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    Funny this comes up now because I was recently thinking about converting my 15 gallon lapierre drawoff tank (14" dia.) into a vacuum press. Any idea how much syrup you can actually filter through them before it needs to be broken down? My thought was to keep it as a drawoff, but filter it and then pump into the canner. Do you need the ring and clamps to get it to seal properly?

    I have a 7" CI press I'm looking to upgrade. I was going to go with a full 7" aluminum press, but thinking about this as an alternative. Typically, I can go all night without breaking my press down, which I like, but the vacuum press looks like this would be pretty quick turnaround if needed.
    Josh

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    Bascom had the price for 9 inch at $445, he had the 12 inch in his truck for the CT meeting Saturday, but we did not get a chance to see it. I was interested to see if it appeared well made, as there are upsides to a quality made unit versus a DIY from stock pots. The Canadian unit does not list a 9 inch, not sure how much shipping would be. a 12 inch would be too big for my needs at moment.
    2014 Year 1, 1 large front yard shade tree with 3 taps - 3 quarts of the best syrup I ever had.
    2015 - Convince In-laws and Neighbors, bought F-150 and bricks. 20 taps, 4 gallons in pretty bottles.
    2016 -- More friends and neighbors, should add another 20 +, built temporary shelter as sugar shack. F150 traded for Ram 2500. Big Blue new barrels for 116 gal storage. 8 gallons Syrup.
    2017 - Mortared Brick Arch with serving pans, no make that an 18 x 48 CDL divided flat pan, 48 taps.

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    the 9" is just going into production last week. the first ones will be in stores by end of the month. my guess is they will be similar to a cone filter but go through the papers very fast. the 12" are in stores now and the sides are thick so they don't collapse
    Fred Ahrens
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    I think a nice advantage of this design will be the quick setup, teardown and cleanup. I've been thinking of making a vacuum press using a coffee urn as the base, and a tapered SS bucket that fits in the top, and seats itself tight. I'm not sure how best to open the bottom of the bucket to allow flow through - maybe just drill a bunch of holes?

    Also, does anyone know what CDL is recommending to use for filter media? Flat felt material, or papers with DE?
    Dave
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    we have a special round filter that fits on the inside top
    Fred Ahrens
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    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

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    Make your own "special round filter" with a 36x36 peice of flat orlon. Makes 4 for this setup. I turn on the vac with the white switch on the floor in the top pic. Top pot has a cone prefilter attached and the bottom of the pot is cut out. No DE needed. Dont put in more than you can get into the lower pot.Screenshot_20190117-114433_Gallery.jpg

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    Secret is to build your own. Made this before ever seeing a commercially produced one. Maybe spent 100? Vac is 6.5 hp but too much suction so I reccomend something smaller

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    Anyone thinking about a new vacuum filter for 2020? Filtering was my biggest hassle last season, and from what I am reading, the CDL 9" vac filter would be an improvement. Is that the best of the shelf product for a small hobby producer?
    2020: 31 taps. 3 full size steam table pans on a custom 6x water heater natural gas burner setup.
    2019: 31 taps on silvers. Back porch gas cook top with 2 full size steam table pans. An amazing 14.9 gallons in my backyard!
    2018: 22 taps on 9 silvers. Propane turkey fryer and full size steam table pan on electric stove. I made 4.25 gallons in my backyard!

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    I’m in the air between the Cdl vacuum and Wes fab 7” press. I plan on doing 75 to 100 gal a season with it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtheisen View Post
    I’m in the air between the Cdl vacuum and Wes fab 7” press. I plan on doing 75 to 100 gal a season with it


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    the vacuum filter is nice because it's also a bottling unit. I have one, but cone filter off the evaporator as close to syrup as I can first. then before bottling, bring to temp to finish and double check density and then put in vacuum filter and bottle right from it. works awesome, never have to clean the filter even after 10 gallons. good unit, only complaint is very sharp edges on it! I need to sand em or file em, been cut already! a very sloppy finished product cosmetically which was surprising coming from cdl.

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    I bought the vacuum filter last year. Best investment I’ve made for syrup. No more cone filter for me. No more hassles. That was the worst part of syruping.
    2006 - 12 taps on open fire
    2011 - 50 taps new 2 x 4 flat pan + warmer
    2012 - 65 taps new 16 x 16 sugar shack
    2013- 75 taps and no more, well maybe 85 now
    2016-97 taps
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