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    Default Storing maple syrup in bulk tanks

    Does anyone out there store their maple syrup in a bulk tank? We buy in several thousand gallons of syrup and are looking at installing 2 - 1000 gallon bulk tanks, that way we could empty the barrels into the tanks and return the barrels. Any thoughts? I know the biggers packers do this but I've never seen it done on the scale we are thinking of.
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    Bascoms has a couple large tanks inside their building. it would have to be refrigerated
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    The larger companies also have a "nitrogen blanket" introduced into the top of the tank to reduce spoilage.
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    What if you used a vacuum bulk tank and kept the syrup under vacuum? Would this decrease fermentation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emericksmaple View Post
    What if you used a vacuum bulk tank and kept the syrup under vacuum? Would this decrease fermentation?
    No. It would reduce aerobic spoilage, but not anaerobic degradation (fermentation).
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    A smaller producer around here used to store syrup in a 300 gallon bulk tank. He installed ultra violet lights in the top. Said it kept quite well
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    Do you know if he also refrigerated it? Any thoughts Dr. Perkins?
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    Might help for microbes that float...not for those that sink. If you constantly stirred it perhaps, but UV penetration through syrup is VERY low...very top surface only. Keeping it cold would help.
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