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    Default freezing syrup?

    Has anyone ever froze syrup in those plastic maple syrup jugs? wondering if there is any problems with that like tops coming off or if thawed out if it has a different consistency or anything I should know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hardmaple View Post
    Has anyone ever froze syrup in those plastic maple syrup jugs? wondering if there is any problems with that like tops coming off or if thawed out if it has a different consistency or anything I should know?
    I freeze all my syrup in glass mason jars. The syrup doesn't actually "freeze", it still stays liquid. You won't have any problem.

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    Freezing is best for long term storage and/or slow consumption. Mold can't grow on it in the freezer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John c View Post
    I freeze all my syrup in glass mason jars. The syrup doesn't actually "freeze", it still stays liquid. You won't have any problem.
    Could you please post a picture of your frozen (not frozen) syrup?
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    It will look just like his unfrozen syrup.
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    To actually freeze syrup the temperature will need to be about -70 F. That will take more compressor than you have. In the freezer is by far the best way to store syrup. In fact I tell my customers to store it in the freezer and just pour what they will use in a 4-6 week period and keep that in the fridge, then refill as needed and reorder when the jug gets low.
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    ok why is my syrup frozen? I boiled it to over 120 and it sheeted in chunks? Also people tell me my syrup in thick
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    Home made sugar shack with Caputo Rooftop
    15 gallon pre-heater tank with a circulating copper pipe stack heater.
    two 45 gallon storage tanks with transfer pumps
    150 taps (buckets)
    Arctic Cat Prowler
    Two big reds with bucket holders to collect the sap

    Good wife to assist me

    Getting sweeter one drop at a time.

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    If you are using a standard household freezer than I would say you do not have syrup. Just the other day I stored some unfinished syrup off the evaporator in the freezer. It had parts of it froozen. When I took it out to finish it and brought it to boil my brix reading at 211 degrees was around 56-57. Now when I originally took it off the evaporator it was acting like syrup.
    So, in conclusion I think you need to measure it with a hydrometer to verify you have syrup. My first guess is you don't.
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    I froze one mason jar from each batch, three did freeze the other seven did not I must be close. Thank you
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    Home made sugar shack with Caputo Rooftop
    15 gallon pre-heater tank with a circulating copper pipe stack heater.
    two 45 gallon storage tanks with transfer pumps
    150 taps (buckets)
    Arctic Cat Prowler
    Two big reds with bucket holders to collect the sap

    Good wife to assist me

    Getting sweeter one drop at a time.

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    I freeze all my syrup in glass half gallon mason jars also. If it is not made to the proper brix as measured by a hydrometer, it can have ice in it. Near syrup will have ice crystals, sheets, or pockets. Full syrup stays liquid, really thick.

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