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  1. Thread: Disaster Relief

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    I guess I have to ask a question on this topic. ...

    I guess I have to ask a question on this topic. If there is no accountability for people to take on responsible debt why should the government be giving money out?
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    I'm in northern Vermont so I go to the cooperate...

    I'm in northern Vermont so I go to the cooperate (if you want to call it that) stores not the re-sellers. In general any supplier will get you open house prices if you push on them a little. ...
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    Grimm and CDL have there usual discounts from...

    Grimm and CDL have there usual discounts from what I see. If feels like the discounts used to be larger, but honestly if you buy in bulk any time of the year you can usually get the extra discount...
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    Interesting question you bring up. We purchase...

    Interesting question you bring up. We purchase heating oil in the summer when it is less expensive and run that in our tractors and equipment all year round with no issue. I would say you can go...
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    Have you looked into ultra sonic flow meters? I...

    Have you looked into ultra sonic flow meters? I am a little surprised the maple industry has not gone that route already because most flow meters sold in this industry are not food grade rated. ...
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    Totally understood. That was the reasoning...

    Totally understood. That was the reasoning previously for me as well. When I went to 16 inch posts the weight of those changed my mind very fast (friendly to get rid of water not friendly to...
  7. Thread: 2021 Bulk Pricing

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    Bascoms and Butternut are the large buyers. I...

    Bascoms and Butternut are the large buyers. I don't know if maple grove is buying from many produces now or not, but they used to.
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    I was doing the same thing until a couple years...

    I was doing the same thing until a couple years ago. Now I just to the last rinse, close all the valves and let the membranes sit in permeate until next year.
  9. Thread: New RO

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    long rant about leader there, but I have to...

    long rant about leader there, but I have to agree. I would put out there that they serve small producers well, but when you get to the 1000 tap mark its better to get away from them because they are...
  10. Thread: New RO

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    As far as brand goes make sure to think about...

    As far as brand goes make sure to think about service and availably to parts. I'm in northern Vermont and could go to any dealer in the maple industry, but because of the outstanding service team I...
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    Sounds like you will have a busy off season. ...

    Sounds like you will have a busy off season. Enjoy it you'll be happy with an RO.
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    you can get the sap to the 16% range by...

    you can get the sap to the 16% range by recirculating a lot. Its going to take you more than and hour or two though. If my goal was to run 500 to 700 gallons of sap to 16% in that time frame I...
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    Color came up a lot over the last 2 nights which...

    Color came up a lot over the last 2 nights which was nice. SCC has just been a steady 1.6 to 1.7 all year but it is running alright. Hoping another week will help out a bit and turn it into an...
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    my 2 cents are a larger rig isn't a bad idea. ...

    my 2 cents are a larger rig isn't a bad idea. That being said a Small RO is money much better spent and time saved. I'd think a 2x4 hybrid feeding it with 10% could keep up with 200 taps. Could be...
  15. Thread: Second R/O

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    an additional post will be more cost effective in...

    an additional post will be more cost effective in the sort term. I was looking at the 2 RO route a while back, but in the end just decided to go with 1 that had multiple pressure pumps for...
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    Dave, Thank you for sharing the beginnings...

    Dave,

    Thank you for sharing the beginnings and growth alone the way. My fingers are crossed your youngest grandchild will want to take over. Passing on the traditions are talks my wife and I...
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    It would be a difficult number to get, but I'd...

    It would be a difficult number to get, but I'd agree. Profit at the end of the day decides if a business can keep moving on or should close the doors.
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    You could always try the VFD option on your...

    You could always try the VFD option on your pressure pumps so that you could match the flow rates. That would still be manual but maybe serve better in matching the flow rates.
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    Its funny you bring this up because I have said...

    Its funny you bring this up because I have said for a while if someone were to put a water depth sensor on a piggyback/steam away with a signal that can modulate a valve on the RO concentrate line...
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    Flow rates are a big factor when sizing an RO to...

    Flow rates are a big factor when sizing an RO to me. Of course these are difficult to pinpoint because with the change in incoming sap sugar content and temperature your flow rates can change from...
  21. Thread: Bulk prices

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    ouch that's lower than I was expecting, but they...

    ouch that's lower than I was expecting, but they hold the cards. Does anyone know what the organic premium is looking like this year?

    Does anyone know what butternuts prices are? Generally...
  22. Thread: Squirrel chews

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    Interesting idea. My deterrent comes in a shell...

    Interesting idea. My deterrent comes in a shell form and seems to work well. Plant some walnut trees in your lawn and throw a bird feeder in there. They come right to the deterrent.
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    Sugarhouse is at 1300 feet. Lowest taps are at...

    Sugarhouse is at 1300 feet. Lowest taps are at 1400 and we go up from there. There always seems to be snow at much house in the winter when it isn't snowing anyway else around me. Usually still...
  24. Grade and size are always a fun one to predict. ...

    Grade and size are always a fun one to predict.

    Some years everyone will want quarts of fancy and we run out of them right off. So the next year we bottle more, but everyone wants half gallons...
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    blissville maples I'm glad its not just me. ...

    blissville maples

    I'm glad its not just me. The larger trees always give me problems pushing spouts out. I tell myself its because of the thicker bark as I'm walking around resetting them all. ...
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