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Old January 27th, 2012, 08:57 PM
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Finally got everything together on my version of an RO unit. Have it in a cabinet on casters so can move it around if need to. Hope mine works as well as 3solution's will.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Hell I hope mine works as good as yours!!!!!

And Ogden's Sugar Bush hopes the both of them will work so he can build one.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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looks great! your ruined now though you will never want to boil raw sap again
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I wish you RO gurus could figure out how to put a recirculation pump on these small RO's! Them they will be as good if not better than commercial units ! JimL.
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Sugarmaker, got enough sap first part of this week to try The RO. The sgar was 1.5-1.7% in the raw sap, had it at 4-4.4% coming out in one pass. Figuring was taking out from 50-65% of the water.
Found out that when fire up next day be ready quick for syrup to have to be drawn off.
Did a little re-plumbing from the plastic to copper on the high pressure lines but other than that seems to be working pretty good. Never around them before so figure it is doing what it should. Hoping the weather sometime before March gets cold again, had 24 Friday night and 40 high Friday but not even any drips anywhere. Temps for next week not looking very good.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Forgot, Jim do you mean to re-circulate from holding tank through the membrane back to holding tank? If so I do that just flip a couple valves. I bet even if added a small pump to yours would be fairly easy to get it plumbed for re-circulate. Maybe when I get up that way I'll stop and take a look at yours. From talking to 3% would like to get a good look at it anyway.
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How many gph do you think you were doing.
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I went through 75 gallon of sap Thursday in about an hour. Some people want to know how much permeate or how much concentrate, really not sure. Right now I know what amount of sap I can run through, coming out at 4%+.
I have found that I don't have to fill the head tank then re-circulate. I can just keep running into the head tank as I boil. The level stays at the same point till I shut down the RO. Also maybe a mental thing, that makes the level in the holding tank go down quicker so seems like really getting somewhere.
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Have a little more experiance with the RO I made. Been doing a little tweaking here and there. The sap I got today was 1.5% from the woods. Sap coming out of the RO after an hour running was 3%, checked the sugar % about a half hour before shutting down and had to check it 3 times, was coming out at 5% in one pass. Only thing have really changed is up the psi of the pump from 150 to 180 psi. Really helping out with the time spent boiling and the amount of wood use. At least getting in the house now before the wife has fallen asleep.
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