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    Default Leader WSE

    We have a leader 2X4 WSE evaporator. My question is do you folks who use this model machine finish your syrup in the evaporator or in a separate pan?
    Thank you

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    I have a 2X6 WSE, I finish it right in the syrup pan and takeoff into a wool cone filter. You can also adjust it when you reheat to bottle it.
    Mike Hughson
    Hobby setup first 4 years
    2016 85 taps new 2 X 6 drop flue evaporator
    2017 18 X 24 timberframe sugar shack.
    Just leased 1000 tap woods.
    Officially in way over my head.

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    We also have a Leader WSE 2 x 4 evaporator. Our pan has been divided into 3 sections. We draw off small batches very close to being finished and put them in a finish / canner and finish.

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    I have a WSE 2x6 that I expanded from a 2x4. I boil syrup to finishing density or slightly above. Adjust density down if needed just before filtering and bottling.
    Central Ohio
    Leader WSE 2x6
    Old metal corn crib converted to "The Shack"
    Smoky Lake 6 gallon water jacket canner
    Daryl 5" filter press with air pump

    2018: 100 taps, buckets, 31 gallons syrup
    2017: 100 taps, buckets, 15 gallons syrup
    2016: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2015: 100 taps, buckets, 34 gallons syrup
    2014: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2013: 100 taps, buckets, 52 gallons syrup
    2012: 100 taps, buckets, 37 gallons syrup
    2011: 93 taps, buckets, 47 gallons syrup

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    We ran a 2x6 wse for about 9 years. Good unit. We did not set the mounted thermometer everyday. We used a second digital thermometer and then finished on the side with a hydrometer. We were never too far off from syrup at draw off. I think it was more convenience to finish a larger batch of 5-6 gallons of syrup. As long at your can manage temp, density, and temp at packaging you will be good to go.

    Mike
    Tapping since 1985 (four generations back to early to mid 1900s). 200-250 taps on buckets and then tubing in the mid 90s. 2013- 275 taps w/sap puller 25 gal. 2014-295 taps w/sap puller 55 ga. (re-tapped to vacuum theory) 2015-330 taps full vac. 65 gal, 2016-400 taps 105 gal, 2017-400 taps 95 gal. 2018-additional 800' mainline and maybe 400 new taps for a total near 800 taps. 2x6 Leader WSE (last year on it) supported by a 250 gph RO.

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