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    When I bought my LEIGH dovetail jig from Canada I...

    When I bought my LEIGH dovetail jig from Canada I did not have to pay any taxes. In fact at the time of the purchase I noticed it would have cost me more to buy it in Canada even with the...
  2. Thread: 400 gpm RO

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    Mattatuckmadness also uses series and discourages...

    Mattatuckmadness also uses series and discourages the use of parallel. I think he uses 5 or 6 150GPD in series.

    Another benefit to series is that you can more effectively rotate membranes...
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    Is there any difference in the quality of syrup...

    Is there any difference in the quality of syrup made from different birch species? I have noticed that Black Birch and Yellow Birch have a very sweet smell when you break a twig VS a White Birch as...
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    That sounds like a very interesting project. ...

    That sounds like a very interesting project. Please post the results of that when done.

    I have no more sugars to tap so I will be tapping some Red Maples next year. I plan to set up some kind of...
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    This sounds cool but the "KEY" information is...

    This sounds cool but the "KEY" information is left out. How does it taste? I have heard people say that they feel Birch syrup is unfit for human consumption.
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    I waited until Feb 24 to tap and was done by...

    I waited until Feb 24 to tap and was done by March 24. I made 84% of my expected yield on 50 taps. 10.5 gallons out of an expected 12.5. And it is really higher then 84% because about 8 if my...
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    I used to make syrup 45 years ago with the 7/16...

    I used to make syrup 45 years ago with the 7/16 or even bigger metal taps.

    6 years ago I started making syrup again using the 5/16 taps on tubing runs to barrels and drops to buckets.

    In my...
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    Yes, but the point I am making here is that the...

    Yes, but the point I am making here is that the best and safest thing to store your RO components in over the off season is good old fashion air. Unless necessity dictates something else as it does...
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    Yes I would doubt it to. But my point is why...

    Yes I would doubt it to.

    But my point is why let your RO canisters sit in it all season with the membranes and the metabisulfite solution. When you can just let the membranes sit in a...
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    In my woods I have a mix of reds and sugars at...

    In my woods I have a mix of reds and sugars at both locations I tap trees at. This year I tapped both the reds and sugars and if I could only tap one it would be the sugars. They run better and...
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    I will also store my membranes in preservative,...

    I will also store my membranes in preservative, Metabisulfite Sodium specifically.

    However it does not take a lot of it to kill a person. Consuming about half an ounce will kill a person, 99...
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    This seems like a good idea. But one of the...

    This seems like a good idea. But one of the concerns I have is how PVC stands up to metabisulfite sodium over time.

    I have been told by people that know something about it that it probably...
  13. Thread: acid wash

    by Sugar Bear
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    Has anybody ever determined if a 100 degree...

    Has anybody ever determined if a 100 degree permeate rinse is more effective then say a 50 degree permeate rinse.

    What I am asking is, if one is short on permeate for cleaning and rinsing would...
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    Were your membranes shipped/delivered at a cold...

    Were your membranes shipped/delivered at a cold time of the year when they could have frozen during the shipping process? I imagine that could be more of a problem in Vermont. I ordered mine back...
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    Great Season Taps in Feb 24 ... Taps out March...

    Great Season

    Taps in Feb 24 ... Taps out March 23.

    My favorite season so far. Mostly due to the home built RO. The stuff is mind blowing. Thanks to all the MapleTraders for the help on that...
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    Had a decent run of sap back half of yesterday...

    Had a decent run of sap back half of yesterday followed up by a night run. Still running today in the rain a bit. All sap is still fairly clear.
    Another boil tomorrow.
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    Being that I tapped on Feb 24 I am not yet 3...

    Being that I tapped on Feb 24 I am not yet 3 weeks old on my taps. So if I get one more good run which I suspect I will, it will put within 80% of my expected take of sap for the season. Although I...
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    If your taps are not too old you should get at...

    If your taps are not too old you should get at least another 600 gallons this coming week if the weather holds to what is predicted.

    Might even leave you approaching last years numbers.

    While...
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    Lots of sap today. My 5/16 run with 7 taps on...

    Lots of sap today.

    My 5/16 run with 7 taps on it hit 16.5 inches of mercury today. Wonder if that will be the peak for the season.
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    Sap is not flowing well this year. Today...

    Sap is not flowing well this year.

    Today seemed to have the best all around flow of the year for me. I have a 5/16" run with 7 taps ( high quality sugars ) on it and a gauge at the top of it this...
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    Very surprising. I don't believe it got below...

    Very surprising. I don't believe it got below freezing last night at either of my two tap sites. Anyway ... generated my season high of 11 inches of mercury on my 5/16" natural vac run. Taped...
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    I did a Home Built RO this year with the John...

    I did a Home Built RO this year with the John Guest Quick connects and 4 membranes.

    I had terrifying nightmares of "sap on" day.

    Had not a drop leak from anything ( quick connects or taped...
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    It seems like its getting late early. I'm...

    It seems like its getting late early. I'm starting to wonder about this year.

    Sap flow was fairly meager today for what I would expect.

    In my first boil I had only 65 gallons of sap and 35 of...
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    Sure seems like it would, because your creating head pressure on the line, the deeper the line the more the reverse effect you will get from that head pressure, which would be pushing back on any...
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    Are you implying that if a tree looses some of...

    Are you implying that if a tree looses some of its sap earlier in the season ( to a person or woodpecker ) it may reduce its brix on the sap it runs today??

    What if it runs the sap in January but...
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