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    a I noticed a similar taste in our last batch...

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    I noticed a similar taste in our last batch of the season..astringent/ dry in the back of the tongue not bad but noticeable. Some honey I've produced had similar qualities.
  2. Chris, you mentioned your sticker being off on...

    Chris, you mentioned your sticker being off on your sight glass. I have a site glass on my SL Flat pan on the Dauntless. I never used the sticker. When I boil now I fill the pan w/ 4 gallons (about...
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    There's a great video from Smoky Lake running the...

    There's a great video from Smoky Lake running the Corsair illustrating it's GPH potential. It was done inside the show room so presumably a tall stack. It never appeared that they had a blazing hot...
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    I tried adding a screen at the top of my stack...

    I tried adding a screen at the top of my stack once as a spark arrestor. It sooted up quickly and stopped the boil...
    never again.
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    I use Canola oil in very small amounts. No way...

    I use Canola oil in very small amounts. No way I'd use Bees Wax.
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    I think a pre heater makes a huge difference. A...

    I think a pre heater makes a huge difference. A coil preheater is easy to make and has a short learning curve. When I originally started using mine I did what what tommymc did., run water through it...
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    I have the Dauntless, the same damper set up. I...

    I have the Dauntless, the same damper set up. I left it wide open at first, never touching it. The last boil I closed it about an inch just to see what happens, the boil kept going and even looked...
  8. Old County Road; We made about 5.25 gallons so...

    Old County Road; We made about 5.25 gallons so not too bad hoping for more next year. Pretty happy with the Dauntless.

    Interesting post here, others have mentioned fire more often w/less wood and...
  9. We finished up our season here in CT. on my SL...

    We finished up our season here in CT. on my SL Dauntless. Our last two boils using a 20" x 4' flat pan avg.d 11.5 GPH . It took a few boils to dial it in but wood size, timed firing and type of...
  10. DrTimPerkins Thank you. Exactly what I was...

    DrTimPerkins Thank you. Exactly what I was interested in learning.
  11. Thx jdricksen. I understand 59 brix at 211* is...

    Thx jdricksen. I understand 59 brix at 211* is finished syrup. So using this example @ 211* how many brix under 59 will lead to mold growth. Just curious is there is a couple of brix/% leeway or is...
  12. What I'm curious about is at what brix does...

    What I'm curious about is at what brix does mold/spoilage come into play. Regardless of whether or not checked at hot or cold temp.
  13. Minimum Brix in relation to spoilage potential

    As a beginning hobbyist NOT selling syrup, i'm more concerned with a batch that may spoil vs. crystalize.

    So as I learn how to better use the hydrometer, and assuming syrup is heated to minimum...
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    I have 4 boils under my belt this season so far...

    I have 4 boils under my belt this season so far with my Dauntless using a flat pan. If you use all / mostly hardwood expect to end up low and a little low slow on the boil as you'll likely find...
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    Yes. My Dauntless is six inch.

    Yes. My Dauntless is six inch.
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    My Dauntless has no mortar tight bricks no...

    My Dauntless has no mortar tight bricks no problem. 1" ceramic insulation behind the brick.
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    You did a nice tight brick job there, I bet you...

    You did a nice tight brick job there, I bet you don't need mortar. If anything a quick coat on the seams.
  18. Looks awesome. Great use of something that may...

    Looks awesome. Great use of something that may have been thrown away.
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    Good to know. I'll make sure there's plenty of...

    Good to know. I'll make sure there's plenty of height and sap in the bucket.
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    Nice set up. 13 GPH is up there. I'm boiling...

    Nice set up. 13 GPH is up there. I'm boiling tomorrow outside for the first time using a similar preheater only using gravity. A 5 gallon bucket on a ladder. I have about 23 ft. (i think) of similar...
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    Is your tubing exposed or insulated and covered?

    Is your tubing exposed or insulated and covered?
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    Good to know ty for posting.

    Good to know ty for posting.
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    In Pomfret~Just tapped 5 on buckets for sap I...

    In Pomfret~Just tapped 5 on buckets for sap I plan to freeze in small plastic pails . Plan is to drop the frozen 2 gallon blocks into my 55 gal. barrels to keep stored sap cold. Good flow on all 5...
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    Nice. I'll be happy very happy getting 171* and...

    Nice. I'll be happy very happy getting 171* and or 10-12 gph
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    Cjadamec What kind of temps are you getting from...

    Cjadamec What kind of temps are you getting from your pre heater. I just rigged one up and haven't boiled or tapped yet up here in Pomfret.
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