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    Kevin, Congratulations on the award at the...

    Kevin,
    Congratulations on the award at the Geauga Co Maple Syrup Contest!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Some candy:...

    Folks,
    Some candy:
    https://i.imgur.com/gX65hct.jpg

    Regards,
    Chris
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    Folks, Made some of the sauces to restock the...

    Folks,
    Made some of the sauces to restock the shelves too:
    Maple Mustard:
    https://i.imgur.com/RXne9AO.jpg

    And Maple BBQ:
    https://i.imgur.com/CpdB882.jpg

    Also Maple Peanut butter is a big...
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    Folks, All maple production systems are back in...

    Folks,
    All maple production systems are back in the sugarhouse. Rinsed sanitized and hung up.
    Cheryl and I made Maple Cotton Candy yesterday:

    https://i.imgur.com/eVC82DM.jpg
    ...
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    So yes all this sounds about normal. Your beyond...

    So yes all this sounds about normal. Your beyond the half way point of the season. Everything has some amount of normal microbs in it. you want to see if you can come back up a grade so you do your...
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    If you have time you can also boil slower along...

    If you have time you can also boil slower along with boiling deeper. This will get get you the color. Aging sap may get you the flavor.
    The other thing to do is to educate your customer base to like...
  7. Thread: Maple sugar

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    Steve Childs from Cornell has done work using a...

    Steve Childs from Cornell has done work using a pressure cooker with applied vacuum to do a very rapid cool down for products like cream. He might be able to help, or his information might be out...
  8. Thread: Maple Sugar

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    canaamaple, Well maybe my next batch will not be...

    canaamaple,
    Well maybe my next batch will not be good, but made some nice sugar with good creep a month ago using just about the method and equipment you describe too. I do a gallon of Amber boiled...
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    I am sure you can find a new or used one. I found...

    I am sure you can find a new or used one. I found a chunk of stainless channel, cut and welded it together for a new stack base. Should be good for another 70 years. Good luck on your rebuild. I did...
  10. I might look at it differently. And remember I...

    I might look at it differently. And remember I boil raw sap in a big old 3 x 10 with 5 foot pans (Drop flue custom pans) with only about 700 taps.
    I would tell you to change rigs when you get to...
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    Sure it will work if mother nature give you...

    Sure it will work if mother nature give you better sap next time it runs. Its a roll of the dice. It might come back up a grade even if you did not clean up. Have seen it happen many times.
    Regards,...
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    Gabe is right on how better to keep your sap cool...

    Gabe is right on how better to keep your sap cool on a warm day! And you were going to boil it anyway.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Good ideas can always be improved. Add my name to...

    Good ideas can always be improved. Add my name to the patent improvement with a spring loaded feature that as the weight of the syrup is less in the filter, the center is lifted as mentioned to move...
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    Folks, Got 1/3 of the tubing systems down and...

    Folks,
    Got 1/3 of the tubing systems down and hung up in the sugarhouse.
    Next dry day, I will try to get the rest of the shortrun tubing systems taken down, rolled up and brought home.
    Regards,
    ...
  15. Tight and down hill. Regards, Chris

    Tight and down hill.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Sure that is always a option. Good luck, Keep...

    Sure that is always a option. Good luck, Keep boiling! Let us know how you make out.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Like Father and Son, I vote for the vinegar and...

    Like Father and Son, I vote for the vinegar and water too. I used 6 gallons. 2 in steam away, 2 in rear pan, and 2 in front pan. Filled each with water and brought to 160 ish, a couple times. light...
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    Couple things come to mind. The 2x4 pan is not...

    Couple things come to mind.
    The 2x4 pan is not very big to get a gradient going.
    Maybe if the seams were solid it would be better, I would agree with that statement. I believe without them solid,...
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    Good work, looks like the "others" were right,...

    Good work, looks like the "others" were right, there is some sugar there. Is it worth boiling? Another decision in life.
    Regards,
    Chris
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    What is backwashing? Regards, Chris

    What is backwashing?
    Regards,
    Chris
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    Russ, Good luck in your move down south and...

    Russ,
    Good luck in your move down south and future. You have helped and inspired many folks here on the trader! Wishing you and your family the best!
    Regards,
    Chris
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    I dont know? Kelly ordered them. Hopefully ones...

    I dont know? Kelly ordered them. Hopefully ones that live and make honey and aren't too mean!:)

    Well I saw buckets still up and some tubing still plugged in down in Springboro PA, and we are at 32...
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    I believe they are only for syrup. but seems it...

    I believe they are only for syrup. but seems it should have held up in cold sap transition?? I would ask them (SL) about that.

    Regards,
    Chris
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    Still boiling raw sap over here. I may be the...

    Still boiling raw sap over here. I may be the last one!. I had several runs where I brought home 120 gallons of sap, largest run this year was 900 gallons. Still having fun boiling. Do have the steam...
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    The SL Gold series hydrometer has the numbers...

    The SL Gold series hydrometer has the numbers which are very readable to allow easy matching with the brix dial numbers. When they match at any syrup temp in the cup your density is correct....
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