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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Weston, CT


    Quote Originally Posted by Andy VT View Post
    Awesome, OK, I've heard all I need to hear to stay away from the pickle buckets!
    So far, I've heard a lot of positive reviews and never a negative review on using plastic food grade buckets that originally contained cake frosting/icing.
    Is this the general consensus?
    These are more work to obtain but are obtainable for free around here.

    So far I've only used brand new buckets but they sure do add up if adding some taps to the operation!
    I have used 5 gallon pickle buckets as well and had your concern. I don't think it had any impact on syrup flavor.

    A ways back I got to some thinking about this kind of thing.

    Smell detection does not really mean you will be able to taste anything from the smells source. However, we by nature think that we will, mostly because it often does.

    Taste buds are designed to work off much larger/substantial/sizable amounts of substance. Your nose is designed to work off MUCH smaller particles.

    You do not taste with your nose, you taste with your tung a much different organ.

    When I was suspicious of my green pickle buckets that still smelled of pickles, and after washing them well they still smelled, I went after the source with my tung and buds, so I stuck my head up inside the bucket and licked the side of the bucket to see if I could taste pickles.

    I could not, so I trusted in my taste buds over my nose and used a few.

    Now .... only a small percentage of my collection was done with pickles pails so my test scenario is NOT solid.

    Additionally, if you are going to stow/stew for any considerable time sap/syrup in polymers with a preexisting smell, all money and bets are off the table for me.

    Also, if your pickle pails are green like mine are, they will warm your sap measurably faster than white buckets will.
    Last edited by Sugar Bear; 01-13-2023 at 07:41 PM.
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Tolland, Ct


    I have a couple that had bakery stuff. BUT I only use them in an emergency. I DO have one that i always full of permeate water in case the pan is about to burn if I don't have concentrate nearby. I also have one full of permeate water that if I need to rinse off any of my stuff (like the scoop for foam, or any other minimal stuff) I have one for garbage too.

    I am not touting my syrup as better than anyone's, let me preface with that. But I have had WAY too much syrup that I bought from other sugar houses over the last 5-10 years, that had off flavor. I am PARANOID about that.

    I have a few people that I have convinced to give me HONEST answers, even if they think it will hurt my feelings. THAT is the most important thing. I have put aside a gallon of syrup before because I thought it was off flavor even when no one else did (thats a lot considering last year I only made 6 gallons... THIS I think is the most important thing, having honest reactions to the syrup. I am hoping to be comfortable enough with it this year to sell it. I wanted to get to a good quality before I started selling it.

    Made amazing candy however and I bet the sugar I am going to make with the rest will be amazing also!

    TLDR, make a batch completely separate if at all possible and try it yourself, and get some friends/enemies to test it and give you an honest answer.

    Interesting point made in the yearly preseason meeting this year. Submit it to local fair/contests as a test. Most local fairs cost nothing or under $10.
    #1 it is pretty much free.
    #2 most of the time they are looking hard at flavor, and they give you notes. If you submit to 3-4 and 1 says it is an off flavor, take it with a grain of salt. If 3 of the 4 say it, you may have an issue.
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    2021 - 2nd year - 19 Taps (and some free sap from a friend in the same town!) 145 or so OZ
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