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  1. Got it. Thanks for the tips. I'll give it...

    Got it. Thanks for the tips. I'll give it another try next run.
  2. Yes it was hot. I poured the syrup in as soon as...

    Yes it was hot. I poured the syrup in as soon as it hit 59 brix. The felt filter was damp and cold from rinsing it out a couple hours prior.

    That is the new 9" one. The picture is after I...
  3. I did add a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth and...

    I did add a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth and stir it up once the syrup started to collect on top of the filters. it didn't appear to make a difference. neither did turning the vacuum on.
  4. Clogged pre-filter on a CDL vacuum filter

    I am learning how to use the 9" CDL vacuum filter but I imagine there are people here who have faced the same predicament with the larger versions. I put the orlon filter + 3 prefilters under the...
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    I'm in Columbus with yard trees and put in 14...

    I'm in Columbus with yard trees and put in 14 taps on Saturday 1/18. So far I've collected:
    11 gallons on 1/19
    16 gallons on 1/24
    9 gallons in the morning on 1/25

    That's half my taps, and I'll...
  6. Worried about an early end in central Ohio for silver maples...

    I spent some time this morning looking at my data from the past 2 years and comparing it to The Ohio State Phenology Calendar. They are calculating how many warm, growing days the trees and plants...
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    buckeye gold - how are your early taps doing? ...

    buckeye gold - how are your early taps doing? How would you rate the quantity of sap you are getting? I'm looking at some of my data from the past 2 years and it seems that early season produced...
  8. It's designed that way. I think it is designed...

    It's designed that way. I think it is designed for use on a gas burner. But I did a test by putting a pie pan upside down on my kitchen stove and it got hot, so I think this will work fine. It...
  9. That was my though too for a little bit, but the...

    That was my though too for a little bit, but the drawoff valve would get in the way. The pan would have to be 1" tall and boiling water with that shallow of a pan seems like a mess.
  10. Best filter/canner for a flat electric stovetop?

    Uh oh - wrench thrown in at the last minute. I was planning to buy the new 9" CDL vacuum filter/canner and now that it finally came in, it turns out the bottom is not flush with the sides (see...
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    Yep, looks like a cold snap is coming for a few...

    Yep, looks like a cold snap is coming for a few days this weekend before it warms up. That should produce a good run. But you have to roll the dice and hope it doesn't freeze solid for a couple...
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    Oxford - looking good. I made a very similar RO...

    Oxford - looking good. I made a very similar RO 2 years ago. It will process about 8 gallons in (4 gallons out) per hour. Just adjust it so you get a 50/50 ratio of concentrate to permeate. ...
  13. I like buckets because they don't put extra...

    I like buckets because they don't put extra weight on the taphole, and because the system is sealed from the elements unless you make the hole in the lid too big for the tubing. I usually don't have...
  14. I don't know if this is going to work, but here...

    I don't know if this is going to work, but here is a video of my setup running:...
  15. I am a professional at screwing up the filtering...

    I am a professional at screwing up the filtering process, and I can say from my experience, it's niter that you are seeing. Especially since you just used cheese cloth and not the standard paper...
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    Interesting that its darker than usual. I'm...

    Interesting that its darker than usual.
    I'm planning to tap on 1/25 once I get back from vacation.
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    Thank you for the info. I'll have to keep an eye...

    Thank you for the info. I'll have to keep an eye out this year for "stained" wood when I tap. Given that I hope to be tapping my backyard trees for the next 40 years, I like the thought of using...
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    Thank you guys for the info. I've read through a...

    Thank you guys for the info. I've read through a couple threads and the consensus seems to be that they take some tinkering. One of the other threads suggested a petcock valve and hand primer...
  19. Thread: City trees

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    With your 500 trees around the city, I’m curious...

    With your 500 trees around the city, I’m curious what is your process for collecting sap? Are the trees on city land or private homeowners?
  20. Thread: City trees

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    Any tips on gaining access to more trees? I'm in...

    Any tips on gaining access to more trees? I'm in a city in Ohio, so people don't always realize we can make syrup with the abundance of silver maples around here. I put a message on a public...
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    Is the tap count different for gravity vs vacuum?...

    Is the tap count different for gravity vs vacuum? For example would you put 3 taps if using buckets, vs 2 taps if on vacuum?
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    Do you think this pump is food grade? ...

    Do you think this pump is food grade? https://www.harborfreight.com/12v-dc-transfer-pump-290-gph-63324.html
    it says it for water for house so I assume drinking water.
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    I came across this thread and I'm really...

    I came across this thread and I'm really interested in the siphons between steam table pans. I run 3 pans side by side (long sides touching) and would love to add sap on one end only. Currently I...
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    I'm in Ohio as well and was tempted to tap early...

    I'm in Ohio as well and was tempted to tap early as well. The consensus is that if you tap too early, you could get a long period of freezing with no sap flow, then when it starts flowing again,...
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    Thank you for the reply. I saw your reply in the...

    Thank you for the reply. I saw your reply in the other thread about reaming out the taphole after the flow stops. If that worked then I could have a longer season. Mine is already short since I'm...
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