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  1. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    From what I've heard it should not be compared to...

    From what I've heard it should not be compared to maple syrup or any table syrup for that matter. It's mostly used to add flavor to sauces, marinades and such, not to be liberally poured on your...
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    Is Ashburnham considered central Mass to you?

    Is Ashburnham considered central Mass to you?
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    It also may depend on the quality of the barrel...

    It also may depend on the quality of the barrel from the start. I think the older steel barrels may have been built a little more rugged out of better quality steel than anything being produced now....
  4. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    I've been wanting to give this a try for a few...

    I've been wanting to give this a try for a few years but always seemed to be overwhelmed with maple clean up, work and all the other chores that come with spring. Planning to get it all figured out...
  5. Thread: Pan Location

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    The best place for your existing pan would be...

    The best place for your existing pan would be right over the firebox. Does your pan have a draw off valve and thermo? Also might be worth looking into picking up a similarly sized pan for the back...
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    I had a lot of upgrades this season after dumping...

    I had a lot of upgrades this season after dumping around 8k into the sugaring operation. I will be adding some surflo pumps next season because my red maples just don't run great on their own. Glad...
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    Way to short of a season for me, and had less...

    Way to short of a season for me, and had less than impressive sap flow from my reds. Managed to make 15 gals of finished syrup after boiling down around 830 gal between 12 collections usual average...
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    Perhaps your hydrometer paper could have come...

    Perhaps your hydrometer paper could have come loose in transit? Do you have a spare to compare with a cold test?
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    Very envious of this upgrade! Money well spent...

    Very envious of this upgrade! Money well spent I'd say.
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    Had the same problem boiling for 6 hours...

    Had the same problem boiling for 6 hours yesterday, Playing with fire worrying about scorching the pans.
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    Hope you get a couple more days in, sounds like...

    Hope you get a couple more days in, sounds like you've been getting nice runs lately. I'm calling it quits after tonights boil, Boiling raw sap and collecting with a 2wd atv is wearing me out.
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    Great information, thank you for sharing! I was...

    Great information, thank you for sharing! I was thinking of running a shurflo on 30 large trees i tap across the road on my neighbors property. Wanted to give him a rough number on power usage so i...
  13. Thread: White MT Maple

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    I'd be happy with 1.5 right about now. Collected...

    I'd be happy with 1.5 right about now. Collected sap yesterday that was only .8 - 1%. I'll be collecting this afternoon and hauling in all my collection buckets. Boiling down the last of the sap and...
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    Where exactly do you consider central ? And how...

    Where exactly do you consider central ? And how far are you willing to travel ?
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    That's a nice jump in taps from one season to the...

    That's a nice jump in taps from one season to the next. It's also nice having more taps available nearby in the future. Best of luck getting it all set up. 2022 season will be here in no time.
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    Congrats on the new upgrades and taking the leap,...

    Congrats on the new upgrades and taking the leap, you won't regret it. Have you already figured out how many taps you can put in on your property for when the addiction take over?
  17. Thread: Replacing taps

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    I've tried that and ended up with all sorts of...

    I've tried that and ended up with all sorts of little bugs and nests inside my tubing which eventually clogged a lot of my lines and fittings. You're better off keeping them plugged once they dry out...
  18. Do you have the option to just start over in a...

    Do you have the option to just start over in a new location and save that building for extra storage? Are there any local sawmills nearby that sell rough sawn lumber? Much more affordable than box...
  19. I'm with Taptaptap above, the foundation work is...

    I'm with Taptaptap above, the foundation work is extremely difficult with a building in your way for the whole project, unless you can jack it up 8 feet or so. Depending on the resources and skills...
  20. Jeeze that's a minimal draw for pumps, The Shurlo...

    Jeeze that's a minimal draw for pumps, The Shurlo 4008 says 7.5amp max, not sure what it draws on average.
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    You did not specify, are these 3/16 or 5/16 lines...

    You did not specify, are these 3/16 or 5/16 lines or some combination running into some size of mainline?
  22. Are you running mainline or 5/16,3/16 straight...

    Are you running mainline or 5/16,3/16 straight into a manifold before each pump? And how many watts of solar, Ah batter storage do you have for each pump station?
  23. Always love the look of those older 90's fords,...

    Always love the look of those older 90's fords, the 7.3 is a nice addition, that's one hell of a sap hauler. Way under the syrup i was trying to make this season, so even boiling .5% raw sap is...
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    It won't guarantee a change in grade by any...

    It won't guarantee a change in grade by any means. But cleaner sap pushed through the evaporator faster will likely raise the grade 1 level. But it is nearing the end of the season, so you may not...
  25. Lucky you, only got down to 34 here last night....

    Lucky you, only got down to 34 here last night. Hate to say it but I'm glad to not be the only one getting sap that's .5% or worse... and still collecting it. Sad part is I'm boiling raw sap :(....
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