still left over in the filters when you rinse your filters out, we used to do it in a pail of hot water. That sugar water that is left...
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    Take a piece of 3/16 or 5/16 and run from your...

    Take a piece of 3/16 or 5/16 and run from your tank to the front side of your pump. Use a saddle or whatever you use to connect the 3/16 to the mainline. Hope this helps.
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    I had this exact problem. There are only 60 taps...

    I had this exact problem. There are only 60 taps on this bush and it wasn't drawing enough liquid to keep it going. Added a recirc line and it has been working well. Instead of adding a ball valve i...
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    We wash everytime we concentrate.

    We wash everytime we concentrate.
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    Add more liquid via the recirc line to rule out...

    Add more liquid via the recirc line to rule out the pump. Last year when my pump started acting up for no reason it took searching every bit of line for a small squirrel chew that made the whole...
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    I'd check for leaks and make sure the reciric...

    I'd check for leaks and make sure the reciric line is open enough for a good amount of liquid.
  22. The start up? Do a rinse, wash then a rinse. We...

    The start up? Do a rinse, wash then a rinse. We had a Mempro 200 last year. You'll like it.
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    Piece of ceramic blanket to fill the gap is what...

    Piece of ceramic blanket to fill the gap is what we use on our 2x6.
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    Our sugarhouse is uninsulated so even between...

    Our sugarhouse is uninsulated so even between longer boils the sweet isn't exposed to warm temps. This usually only happens at the beginning of the season with the end of winter, start of spring....
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    Two drops of defoamer where the cold sap comes in...

    Two drops of defoamer where the cold sap comes in every time we fire (every 9 minutes). You might think you don't need it, but consistency is paramount.
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