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    Default Scale remover for glass jars

    Hey all. My property has very hard water and this even shows up in the bottles and jugs I use for storing syrup in. I know it's harmless but it looks awful to have that cloudy film son the inside. The design of the jugs makes using a bottle brush impractical. Is there a safe alternative?
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told

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    You could try soaking with a mixture of water in vinegar. They do have some small bottle brushes for narrow neck bottles too.
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    I have same problem. I tried vinager helped. This year I soaked in permeate with very good results. Maybe you know a neighbor that can give you some.
    2020 same
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    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
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    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
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    Thanks, I do know some people who have permeate but they aren't too close...and may use it that way themselves! I think I'll try straight vinegar for now. I think bleach is an alternative too, but I'd rather not use it.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told

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    Susan I would go for the permeate,definitely not the bleach,and even vinegar I would be afraid of leaving a taste in the bottle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce L View Post
    Susan I would go for the permeate,definitely not the bleach,and even vinegar I would be afraid of leaving a taste in the bottle
    Do you have any permeate kickin around, Bruce? I don't know how much I would need, but I have a good 1-2 dozen bottles that really need it. Trying vinegar for now followed by lots of rinsing. Making sure there is no vinegar smell left.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told

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    No,sorry Susan,we quit Sunday night,distillate from steam away is in pans cleaning them
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
    www.leggettmaplesyrup.com

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    You could also purchase distilled water. The should be at least as good as permeate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sapper View Post
    You could also purchase distilled water. The should be at least as good as permeate.
    I can get distilled. Just use it straight?
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    I can get distilled. Just use it straight?
    Yes use it straight,should “eat” everything right off the glass
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
    www.leggettmaplesyrup.com

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