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    You need to get a temp grading kit, around $30. Then get some extra sample bottles too. This will give you a good indication of the clarity. I agree those jars may be distorting the clairity. Your syrup is for sure lighter, than the other. Nice job!
    Keep boiling!
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    What is the advantage of a grading kit over a basic hydrometer?

    I'm looking at buying this hydrometer... is it good enough for what I need? I've read there are sap and syrup hydrometers, so I will clarify that I want one for syrup. Also, what number does the hydrometer read when the syrup done? Is it an exact number or a range?

    https://www.amazon.com/Hydrometer-Mo...s%2C177&sr=8-3
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    It is a temporary grading kit. It has sample bottles of each grade for a given year. You fill a sample bottle, hold it up to a white background and see where your syrup fits with the "official" grades. It will also let you see your clarity compared to clear samples.

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    This is my grading kit slightly enlarged and probably cost $500 for the two windows!



    You need the hydrometer too.
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    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
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    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
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    Love your stained glass window! I have a friend with the same thing. About 20-years worth of boils in his collection. Agree about the hydrometer.
    110 Taps on 3/16" "natural vac"
    Leader Half-Pint Supreme with AUF
    Souped-up RO Bucket
    3 Black Rescue Dogs
    A Dozen Bee Hives
    A Flock of Icelandic Chickens
    30 Acres of Wooded Bliss
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    I've been doing this syrup thing about 5 years now and still learning. This is the first year I've used a hydrometer. Used a digital thermometer previously. With the therm it was always hit and miss. Sometimes too thick, sometimes too thin. This year with hydrometer results - perfect density.

    I just cook/finish the syrup until the top red line on hydrometer is visible - simple as that.
    And like I mentioned above - perfect. I don't pay any attention to the numbers on hydrometer.
    As far as color - it all tastes good. My filtering method is that same as yours.
    I only have 20 taps (just about right for a 1 man operation) and syrup is for family use only.

    Don't know if there is a Fleet Farm near you in MN but that is where I bought my hydrometer and cup.

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