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    Final boil today resulting in a gallon, quart,...

    Final boil today resulting in a gallon, quart, and 3/4 pint from 55 gallons of sap, 2.44% sugar content. Interestingly it was lighter than the last batch we did with less solids. I have a suspicion...
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    I just can't give up the free resource! I DID...

    I just can't give up the free resource! I DID remove 34 of 38 taps today, but kept four sweet ones for bottling/freezing and saved 20 gallons to add to the garden this spring as a nutritive...
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    No kidding! I went back to the same tree three...

    No kidding! I went back to the same tree three times to get almost a gallon each time. Easily set aside my highest daily return, and at that did not take sap from several budding red maples that had...
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    As I was getting ready for my "final" boil...

    As I was getting ready for my "final" boil Thursday I was noting the nice run occurring today. Since I haven't pulled any taps, I collected 13 gallons of clear sap, a few jugs of which tasted sweet....
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    Ditto on the "calling it taps." I'm seeing some...

    Ditto on the "calling it taps." I'm seeing some kind of fly/ bug getting into my sap jugs. I see them every year and it is a signal that time is running out. I'm boiling 65'gallons Thursday for the...
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    Completed my eighth boil today and got 1.5...

    Completed my eighth boil today and got 1.5 gallons from 55, so a 2.7% sugar. Syrup was darker- I'm sure a few of my buckets of sap were a little old, but the syrup tastes great nonetheless. I've got...
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    You're braver than me. I thought about boiling...

    You're braver than me. I thought about boiling Thursday, took a look at the weather forecast, and bailed till Friday. I agree on the pine for firewood. I've got tons of the stuff and it burns hot...
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    Two items of interest: 1. My daughter who...

    Two items of interest:

    1. My daughter who lives in the Portland, Maine area and taps her neighbors silver maple. She has the same experience you have had, and her syrup tends to be light colored....
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    Glad to hear you've got some sap to work with....

    Glad to hear you've got some sap to work with. Too bad for your tree, though.

    General question for anyone who knows: can the sap sucker cause compartmentalized areas in maple? Or is the hole they...
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    We boiled for the fifth time Sunday, reducing 65...

    We boiled for the fifth time Sunday, reducing 65 gallons to within a cup of 2 gallons syrup. Once the trees thawed out they haven't stopped, and given this odd late season I'm grateful. I've got 65...
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    Thanks Tim! I had no idea that I am extracting...

    Thanks Tim! I had no idea that I am extracting sugar 3-4 years old-that's fascinating. I would inquire how that fact was ever determined but I would guess the answer is bigger than "post" size. I...
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    Kung Fu, that was another of my favorite 70's...

    Kung Fu, that was another of my favorite 70's shows. Fondly remember watching it with my father and practicing my "moves" to " Kung Fu Fighting"!
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    Fourth boil of the season which surprised the...

    Fourth boil of the season which surprised the heck out of me. We ended up with 1.75 gallons off 53 which is a 3.3% sugar. Too bad each year can't give sugar like that. I'll enjoy it while it lasts. ...
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    I agree with the "luck". We bucketed 46 gallons,...

    I agree with the "luck". We bucketed 46 gallons, our best day yet, bringing the storage total to 169 gallons. At 3% that should yield 5 gallons of syrup, so I've got work to do. I expect a good run...
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    Boiled for the third time Tuesday and got over...

    Boiled for the third time Tuesday and got over 1.5 gallons off 55 gallons sap. It's interesting that the sugar content seems higher this year at least than the past few-I'm too new to have a long...
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    I feel like Fred Sanford on the 70's sitcom...

    I feel like Fred Sanford on the 70's sitcom "Sanford and Son" - this is the big one Elizabeth. If your my age or older you might be familiar.

    Nice to see all who were waiting finally get some sap....
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    As I read other people's comments it appears that...

    As I read other people's comments it appears that the waking/warming up of the trees is a notable slow process this season. I saw on the New Hampshire page where someone in the southern white...
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    Finally.......

    Well the past few days have been, shall I daresay, normal. I've collected 65 gallons over four days with each day increasing. Today was 24 gallons off 32 taps flowing, and all the trees I had...
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    Welcome to a great spring...

    Welcome to a great spring hobby/pastime/ritual/obsession (it fits in many categories). I'm still perfecting the final boiling process with the equipment I use. I boil on the large evaporator to...
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    Hang in there Woodsy-the thaw will work it's way...

    Hang in there Woodsy-the thaw will work it's way up the road. In the past few days I've seen several trees that were slow starters give up some decent sap volume. I collected 12 + gallons today which...
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    It sounds like your weather conditions are quite...

    It sounds like your weather conditions are quite a bit different than ours. I've got 32 taps and with the cold winter\spring will be lucky to get 3 gallons. Will take a look at your RO build. Always...
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    Thanks for the information! I'm sure you are...

    Thanks for the information! I'm sure you are right. It is possible that I've been tapping too close to previous hole (I keep 4" , the cuttings looked clean) so that could be an issue. I'll try the...
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    The number of people who are seeing slow starts...

    The number of people who are seeing slow starts validates what I'm seeing here. You wonder what's going on till you hear what's happening with others. Is this season typical of what one might expect...
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    Well, today showed some promise! Collected 12...

    Well, today showed some promise! Collected 12 gallons with brix 3 to 3.2 and several trees that were slow goers started to flow. Still a couple of stragglers that usually flow well so I guess it's...
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    This year is a hard won battle, at least so far....

    This year is a hard won battle, at least so far. I see some others a slow starting as well so I'm in good company. I've got 32 taps on 30 trees with a handful of new ones this week. The new ones,...
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