Can I mix 1:1 syrup by simply adding dry sugar and hot water directly into the tote, and let the pump keep recirculating until it is clear? Or do I need to drill mix it in a 55 gal drum first, then pump into the tote? Thanks
Yes, this will work. I have made syrup many times using this method; need to make sure water is hot, then slowly add dry sugar into tank and let recirculating pump work its magic. Use emmersion heater to get water hots.
We mix 10-12 totes of 2-1 each fall. We have a 2” honda water pump, suck out the bottom and discharge into the top 6”. We turn on the hot garden hose and start adding sugar as fast as we can. It naturally funnels into the 6” even with the 2” discharge and garden hose in the top. We add 40 - 20kg bags of sugar, and usually have the sugar added by the time the tote is 85-90% full. Then we continue filling with water and moving the discharge hose around to displace any settled sugar inside. Once there is no more settled sugar in the corners, continue to circulate for another 20-30 min. Whole process takes an hour/tote.
Wouldn't cold water work, but you would just need to mix it longer? If you have the pump doing all the work, it will give you time to drink another glass of sweet tea. My wife has mixed sugar in buckets with cold water and it works. It just takes longer. We are going to buy bulk sugar and mix it in totes this fall.
Sharpdog , where do you get your imersion heaters from? What model is needed to heat water in a tote also. Thanks Robert
We don’t use an immersion heater. We use hot tap water. We add water quite slowly to allow the hot water heater to keep up, but by the time the tote is full of sugar and water the water is only luke warm.
Using cold water with all the mixing in the world will not dissolve enough sugar to reach 2-1. 5-3 at best.