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    I'm definitely adding a recirc line on my RO...

    I'm definitely adding a recirc line on my RO rebuild. Almost all the parts are here.
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    I've done that. There is one in one of the...

    I've done that. There is one in one of the bedrooms right now, but I can't explain how it got there, and no, it's not for anything weird. Although it's weird it's there,
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    Just made a maple salmon recipe tonight from...

    Just made a maple salmon recipe tonight from allrecipe.com and it is the best. Brown Cow Yogurt with maple (and peach when in season) is next in line. Maple on anything else follows that.
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    Is there a reason why they stopped? I'm curious...

    Is there a reason why they stopped? I'm curious if there is a problem with the syrup stored in those containers, and I bought my containers from them.
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    Interesting. I continually sample my syrup right...

    Interesting. I continually sample my syrup right off the draw off, so unfiltered, and it seems to taste fine. I actually have people request unfiltered syrup because they think it has less flavor...
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    Very nice. Questions: I see you have two needle...

    Very nice. Questions: I see you have two needle valves, but I can't read the labels. My unit is pretty simple, so I'm interested in how you designed the flow (and if you have a diagram). I also...
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    Pump looks good. I'm looking at this low...

    Pump looks good. I'm looking at this low pressure shut off (recommended by another Mapletrader in another tread):

    https://www.dwyer-inst.com/Products/Product.cfm?Group_ID=20043#features

    Not...
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    Belle, Very interesting that you rewired to...

    Belle,

    Very interesting that you rewired to 240v. I've been thinking about doing the same thing with my rebuild. Also, what is your feed pump? I haven't bought one yet. And finally, what are...
  9. Thread: Birch Tapping

    by Ghs57
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    What are the rules about which trees to tap,...

    What are the rules about which trees to tap, diameter wise? Just wondering if it's the same as maple. I have several black birches, which do run like crazy about now if I clip a branch. I probably...
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    I've got the sour sap method going, but as noted,...

    I've got the sour sap method going, but as noted, it is pretty smelly. I filled the pan to about 1" from the top, which takes about 75 gals of old sap. It's already working and bubbling away, but...
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    I've been running a 1-4x40 for 3 years with...

    I've been running a 1-4x40 for 3 years with nearly the same set up. My first recommendation is to go with 2-4x40s at a minimum. You might even want to look at a commercial unit. 1 is too slow for...
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    My main Shurflo (used as a transfer pump) is 6...

    My main Shurflo (used as a transfer pump) is 6 years old and has pumped many thousands of gallons of sap. I usually take it apart at some point to check out the diaphragm, but it still looks good as...
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    Last boil yesterday. Produced about 5 gals of...

    Last boil yesterday. Produced about 5 gals of flavorful dark syrup. Unlike others who have noted extremely foamy late season sap, mine was normal, not very clear, nor very hard to prefilter off the...
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    Looks like one more short boil this season...

    Looks like one more short boil this season tomorrow morning. My local trees have called it quits, but my remote trees started up after three nights of freezing temps. Test boil went ok, and the...
  15. Having just replaced my dirt floor in the old...

    Having just replaced my dirt floor in the old section of my shack with concrete (last summer), and built an addition to the shack on a concrete slab, that's the solution I'd recommend. It was a ton...
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    Made a few gallons of very dark yesterday. Sap...

    Made a few gallons of very dark yesterday. Sap was about 1.4% and cloudy, RO stopped at about 5% to leave enough to fire up the evaporator.

    We had a good freeze last light, and there are a few...
  17. I've been cleaning my lines with StarSan...

    I've been cleaning my lines with StarSan (home-brew and wine making sanitizing solution) for several years now. It's fairly inexpensive and it's worked great. I have not had any mold or anything...
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    Sap is running just enough to keep pushing stale...

    Sap is running just enough to keep pushing stale sap out of the lines. Red maples stating to flower, but that has no effect on the flavor of the syrup (see Dr. Tim). So, I'm hanging on until the...
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    Another vote for the Murphy float/SL hydrometer. ...

    Another vote for the Murphy float/SL hydrometer. Sanity saving devices.
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    I have had a tremendous amount of help with...

    I have had a tremendous amount of help with tapping and boiling, and even with some work that needed to be done on the shack, after my fall. This season would have been a total loss without it.

    I...
  21. Thread: Western New York

    by Ghs57
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    Yes, I'm running it now. Mine rebuild ran more...

    Yes, I'm running it now. Mine rebuild ran more than the basic charge due to the damage, but still way cheaper than new. A spare would be handy to have if there is a failure in peak season.
  22. Thread: Squirrel chews

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    The deer got me last night. First time in a few...

    The deer got me last night. First time in a few years.
  23. Thread: Western New York

    by Ghs57
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    Hey guys, don't trow away those Procons! They...

    Hey guys, don't trow away those Procons! They can be rebuilt cheaper than buying a new one. Send them to Edco in California (factory authorized service center - do a search and you'll find the...
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    I was derailed on Tuesday when my ladder fell...

    I was derailed on Tuesday when my ladder fell with me on it. Ended up at urgent care with a badly bruised ankle, but nothing broken. I’m hoping to get back into the season in a few days. I’m not...
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    Man, the wind overnight was fierce. I have a big...

    Man, the wind overnight was fierce. I have a big tarp over the new addition, and it came undone on one side. Hopefully not ripped to shreds.

    Got the new arch bricked yesterday, and today the...
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