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    Default Correcting Syrup Density

    Got a question about correcting finished syrup density.
    It sounds like the general preference is that if you must err, err on the dense side because it is easier to water down.
    I've seen various opinions on what to use... permeate, any old water, distilled water, or sap.
    But I haven't seen anyone mention how to get a homogeneous mixture.
    Does this just happen on its own when you add water to syrup at any temperature? Do you stir it? Do you need to boil it? Does heating to 180 for bottling do the trick?
    That is all!
    Thanks!
    Andy

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    The proper material to use to dilute dense syrup to the proper density include: potable water (tap water, permeate, condensate...all only if actually clean and drinkable) or sap/concentrate that has been boiled. Unboiled sap or concentrate can introduce spoilage microbes.

    There are a variety of maple calculators, including a density blending calculator available at: https://blogs.cornell.edu/cornellmap...e-calculators/

    Mix, then thoroughly, then confirm proper density. If unboiled sap/concentrate were used, then boil first after mixing.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    Tim, that calculator is awesome, thanks for sharing!

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