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    What part of the tree are the brackets attached...

    What part of the tree are the brackets attached to? The main trunk? Big branches? Branches certainly move. I think they can become more or less vertically oriented relative to the stem over time,...
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    Okay a couple of quick thoughts: 1 - You might...

    Okay a couple of quick thoughts:

    1 - You might get more hits on this topic if you posted it in the "bottling" forum rather than the "Massachusetts" forum.

    2 - Sounds like your volume is at...
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    Hey Aaron, Seems like you wound up with a...

    Hey Aaron,

    Seems like you wound up with a pretty good season, despite issues with your stack, and a bunch of trees being uncooperative. How much finished syrup did you wind up with?

    Hard to...
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    Yes I have noticed a bitter flavor from raw syrup...

    Yes I have noticed a bitter flavor from raw syrup with a lot of niter in it. The syrup tastes fine right away, but after a few seconds in the mouth, it gets this astringent flavor. Not quite...
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    Sounds like a great season, Aaron! GO

    Sounds like a great season, Aaron!

    GO
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    linapale is a spambot. Just joined mapletrader. ...

    linapale is a spambot. Just joined mapletrader. Look at its other thread, containing equally irrelevant gibberish and a link to a website probably filled with malware (I didn't click on the link...
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    Pandemic-influenced tappers

    Syruping in the news: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/style/maple-sugaring-syrup-hobby.html

    Gabe
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    Congrats, Bill! And sorry to hear that...

    Congrats, Bill!

    And sorry to hear that bigschuss.

    When all was said and done, I had about an average year on the eastern foothills of the Berkshires. Sugar level was about average. Sap runs...
  9. Oh, cool trick, thanks for sharing! Hopefully I...

    Oh, cool trick, thanks for sharing! Hopefully I didn't ruin it by boiling it down with all that niter in it. I think I'll try the settling method for a couple of weeks, and then see if it still has...
  10. Off flavor from too much contact with niter?

    I'm wondering if too much contact with niter can produce a permanent off flavor in the finished syrup?

    For most of the season, after I filter a batch I take the felt filter and put it into the...
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    Ouch. I bet a few choice words were uttered. I...

    Ouch. I bet a few choice words were uttered. I try to just transport in a closed barrel whenever I can, but sometimes the way things work out it goes in one that would not survive an overturn, and...
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    Yesterday I pulled taps and did one final boil. ...

    Yesterday I pulled taps and did one final boil. I know there would be one more run this weekend, but other priorities need to take precedence, so it's time to call it.

    Had a smallish run (1 GPT)...
  13. Lots of people "overcook" their syrup on the...

    Lots of people "overcook" their syrup on the evaporator a little and then correct while bottling. Not sure why you think that would "make the problem worse".

    The moral of the story is you should...
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    I typically toss the ice too. Definitely not...

    I typically toss the ice too. Definitely not worth boiling. But the reason I say "typically" and not "always" is that if you check the weather and it is going to be very warm, and you can't boil...
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    I'm not in PA, but if I were you I would take...

    I'm not in PA, but if I were you I would take advantage of the good week coming, if you've only been tapping for two weeks. I don't know when your trees bud out, but if it might be soon then keep an...
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    Well that was a long night. I cooked down 72...

    Well that was a long night. I cooked down 72 gallons of sap, or 4 1/4 gallons per tap. Took me all night, ran out of wood and was splitting not fully seasoned wood just to keep it going. That was...
  17. Jigrod - a few thoughts: If I were you, on...

    Jigrod - a few thoughts:

    If I were you, on this small evaporator, I would just draw off when you get to temp, and finish on propane or in the house.

    Question: Do you have bungs between...
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    I took a day off last Thursday to boil. I've not...

    I took a day off last Thursday to boil. I've not been up to the Berkshires since then. Too busy packing to move the family from CT to MA this week. But this week, I'm sure, is the best run of the...
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    Two things: 1 - The longer you boil, the...

    Two things:

    1 - The longer you boil, the darker the syrup will be.
    2 - The bigger the batch, the more nearup you'll wind up with in the pan. If you're used to an inch in the pan, you may not be...
  20. At two inches deep, that should do it I'd think. ...

    At two inches deep, that should do it I'd think. Good luck!

    Cheers,

    GO
  21. How deep are you running it? If you were running...

    How deep are you running it? If you were running it around an inch I would think you would start to see the temp come up soon, but at two inches you might only be halfway there.

    GO
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    I know it's been nearly 10 years since this post,...

    I know it's been nearly 10 years since this post, but I just saw it for the first time recently. Most of the formula and description makes perfect sense, but I'm struggling to understand this part...
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    Likewise. I think cleanliness of buckets is the...

    Likewise. I think cleanliness of buckets is the most important, not sterilization.

    GO
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    Sorry, I mean the synthetic felt filter, not the...

    Sorry, I mean the synthetic felt filter, not the pre-filters.

    GO
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    Orlon filter - dumb question

    I can't remember which side of my orlon filter is the outside and which is the inside. One side is stiffer/harder, the other is softer. Dumb question, I know, but last time I filtered the syrup in...
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