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  1. I'm kind of partial to Gritty's Maple Porter with...

    I'm kind of partial to Gritty's Maple Porter with our syrup in it. Ice cream and a rib or chicken marinade ingredient are next.
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    Try the classifieds on here and Craigslist. With...

    Try the classifieds on here and Craigslist. With it being a down year for most, shouldn't have any problem selling bulk syrup.
  3. We never did it but talked about it. Our plan...

    We never did it but talked about it. Our plan was going to be to have 2 sets and swap them out every year. The unused set would get a good cleaning and reused every other year. There will...
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    Dr. Tim, what do you use as an additive with K-1?...

    Dr. Tim, what do you use as an additive with K-1? Is it just get increase Btu’s?
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    Our 2x6 evaporator runs like crap on #2 oil. We...

    Our 2x6 evaporator runs like crap on #2 oil. We bought it used from a guy who owns an oil company in VT. Clearly, they have the nozzle size and pressures set to run on K-1. We have a stack temp of...
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    Without looking at it I would have guessed 1" or...

    Without looking at it I would have guessed 1" or 1.25" for mainline. Is it just 1 mainline, 1200 ft. in length or several short mainlines? How far is it from your pump to the mainlines?
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    Sounds like a good time to hold your syrup for...

    Sounds like a good time to hold your syrup for anyone that can afford to regardless of where you live.
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    Yes but generally your dry line is a larger...

    Yes but generally your dry line is a larger diameter than your wet line. Might want to check out the Cornell Book on vacuum to make sure you have things sized correctly. Or provide some of the bush...
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    Check with your local CDL rep. but the CDL 600 RO...

    Check with your local CDL rep. but the CDL 600 RO should be able to get you there or very close with the right pump setup.
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    I’m with Nate, we ride the highs and lows selling only retail. We’ll need to buy some this year and the price will be higher. That means a little less money for us but we’re still making money. ...
  11. We also take ours apart. While apart, we put new...

    We also take ours apart. While apart, we put new diaphragms in so they're new for start of next season. Cheap enough at $20 each.
  12. If that Rollerflex stuff is anything like...

    If that Rollerflex stuff is anything like Tigerflex, it’s a better price.
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    Not a lot of personal experience with the CDL 600...

    Not a lot of personal experience with the CDL 600 RO's but have been around them enough. Buddy of ours has a 600 with an upgraded 7.5 HP pump (from 5 hp) and runs 3 posts to get 16-19% in one pass. ...
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    Give it hell van, glad to hear you're still in...

    Give it hell van, glad to hear you're still in the game.
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    Just keep an eye on the plugs. They can loosen...

    Just keep an eye on the plugs. They can loosen up with temperature changes and slush/ice pushing against them, if real cold. We clean our float box every boil, leave it on and plug it at the inlet...
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    520 gallons last 2 days. Best run and looks like...

    520 gallons last 2 days. Best run and looks like last run of the year. A very tasty dark grade so far. Will be all cooked today.
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    The owner of 5400 tap operation we worked for in...

    The owner of 5400 tap operation we worked for in Byron had 2 CDL 600 RO's. He was always around so keeping up with sap was not an issue. He did add a 3rd tower to concentrate to higher brix. Not...
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    Heck of a run here the last 2 days but mostly...

    Heck of a run here the last 2 days but mostly today. We had 350 to do around 5:30 and it was still running good. Sap should be fine to boil tomorrow and that looks like it for us with the forecast.
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    Agreed Steve, easy to get frustrated after 3 very...

    Agreed Steve, easy to get frustrated after 3 very good years in a row. Same for us, worst since 2012 but never a bad season. Just some better than others! Good sap run today, took a while to get...
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    We’re still in the game with these temps. It...

    We’re still in the game with these temps. It should run this weekend. We’ve never made buddy syrup and I don’t think we’re there yet. Our sugar maples are still tight and the reds just swelling a...
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    I don’t think you’ll find anyone upset by success of another sugarmaker here. Sure we get frustrated in a tough year but wish well for others. A buddy of mine on the other end of town has half the...
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    Your report on dark syrup and yeasty sap from the...

    Your report on dark syrup and yeasty sap from the start are similar to many guys in the western Maine mountains. I know large producers that stated the exact same thing. Mostly dark syrup, 1 of...
  23. This is a good post. I might suggest that the...

    This is a good post. I might suggest that the moderators considering making it a "sticky" thread. There are a lot of us smaller producers using these or looking into it and several different...
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    Boiling off 260 gallons of 1.5% sap right now. ...

    Boiling off 260 gallons of 1.5% sap right now. Given the 1 night freeze after being dry for nearly a week, I’m happy with that. Looks like a couple good freezes coming up and should make syrup...
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    We use the acid from the maple suppliers. Once...

    We use the acid from the maple suppliers. Once we are done, fill the pans half full with water and acid mix, bring to a boil and let sit for 2 weeks. Very easy to scrub anything left off. Then we...
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