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  1. Thread: RB25 Kit

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    The difference is the RO can be left unattended...

    The difference is the RO can be left unattended while it's doing it's thing. I sometimes have it run overnight so I can start boiling when I want in the morning.
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    I'm not in your area but if I was to guess I'd...

    I'm not in your area but if I was to guess I'd think gypsy moth.

    https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Forestry/Forest-Protection/The-Gypsy-Moth-in-Connecticut---An-Overview

    They should be past the...
  3. Thread: Gypsy moths

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    They are after the maples here after the birches....

    They are after the maples here after the birches. They even eat some of the evergreen trees.
  4. Thread: Gypsy moths

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    So I've been working combating these fcukers. I...

    So I've been working combating these fcukers. I sprayed BTK on my smaller landscape trees in the spring.

    I use tanglefoot around a few isolated large trees (most other trees in the forest have too...
  5. Thread: Gypsy moths

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    We have a couple maples and birch trees in our...

    We have a couple maples and birch trees in our yard that we'd miss if they were down, so it's a full time job making sure the tree bands are working and also scrapping caterpillars off and drowning...
  6. Gypsy (LDD) moth caterpillars are all out in...

    Gypsy (LDD) moth caterpillars are all out in southern ontario.
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    For small operations, the best way I've found to...

    For small operations, the best way I've found to reduce sand is to let the syrup settle for a couple days in the fridge between last boil and bottling.

    Carefully avoiding the sand in the bottom...
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    If you didn't have the 100' of drop for your...

    If you didn't have the 100' of drop for your vacuum, would it still have worked?
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    I have not been successful with DE using gravity...

    I have not been successful with DE using gravity filters, or even with my vacuum filter.

    I would be very careful and only try a small batch to test out if it works.

    My DE seems to go right...
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    Unfortunately it's unlikely I would find someone...

    Unfortunately it's unlikely I would find someone who would want to filter my syrup.

    From the few responses, it almost sounds like I should add more DE to the syrup and try to cycle it through the...
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    I ended up taking my 19 bags down and rinsing...

    I ended up taking my 19 bags down and rinsing them out and waiting for a freeze.

    Ended up with an extra 195L of sap over a week and boiled down to 3.75L of dark syrup.

    That was about 25% of my...
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    We only do 20 bags and didn't have any chews this...

    We only do 20 bags and didn't have any chews this year. We only put a piece of folded over duct tape on the bottom corners.
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    It was $27 when I bought it. So what happens...

    It was $27 when I bought it.

    So what happens to the syrup before the cake gets built up? Does the DE pass though?
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    Ideas for recovering from DE screwup?

    So in a quest to get clearer finished syrup, last year I tried using DE (Diatomaceous Earth) in my vacuum filter. I foolishly tried it on my big (for me) last batch of syrup. It has resulted in...
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    Jealous. Very nice build. What do you figure...

    Jealous. Very nice build.

    What do you figure the cost of materials is?

    I don't know how you're not scorching the sap with your preheater wrapped around the stove pipe. What are your stack temps?
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    I looked at my previous years logs and I've...

    I looked at my previous years logs and I've generally collected into April. I've only collected sap 6 times this year.
    I decided to take the bags off the 20 trees and rise them and wait until we get...
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    Do you have the inner ferrule installed in the...

    Do you have the inner ferrule installed in the plastic tubing?
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    Surviving a warm spell

    I wasn't sure which forum this question should be located in.
    We are going to have a warm spell here and any sap I collect would quickly spoil so I'm not going to bother collecting anything. In fact...
  19. Thread: Leaking bags

    by wobbletop
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    I put duct tape on the bottom corners of my bags...

    I put duct tape on the bottom corners of my bags as that's where I've seen the most chew holes. Last year was worse for me. This year I have had zero chew holes. I probably just jinxed myself.
    ...
  20. Yes. Although I believe the higher concentrate...

    Yes.

    Although I believe the higher concentrate sap is heavier so sinks to the bottom so if your input line is sitting at the bottom, it may not be as efficient.
  21. The difference between the different GPD...

    The difference between the different GPD membranes is basically surface area. The 400GPD membranes have 8x the surface area of a 50GPD membrane, so they can process the sap faster. It could mean the...
  22. Started with a 150GPD membrane then added 400GPD...

    Started with a 150GPD membrane then added 400GPD membrane in series the year after. Bought them off amazon.
    They make membranes that are specific for sap but only when you get into the large 4ft...
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    What pump are you using to get the sap out of the...

    What pump are you using to get the sap out of the drums?
  24. It's a cooler area at the back of the evaporator...

    It's a cooler area at the back of the evaporator and it gets it out of the way.
    I just use 3" duct piping and a bathroom exhaust fan. They tend to be quieter than other fans. I drilled a few 1/4"...
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    I've heard of people using clamps like these......

    I've heard of people using clamps like these...
    https://www.amazon.ca/Spring-Clips-Silicone-Vacuum-Fastener/dp/B077Z68ZDL/ref=lp_9163158011_1_3
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