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    That does suck. If you've ever thought about...

    That does suck. If you've ever thought about harvesting your land, it might be a good time. Find a logging contractor who chips up the slash and they will clean it all up for you.
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    We built the platform for our 4x8x4 (1200G) head...

    We built the platform for our 4x8x4 (1200G) head tank last year. Ran out of time and money so we used a 500 G poly tank last year but should have the new one this fall. We built it similar to what...
  3. You’ll love the tractor. I finally got one 3...

    You’ll love the tractor. I finally got one 3 years ago and use it year round. Definitely made life easier this winter with all the snow we had. We have snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, a side by side and...
  4. You shouldn’t have any issues bottling at those...

    You shouldn’t have any issues bottling at those temps though I try to do 180-185. As others suggested, do some searching in the filtering forum and I’m sure you’ll find some info on whatever 7”...
  5. If your bottler is propane/open flame I’ve found...

    If your bottler is propane/open flame I’ve found it very important to intermittently stir the syrup while heating it up or you’ll get crystals and possibly niter from over heating some of the syrup. ...
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    Gained 180 new taps that we will run tubing for...

    Gained 180 new taps that we will run tubing for later this year after the bugs subside. Planning to try setting it up with Shurflo vacuum. Also going to order and set up a 4x8x4 tank.
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    If its a gear pump like ours, you will be hard...

    If its a gear pump like ours, you will be hard pressed to get syrup to heat back up and get through once the press cools down with the full stack. That may work with a shorter stack, never tried it....
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    We’re still pulling taps in Byron. Still about...

    We’re still pulling taps in Byron. Still about 4000 to do.
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    The bush we work in has 5400 taps on 70 acres and...

    The bush we work in has 5400 taps on 70 acres and I don’t consider it overcrowded. There’s a few gaps here and there but generally an even distribution over the 70 acres.
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    Great to hear eagle lake, I was wondering how you...

    Great to hear eagle lake, I was wondering how you guys made out up in the County. A tough place to make syrup for sure, glad you had a good year.
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    Keep an eye out in the classified section. There...

    Keep an eye out in the classified section. There is a subfolder for land sales.
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    We’re definitely going to try something being a...

    We’re definitely going to try something being a new setup that we can install the spin seal saddles on. Originally we were thinking 3/4” mainline but now I’m thinking probably 1”.
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    Good to know, thanks for the info. I was looking...

    Good to know, thanks for the info. I was looking at Mountain Maples controller setup as well and he recommended the 4048. You running 1- 12v deep cell battery? I think we'll try it. If it doesn't...
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    How long of a distance are you running these...

    How long of a distance are you running these Shurflo's? We have a new mainline to install this year on some real nice roadside maples. Good slope along the road but I don't think its quite enough...
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    Thanks for the information. I’ll have to think...

    Thanks for the information. I’ll have to think about a floating inlet or some custom piping. I’ve seen used Lapierre turbos for around $4000 so that’s doable. Another option for a concentrate tank...
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    I have some research to do on the RO part. I’m...

    I have some research to do on the RO part. I’m thinking a used 250 size RO but not sure yet. CDL and H2O are the nearest support and most of my sugaring friends have CDL just because they are...
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    Thanks for the information. The tank is...

    Thanks for the information. The tank is accessible and easy to clean. We have hot water at the shack too. A big run for us is 500-600 gallons so the plan would be to ro and boil right after. Some...
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    RO and tanks

    We’re hoping to get a small RO in the next couple of years. One issue is the room we have for tanks. Does anyone RO from their raw sap tank right back into it? And just check the sugar content as...
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    I thought for sure we would have a run. Well...

    I thought for sure we would have a run. Well below freezing and buds still tight like you said but you never know. No such thing as a normal year. Had a lot of fun, a bunch of friends and family...
  20. No need to worry about pre-filtering off the...

    No need to worry about pre-filtering off the evaporator. Won’t gain you much. Welcome to the wonderful world of filter presses, you won’t ever go back.
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    Well I guess it’s time to tap out in Peru. 25...

    Well I guess it’s time to tap out in Peru. 25 degrees last night and no run here just a few trickles from the trees that still had some to give. Boiling down the flue pan tomorrow to get a final...
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    RO'ing can lead to more niter when boiling due to...

    RO'ing can lead to more niter when boiling due to the higher brix concentration of the sap. That's way high on the PSI, I'm surprised you didn't blow a paper. How much DE are you mixing in? I...
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    We'll end up just about average for us. Over 30...

    We'll end up just about average for us. Over 30 gallons is above average for us and we'll be just shy of it. We may actually crest over that mark if we get another run with good sap. New...
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    We are staying plugged in for a possible mid week...

    We are staying plugged in for a possible mid week freeze and one more run but will be checking sap before boiling and while we boil. Thinking we will be OK. Sap was OK yesterday just low sugar. ...
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    We’ll be looking at a drainable hobby RO in the...

    We’ll be looking at a drainable hobby RO in the next couple years. There are a lot of used ones out there as people are continually upgrading. I’m planning to go that route.
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