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    Default Maple Straws

    Has anyone out there using a Anthony's Beehive Honey Stick
    filling machine to make maple straws. Do they work?

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    I have no experience with one but know that filling maple syrup in straws has its own problems. You are not able to put the syrup in hot enough to keep the syrup from molding or fermenting. Also if a little dense sugar crystals form. You could try boiling them after you fill them but most straws will not stand up to that. The other option is to keep them in the freezer and only take a few out at a time to use when needed.

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    ok thanks for the info.

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    We do them one at a time by hand and have been doing them for years. One person can do about 100 per hour start to finish. We have a test batch on the counter to see how long they will last. So far it has been almost 4 years and they are still good, no mold, no sugar crystals.
    First introduced to making maple syrup in 1969
    Making syrup every year since 1979
    3 x 10 oil fired
    Revolution syrup and max flue pan
    Almost 1300 taps total with 900 on high vacuum
    Bought first Marcland drawoff in 1997, still going strong.

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    We looked into the (scant) offerings for straw filling machines about 20 yrs ago. None were particularly appealing at that time, and I don't think there has been much of an improvement since then.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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