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    Grant's

    A few years ago at the CT maple meeting in January, someone spoke about getting grants.

    He received grants for just about everything in his sugar house, I THINK including the sugar house. I am...
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    ICRS Post. I'm starting at 10am ish today. I've...

    ICRS Post. I'm starting at 10am ish today. I've got 20 gallons plus. let's see how far I can get today just boiling straight through.
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    I am just down the road in Tolland but its lookin...

    I am just down the road in Tolland but its lookin like tomorrow will be it for me. I had one tree Going to take Wednesday off to boil what I can, and clean everything I think. All in all I should...
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    Well, I have been slacking on the record's side...

    Well, I have been slacking on the record's side of things, ESPECIALLY for my own records daily and I am sure next year I am going to be mad at myself but...

    As slow as it was in February, is how...
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    I have a much higher electric rate, (about 2x...

    I have a much higher electric rate, (about 2x that) but even at $15 for a gallon, it is the same cost as the propane refill.

    A regular pan WAS going to be my 1st upgrade (instead of steam pans),...
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    Did you survive?!? I know I went hard with...

    Did you survive?!?

    I know I went hard with boiling 17-18 gallons of sap yesterday on my little 1.5-2 GPH setup. Never boiled 8.5 hours straight like that before.

    You don't realize how tiring...
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    Maybe split it in 2/5 and 3/5th. Do 3/5ths on the...

    Maybe split it in 2/5 and 3/5th. Do 3/5ths on the 1st day and the 2 5ths on day 2 then after the 2nd day is done add what was left on day 1? Just spitballing. I mean you can alwas do 1/2 each day...
  8. OK so I'll chime in here. Yes I want MOAR! I...

    OK so I'll chime in here.
    Yes I want MOAR! I only have 19 taps at the moment but I started 30+ years ago. My grandfather just dug out the photo's on my request of when we did it with 2 MAYBE 3...
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    I was thinking about this a lot this week Chris. ...

    I was thinking about this a lot this week Chris. I think that is the only way to not get yourself in a bind.

    I was talking to a guy at work about it, and he does it himself on a small scale, just...
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    2216022161 yea! 1st bottling of the season. ...

    2216022161

    yea! 1st bottling of the season. IN retrospect... we already have about eh same as last year, and this was a rough year in terms of how much sap has run so I would say... I am doing...
  11. This. today I checked and my boiling temp of...

    This. today I checked and my boiling temp of water is 213. last year on 2/23 it was 209.5. 2/29 was 209.0. and 3/8 was 212.

    sometimes its different even in the same day! Nature is a teenage...
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    So... you want as shallow as you feel comfortable...

    So... you want as shallow as you feel comfortable (and without risk of burning pan) with as little foam as possible without saturating a defoamer enough to taste it correct?
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    Tapatalk

    I wasn't sure where to put this but what happened to tapatalk? The forum is gone from it now. It was MUCH easier to post and navigate from there instead of from the web on a phone
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    Foam Why is it bad?

    So when you are boiling foam is bad correct?
    #1 Why? (Besides easier to see if it is going to boil over)
    #2 Turning down temp a little seems to remove the need for fighting foam. Why not do this?...
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    More thoughts on efficiency...

    My setup is inefficient just based on the nature of propane itself... BUT...

    I know covering the pan is working against yourself because the boil is harder, but the evaporated water just runs...
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    I am in Tolland county, and trust me it is about...

    I am in Tolland county, and trust me it is about the same. I have no sugars only silver and red. I'm also at about 1%.

    I have a total of 16 legit taps' and I also tapped 2/15+16th, and I have yet...
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    22068 Has served my quite well so far :-)

    22068
    Has served my quite well so far :-)
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    EXCELENT point! I tested it and it is between...

    EXCELENT point! I tested it and it is between .75 and .9ish. my overall sap content is between 1-1.25 so I am not too concerned but that is a very good point that I had not considered. I have all...
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    22053 YEA!!! Its almost time for my 1st boil! ...

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    YEA!!! Its almost time for my 1st boil! Only have about 9 gallons but I am hoping with calm winds today, and 45+ Temps to get another 3-5 gallons of sap today. As of right now my % is about...
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    I would LOVE lots of pictures of details of your...

    I would LOVE lots of pictures of details of your electric stuffs!!! Any idea how much electricity you go through in a season?
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    Surflow distance

    I don't have many taps (about 15ish) but I would LOVE to use vacuum and try and get as much as I can from my few trees on my property. I now it might not be the most efficient given the few trees,...
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    These are all fantastic ideas! I think for this...

    These are all fantastic ideas! I think for this year I am going to get some of those clamps Maple Flat suggested. But next year, I am thinking about trying out an inexpensive vacuum system, system...
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    man I miss tapatalk! My trees are all tapped...

    man I miss tapatalk!
    My trees are all tapped and run into a bucket like this. The only problem is every once in a while the clip pops off and falls down into the sap. Does anyone have an idea on...
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    Tubing into Buckets

    21982 my picture
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    Tubing into Buckets

    I think this is the right section.

    My taps are going into buckets in the ground with some 5/16th tubing.

    My problem is how to keep the tubing from falling out of the Hole drilled into the...
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