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    Default Filter Aid Issue???

    Here's my issue .....

    If I use filter aid in my press it plugs up ......
    If I use 1/2 cup for the first pot ( 3/4 gallon) it plugs ......
    If I use a tablespoon full it plugs .......
    If I don't use any filter aid I get 7 gallons through it ......

    Last year it was fine ...... had different filter aid
    Well it looked different ..
    The filter aid I have this year looks like powder ..... got it from a maple dealer ....

    Any thoughts????
    2x5 SS home design on a home design arch w/ forced draft
    SS Evaporation Enhancement Unit
    Home design filter / canner
    Daryl Sheets filter press
    300 taps (280 on line, 20 buckets)
    120 gph Home Design RO
    2017 Chevy Silverado w/ 275 gallon tank
    8x16 sugarhouse w/ attached woodshed
    A wife, family and friends that love to help!!

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    Hmmm bad filter aid
    30x8 Leader revolution, wood fired blower, steamaway/hood. 903 taps all but 54 on pipeline and 3 vacuum systems. Hauling sap this year with a 99 F350 7.3 diesel dump and of course back up is the Honda 450 and trailer.

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    I got this from a larger producer who got it a maple supplier .....
    He isn't having any issues with it .....
    It looks powdery .... is that a word???
    Got it towards the end of the season and had some of the older stuff left ....
    The other was a light tanish ..... this is very white .....
    Last edited by 3% Solution; 03-01-2018 at 07:52 PM.
    2x5 SS home design on a home design arch w/ forced draft
    SS Evaporation Enhancement Unit
    Home design filter / canner
    Daryl Sheets filter press
    300 taps (280 on line, 20 buckets)
    120 gph Home Design RO
    2017 Chevy Silverado w/ 275 gallon tank
    8x16 sugarhouse w/ attached woodshed
    A wife, family and friends that love to help!!

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    Food grade filter aid is very white. Is your press assembled correctly?
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    Yes it is ......
    2x5 SS home design on a home design arch w/ forced draft
    SS Evaporation Enhancement Unit
    Home design filter / canner
    Daryl Sheets filter press
    300 taps (280 on line, 20 buckets)
    120 gph Home Design RO
    2017 Chevy Silverado w/ 275 gallon tank
    8x16 sugarhouse w/ attached woodshed
    A wife, family and friends that love to help!!

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    Hey all ...

    I am getting some different DE tomorrow ...
    Hope it works ....
    I has to be the DE .... syrup goes through ......

    Thanks for everyone's input ..
    2x5 SS home design on a home design arch w/ forced draft
    SS Evaporation Enhancement Unit
    Home design filter / canner
    Daryl Sheets filter press
    300 taps (280 on line, 20 buckets)
    120 gph Home Design RO
    2017 Chevy Silverado w/ 275 gallon tank
    8x16 sugarhouse w/ attached woodshed
    A wife, family and friends that love to help!!

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    Dave,
    Hope the new DE solves the problem!
    You having a good season?
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

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    Sugarmaker,

    Yeah we're not doing bad ....
    The weather is looking good for the coming week .....
    We should be good ...

    How you folks doing???
    2x5 SS home design on a home design arch w/ forced draft
    SS Evaporation Enhancement Unit
    Home design filter / canner
    Daryl Sheets filter press
    300 taps (280 on line, 20 buckets)
    120 gph Home Design RO
    2017 Chevy Silverado w/ 275 gallon tank
    8x16 sugarhouse w/ attached woodshed
    A wife, family and friends that love to help!!

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    Dave,
    The season is very slow. Weather looks good right now but we tapped 4 weeks ago. Small run today trying to decide if I should gather or not? Would have 100+ gallons of 2% sap.
    We have made 73 gallons at this point, about 1/2 of a normal season.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    Dave, I haven't seen you on here for a while. Hope all's well.

    My filter aid is white, white and looks powdery. I haven't seen tannish colored filter aid before. I haven't come across bad filter aid before, but that could be it. Try it out and let us know if it still doesn't work.

    What about the papers? Are those new this year?
    Josh

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