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    The season started for me today. I checked...

    The season started for me today. I checked yesterday around 6PM EST, and nothing was flowing.

    Woke up, went to check my tank, I started hearing a hissing sound as I got close. It was completely...
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    Was hoping some of this rain /40-degree...

    Was hoping some of this rain /40-degree temperature would cause some flow (after the recent cooler weather), I have three 3/16's runs in my woods, and they have barely given me a drip this week.
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    @Everyone - thank you very much, I was hoping...

    @Everyone - thank you very much, I was hoping this was the case. My plan will be to store this in the freezer (probably looking at 6-8% concentrate).

    I purchased the RB10 RO bucket.

    Thanks...
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    RO Question

    This is the first year I will be using RO to cut down on my boiling.

    I am a small scale hobbyist (50-60taps 3/16th gravity).

    Say I RO my sap from 2% to 6-8% - can I store this concentrated...
  5. Yes indeed. This weather has been crazy, we had a...

    Yes indeed. This weather has been crazy, we had a thunderstorm here in Eastern KY last Friday.

    Wednesday is hopefully the start to better sappin days :).
  6. No, I really considered going, but just couldn't...

    No, I really considered going, but just couldn't carve the time to go. I think it would have been helpful.

    Yeah, I keep hoping the forecast will change towards the cold :) - Like you, I keep...
  7. I tapped a little early this year - kind of went...

    I tapped a little early this year - kind of went with the trend (a lot of Kentucky farms seemed to be getting started early, and thought I would follow).

    Looking at it now, wish I would have...
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    Yeah, I think it is due to number of...

    Yeah, I think it is due to number of taps/pressure. I am going to modify that run to include some tree's a left out later tomorrow and see if that improves.

    It is warming up today and tomorrow...
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    needle-nose with tubing covering the teeth - that...

    needle-nose with tubing covering the teeth - that is a great idea!
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    Thanks all - I also echo esetter's appreciation...

    Thanks all - I also echo esetter's appreciation for the help received here.

    I did find it interesting, on the lateral that is not doing as well. the very first tap, I can see sap in the line, but...
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    Today was a good day. My first run on 3/16th...

    Today was a good day.

    My first run on 3/16th tubing, I was a little discouraged that I had done something incorrect yesterday (I expected a little run), but today it came and I was beyond excited....
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    Food Grade Drum

    Hello,

    I purchased a new Polyethylene drum for sap collection. It is food grade. Upon receiving this, there was a very strong plastic odor within the drum itself. I have used vinegar and baking...
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    @maple flats - Thank you, makes sense. I think I...

    @maple flats - Thank you, makes sense. I think I have my first run tight, but not too tight. I didn't want to make it so tight that when I installed the T's, I would fear the tubing would pull off....
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    I ran my first line yesterday. I went back up...

    I ran my first line yesterday.

    I went back up today and started from the top and tighten the line up. Is there a good rule of thumb for how tight the line should be?

    When you install the T's...
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    Thanks 220, I fully agree. I have probably have...

    Thanks 220, I fully agree. I have probably have watched every tubing video I could find on youtube, it has given me a bit more confidence towards what I will be doing. The setup does not look too...
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    Thanks all for the great replies / information. ...

    Thanks all for the great replies / information.

    Does anyone have a picture of using a hallow core rope at the end? I was trying to get a visual of this but haven't been able to find one.
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    Thank you, super sapper, This may be a very...

    Thank you, super sapper,

    This may be a very dumb question, but when you say tighten - I am imagining tieing the 3/16 tubing around the highest elevation tree (almost in a knot), then zig-zagging...
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    For the T that is 3/16 x 3/16 x5/16, is that...

    For the T that is 3/16 x 3/16 x5/16, is that almost impossible to attach to a lateral line without a two-handed tool?

    If I were taping only 20-30 trees on a mountainside, would it be...
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    Thank you for the reply maple flats, I have...

    Thank you for the reply maple flats,

    I have so many questions, so I will try and keep them simple.

    Are you saying use 3/16 mainline with 5/16 taps and drops? This kind of throws me off, but I...
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    I know it's early :)

    But, I am already excited for my second year. I went up through my mountainside yesterday and was trying to get an idea of how and what I would do this year. Late November early December depending on...
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    Wow what an offer! This being my first year, I am...

    Wow what an offer! This being my first year, I am not able to store more than around 40 gallons at a time - and I am at full capacity myself. I also am using an outside arch, so I probably will not...
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    Thanks for the reply. My problem is that I store...

    Thanks for the reply. My problem is that I store 5-gallon buckets in the freezer, the ice in the picture is really about 9/10 of the sap from one bucket. It wasn't a soft freeze, the whole bucket was...
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    Maybe it is best described as maple whisky...

    Maybe it is best described as maple whisky flavor. I finally found another post where someone had described something similar. At least I do not feel alone :).

    Today should be a really good run -...
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    Thank you! I sat the buckets outside...

    Thank you!

    I sat the buckets outside overnight, and they were thawed enough for me to boil.

    I am a bit disappointed in my batch though. I did everything like I did last time. My first batch has...
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    Hoping for some more great advice :). I am...

    Hoping for some more great advice :).

    I am going to be boiling tomorrow. All my sap is frozen in 5 gallon buckets that I store in a couple freezers. What would be the best way of getting these...
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