Good bottling setup
Okay, I have a lot of syrup in 55 gallon drums and don't have a good way to bottle it. Everything thing I see from the maple distributors looks hookie. Here is what I am thinking:
55 Gallon Drum ---> pump to reheating vessel (used steam kettle??) ---> pump to filter press ---> pump to homemade bottling station (with thermometer and in my dream world a Brix reader guage) ---> pump/gravity drain back to reheating vessel
The cycle is so that the syrup stays at bottling temperature the entire time I am bottling.
What is a good vessel to reheat 20-35 gallons of syrup in?
Is there such a thing as an in-line Brix guage?
Or am I over thinking this who thing and I should just purchase something from a maple distributor (any recommendations)?
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