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    What sugar and granule size do you guys use to...

    What sugar and granule size do you guys use to for your maple cotton candy? I see that folks do a ratio of maple sugar but the only floss sugar that I see has flavors. Is the maple sugar that you...
  2. Being visible is important. 10 years ago I sold...

    Being visible is important. 10 years ago I sold at a couple of farmers market and virtually no one else was making making it. People would ask questions and when they realized that it could be...
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    "Exploding" logs on the log splitter

    I thought I would share a video I did with my son having fun with some logs on our manual log splitter. I like to use it in the sugar house for logs that I want to make smaller so they burn better. ...
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    Sorry I missed this or would have added it to the...

    Sorry I missed this or would have added it to the PM. Using the machine you can easily continuously do batches. While one batch is on the machine you can have another one boiling. You take the...
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    My sugarhouse is also on a border town and I...

    My sugarhouse is also on a border town and I collect sap from three towns along the Massachusetts/Connecticut border. I used to buy some sap from a couple of people in Massachusetts but since they...
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    3/16" fitting caps?

    I have a couple of end of line fittings on 3/16" lines that I would like to cap off. I know they sell (and I use) plastic caps for unused barb fittings for 5/16" lines but I don't see them for 3/16"...
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    I have trees across northern Connecticut and I...

    I have trees across northern Connecticut and I see a two week difference between my trees in the Connecticut River Valley and the ones in the hills. That helps extend my season by about two weeks...
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    I can try and put one together for you. I have a...

    I can try and put one together for you. I have a double machine that I actually have for sale. I should be making some sugar this week and will post it when I do.

    It's basically a horizontal...
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    You guys are getting cold on another level. I...

    You guys are getting cold on another level. I was looking at some of the forecasts and you don't often see highs in the minus teens for days and lows -40 to -50. With the windchill in the -60s, you...
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    Not really. It's just the pattern that we're in....

    Not really. It's just the pattern that we're in. We had weather like this for most of the 80s believe it or not.

    Parts of northern New England are having record snows and haven't seen nearly the...
  11. Thread: granulated sugar

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    I have a CDL maple sugar machine. It has paddles...

    I have a CDL maple sugar machine. It has paddles that spin horizontally. I suspect that it's what's causing the rocks to form because it's not fully mixing the sugar before it granulates. I'd like...
  12. Thread: granulated sugar

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    I was guessing the mixing part is what was...

    I was guessing the mixing part is what was causing it. I need to look at how the paddles are setup and see if I can improve upon that. Thanks for the info!
  13. Thread: granulated sugar

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    265°-270°F works for me too.

    I know I've had batches with dark syrup that I've boiled to those temps but I wind up with this gummy mess that eventually hardens but it never comes out right.
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    Kosher certification

    I have a customer who who is Kosher certified and is looking for a Kosher certificate from me. Is there anyone here who is Kosher certified or knows what is involved in the process?

    This customer...
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    I'm like others and have filed a Schedule F for...

    I'm like others and have filed a Schedule F for years and never had an issue. My form even specifically mentions maple syrup. You could probably talk to two different agents and get two different...
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    Thanks for the replies guys. When you're not...

    Thanks for the replies guys. When you're not 100% sure about something I know I can count on getting some direction here. Lots of good suggestions.

    The stuck piston diagnosis was a good one. It...
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    I received my new pump and am trying to get it...

    I received my new pump and am trying to get it working optimally but so far I'm not impressed with the performance. So far I've been mostly moving cold syrup but still. For those using air powered...
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    Is that the Leader cream machine? ...

    Is that the Leader cream machine?

    https://www.leaderevaporator.com/p-139-maple-cream-machine.aspx

    I'm curious what that machine can produce in sugar. 20lbs would be pretty good. How about...
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    Hi Jon, I have a double CDL machine and typically...

    Hi Jon, I have a double CDL machine and typically make about 20lbs of granulated sugar give or take each batch. I say give or take because part of the batch are clumps or sugar rocks that need to be...
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    Awesome! It's a good day!

    Awesome! It's a good day!
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    Thanks for the tip! I gave them a call and they...

    Thanks for the tip! I gave them a call and they are having one shipped from the factory. I should have it by the end of this week so the timing is perfect. I couldn't beat the $385 price and...
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    Thanks. The 150° limit of the polypropylene is what I was talking about. I'll look for a Wilden pump.

    Anyone have input on this model?
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    Thanks guys for the responses. I appreciate the...

    Thanks guys for the responses. I appreciate the info. After some searching this morning I think I've determined that most places online just order from the manufacturer and then ship the customer,...
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    Air powered diaphragm pumps

    I know there are a few users of air powered diaphragm pumps to pump syrup (hot and cold) and I'm hoping someone can give me some direction. I have a couple of big orders coming up and I'll need to...
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    I use Farm Family as well. It covers my home,...

    I use Farm Family as well. It covers my home, sugaring operation and liability insurance.
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