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    Default Not much Sugar Sand

    Is it just me, or is there a lot less Sugar Sand in the prefilters this year? Seems like usually there are gobs of it I let plop out of the prefilters before I start rinsing. This year, there's hardly any. (Not that I'm complaining)
    2012: Probably 750 gravity taps and 50 buckets.

    600 gal stainless milk tank.
    2 - 100 gallon stock tanks
    one 30 gal barrel
    50 buckets

    3' x 10' Waterloo Raised Flue wood fired evaporator w/ open pans.

    12" x 20" Filter Canner

    Sawmill next to sugarhouse solves my sugarwood problem

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    Been tapping here in Lyman NH since 1989 but I've been sugaring since 8 years old in 1968.

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    We are getting lass sugar sand in the filters but the front pan and my finishing pan are needing to be cleaned more often. But we are pushing a lot more sap through this year than ever before.
    Mike

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    I changed my front pan last night and was surprised at how clean it was even after making more than 122 gallons of syrup in it. Normally there would be a lot of build up to clean out.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

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    I've been thinking there is less niter build up than usual in my front pan. Seems to clean up well each time I reverse.
    Tim Whitens
    Willow Creek Farm
    Fulton, NY

    3000 on vacuum, 3hp 3ph Busch pump, 2567 Gast
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    Smile Least sugar sand I've ever seen

    I agree that the lack of sand this year is great. I've never seen it this good. The syrup is also the lightest color I've ever made. I didn't test the sap but I got about 11 gallons of syrup from about 400 gallons of sap with the first batch. Makes up a little for last year.

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    Lower down here this year. Haven't even had to open bypass valve on the filter press filtering this year.
    Brandon

    CDL dealer for All of West Virginia & Virginia
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