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    Today I tasted the sap I had stored and it has...

    Today I tasted the sap I had stored and it has gone bad, guess I'm gonna pull the plug on the season. At the end of last year we set a goal of 26 gallons, twice of 2013. We ended just shy at 23.4375...
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    Yes it's all raw sap I'm boiling.

    Yes it's all raw sap I'm boiling.
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    Do these combination of pans have to be anything...

    Do these combination of pans have to be anything special or can it simply be any flue pan connected to a flat pan?
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    If a 3x6 flue pan will handle 700 taps I think it...

    If a 3x6 flue pan will handle 700 taps I think it would be fine. I really can't see exceeding that with the exception of buying some sap besides what I collect. I just need to get away from 8-10 hrs...
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    I would like to achieve 80+ gph evaporation rate....

    I would like to achieve 80+ gph evaporation rate. Currently we have 125 taps and possibility to grow to up around 300+. I'm just looking to get more efficient.
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    3x6 drop/raised flue questions

    This is my second year with a homemade oil tank arch all insulated and a stainless 2x4 flat bottom chambered pan and a pre heat pan. I'm looking to up my production and cut my time boiling. I'm...
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    Its all about your audience, your specific...

    Its all about your audience, your specific market, and selling power. I would feel horrible selling my syrup at the price listed in the link below, but look at all the good reviews on it. Just crazy....
  8. Thread: birch syrup

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    BC birch tapper has a book available. I've...

    BC birch tapper has a book available. I've ordered mine and am patiently waiting for it :-) I called him right up and he was a pleasure to deal with.
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    13 gallons and a pint. Great first season I...

    13 gallons and a pint. Great first season I think. Worked a little harder than I should have and learned a lot. Looking forward to next year with some upgrades to the arch, collection, and a sugar...
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    Well I officially pulled the plug today....

    Well I officially pulled the plug today. Collected 15 gallons of good sap but its just not worth firing up the pan to shut right back down and propane is a little too pricy to just use my finishing...
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    So can cloudy sap still be good and clear sap be...

    So can cloudy sap still be good and clear sap be bad? Or is all cloudy sap bad and clear sap maybe as well?
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    Is bad sap noticeable?

    I see many/most people on here as well as some friends of mine pulling taps. My trees (as of Friday) where still flowing clear sap. I sample the sap by tasting it every few buckets but will I know...
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    Once I discovered it I poured 10 gallons of water...

    Once I discovered it I poured 10 gallons of water in, started a small fire and went to bed. When I got up the next morning 90% was free and just floating. I scrubbed the rest down and boiled water...
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    That is solid burnt! Luckily it cleaned really...

    That is solid burnt! Luckily it cleaned really easy though. Need to have my solder redone but all in all I think I came out of it ok.
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    I'm little farther north of you and one of my...

    I'm little farther north of you and one of my bushes is elevated with very awkward weather patterns. I collected 70 gallons from 56 taps yesterday and didn't get a chance to make it up today but I'm...
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    Not so lucky the second time :-(

    I had a shut down procedure that was working pretty good then I had to go and try to tweak it! That didn't work out so well!
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    Now I have some cleaning to do before what will most likely be...
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    Well I haven't collected or checked since Monday...

    Well I haven't collected or checked since Monday around noon. Very windy and cold Tuesday and Wednesday so I figured they wouldn't run. And of course I'm on shift today so I won't get out to check...
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    Secluded sugar bush help/ideas

    The guy that allows me to tap his trees informed me of a secluded sacred stash. He has cut heavily his lot for a subdivision leaving scattered maple here and there. The subdivision area was older...
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    My gallon is so full it has a rounded bottom and...

    My gallon is so full it has a rounded bottom and won't sit flat.
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    When is a bottle/jug full?

    So how "full" do people fill the plastic jugs? I've notice filling a gallon to the top like I do is an extra 8oz. Is that just the way it is or do people just put 1gallon in?
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    My opinion to much sap is better than not enough....

    My opinion to much sap is better than not enough. If you have any family or friends that do it you could always give some away. I have to wait for days to be able to boil, not fun. But your trees...
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    Resulted in 1.5qt of fine tasting dark amber. Not...

    Resulted in 1.5qt of fine tasting dark amber. Not a bad consequence.
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    I surely did!! This is going to put a damper on...

    I surely did!! This is going to put a damper on my production today though :-( oh well could have been worse
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    Got the first scorch out of the way!

    Well I was inside starting my cabbage seeds and lost track of time. Looks like I'm pretty lucky?? Scraped off easily now just gotta go through cool down to clean and start over again. Taste fine just...
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    According to the extended forecast in my area...

    According to the extended forecast in my area it's looking good right up till the end of the month! Another week of single and teens at night and mid 30's during the day. The week after 20's at night...
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