In the 30 years that I’ve been producing maple syrup I have never experienced a season with such dirty (cloudy) syrup coming off the evaporator. It goes through my primary filter from the evaporator but has a tough time going through the filter press. I can only get half the volume through the press as compared to normal years. Any one else experiencing such dirty syrup?
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I have been fighting large amounts of sugar sand every year and I attribute it to the shallow soil with lime stone . A great combination for growing Cherries but makes for a lot of minerals in the finished syrup. My syrup looks like mud coming off the evaporator. I have a 24×24 flat filter on my finisher and I use a very course filter and it clogs withing 10 gallons. I’m giving up with that idea and went with 2 more filter plates on my press.
I also have to clean my 3×10 every time I boil or I scorch my pans.
I guess I shouldn’t complain! This is not a normal issue here. We always have nitre to deal with but usually not to the extent you have. I can normally get about 20 gallons through my short stack 7″ press. This year it’s a struggle to get 10 gallons through. Happy sugarin’ !
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I used to have to clean my front pan every 300 gallons of sap. Two years ago my flue pan was even bad. This year I have gone through over 5000 gallons worth of sap and only cleaned 2 times and the first time was not even bad. I concentrate with an RO so less volume but should be same amount of niter. I do not know what is different but I do like it.
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I have never been able to get more than 7 gallons thru 4 window plates. Ever.
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