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    It seems to have stopped here in south central...

    It seems to have stopped here in south central Iowa. I was only able to make about 7 quarts because it quit so quickly. Had a couple good runs but the 50 and 60 degree days ended it. This week looks...
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    I put in about 50 taps altogether. They all seem...

    I put in about 50 taps altogether. They all seem to be running well. My daughter has a sugar maple in her yard and it is going crazy. I just started boiling today. It sounds like everyone has a good...
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    I put a couple of holes in my backyard tree...

    I put a couple of holes in my backyard tree today. Itís right at 40 degrees or so. They arenít running yet. Itís got to be close. I hope everyone has a great year.
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    Anyone thinking about tapping.

    It sounds like the weather might be getting close this week. Anyone thinking about drilling holes this week.
  5. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    Got back into it this year . Last year I couldn'...

    Got back into it this year . Last year I couldn' t participate. I'm glad to be back at it. I put in 47 taps about three weeks ago and pulled them about the middle of last week. Got three and a half...
  6. Thread: Ready for 2018

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    I see everyone is getting ready. It looks like...

    I see everyone is getting ready. It looks like next week will be perfect. I don't think I will be able to do much if any this year because of some health problems. I guess I will just have to watch...
  7. Thread: sugaring in iowa

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    I pulled my taps last weekend and wanted to put...

    I pulled my taps last weekend and wanted to put an update on. I ended up with about 3 gallons of syrup and I think I had around 55 taps maybe. It did well then it would get warm. It looks like it...
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    Maybe everyone has already answered this but I...

    Maybe everyone has already answered this but I was just wondering what kind of trees everyone taps? This year I'm tapping probably 95 percent silver maples and one box elder. I have tapped a sugar...
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    tbear, I drill in about 2.5 inches. How about...

    tbear, I drill in about 2.5 inches. How about this weather. They are talking 60's on the weekend. Is that going to end it for this year? If this keeps up we will be able to plant orange trees in...
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    tapped last Friday and Saturday and collected...

    tapped last Friday and Saturday and collected about 60 gallons on 50 taps since then. upmep
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    tapping time?

    pete and tbear, I just talked to a guy who lives close to me and this is the first time he has tried to make maple syrup. He put his taps in about the middle of January and he said he has gotten sap...
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    Hey everyone hello and how are you? I've been...

    Hey everyone hello and how are you? I've been cutting some wood to run through the evaporator and thought I would see if everyone is ready to go. I had a willow tree die in my yard so I don't have...
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    I finished boiling on the evaporator on Monday...

    I finished boiling on the evaporator on Monday and brought the near finished product in and put in the fridge. I took it out last night and started to boil down and it looks like maple tree snot. You...
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    I have collected about 140 gallons so far. I...

    I have collected about 140 gallons so far. I have been boiling every day. It sure would be nice having a faster evaporator. I haven't been out to collect today, yesterday it didn't flow very well....
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    tbear, This is Mrs. Upmep. I don't mind stoking...

    tbear,
    This is Mrs. Upmep. I don't mind stoking the fire and collecting the sap from here in town but am a little grumpy when it comes to hauling sap through the wood.You need to
    encourage upmep...
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    That sounds fun having the 4H group come out. I...

    That sounds fun having the 4H group come out. I especially like the idea of having extra sap haulers. My wife helps on occasion but she can get kind of obstinate at times. Don't tell her I said that...
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    gentlemen start you're evaporators

    We were gone over this past weekend so I didn't get any taps in till Monday. Over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we have put in 75 taps. We have about 35 gallons of sap so far. Looks like today it...
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    ready to start

    Hello everyone. Looks like we have some more Iowans getting the maple bug. It looks like it might start this weekend. It looks like its going to get really warm fast. Its hard to get it all figured...
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    Well I ended up with about 1.5 gallons of syrup...

    Well I ended up with about 1.5 gallons of syrup on 48 taps in about a week. The silver maple in my yard has quit. Has anyone else had much luck in the last few days? I got less than last year, and...
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    It looks like you are getting pulled in like the...

    It looks like you are getting pulled in like the rest of us Iowa thumper. Pretty soon you too will be buying bigger pans, more taps, etc. I pulled my taps yesterday. I went from 20 gallons of sap...
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    I started tapping last Friday and Saturday. I...

    I started tapping last Friday and Saturday. I have maybe 60 gallons of sap from about 40 taps. Its starting to tail off already . It is getting too warm too quick though. I think us maple syrup...
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    It looks by the weather forecast its about time...

    It looks by the weather forecast its about time to start tapping. I have Friday off work and might start then. It looks like late next week it is supposed to be very warm. I hope it doesn't make...
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    how much longer

    This is upmep. Has anyone started tapping yet? The weather has been off and on warm. I was looking at the notes I've made over the years and the best for me has usually been during March. What does...
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    On the preheater, its about a foot high also. It...

    On the preheater, its about a foot high also. It has brackets on the bottom to keep it on my main pan. The steam warms it,so it doesn't stop the boil. It does get condensation on the bottom of it....
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    tbear, My preheater is about 1 foot x 2 feet that...

    tbear, My preheater is about 1 foot x 2 feet that sits right on top of my main pan. It has a spigot on it that I can adjust to whatever drip I want depending on how fast its boiling. It holds several...
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