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  1. #11
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    I was pretty impressed. My syrup went from 24% to 42 (Very-Dark to Dark). I think it would have been even lighter if the first batch of sap I used to sweeten the pan hadn't been from the tail end of the warm spell last week.
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    So yes all this sounds about normal. Your beyond the half way point of the season. Everything has some amount of normal microbs in it. you want to see if you can come back up a grade so you do your best to clean what you can. Then the weather gerts warm for the next run and the sap is even worse than before but you make just a little lighter syrup. All sounds right to me. I have heard of some folks cleaning there rig every boil.
    I did a mid season drain and rinse of the evaporator, sanitized all 30 of my tanks in the sugarbush. and came back up a grade.

    Bottom row is 2021 samples of each boil. (note the darkest made was the slow boil during our Maple Taste and Tour weekend). Then the clean up and back to Amber, then end of season Dark Robust.


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    Similar result. My cleanup occurred three spots from the right.

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