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    WOW! Very Impressive.

    WOW! Very Impressive.
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    Did you or can you consider the freezer? Might...

    Did you or can you consider the freezer? Might get better long term storage results. Just remember that if it is not covered in the freezer, say it is ice trays the water will sublimate off and it...
  3. A few years back they were pretty cheap on EBAY...

    A few years back they were pretty cheap on EBAY cause everybody was getting rid of them. Not sure if that is still the case.
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    I probably do not know more about Woodpeckers...

    I probably do not know more about Woodpeckers then you. But the smaller woodpeckers ( Not the Pileated ) have been witnessed by people, myself included, pecking holes in perfectly new cedar that...
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    My experience here appears to me, that a warm...

    My experience here appears to me, that a warm spell during a six week period will permanently shut down a tap hole dropped to a bucket on a Red Maple easier then it will on a tap hole dropped to a...
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    Its important to recognize that a good stand of...

    Its important to recognize that a good stand of large sugar maples will frequently flux twice the sugar content as a good stand of red maples.

    If not twice as much then much more so rather then...
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    The damage to this tree is clearly done by a...

    The damage to this tree is clearly done by a Pileated Woodpecker in search of insects or if not that it is intent on creating a dwelling for its soon to be family.

    Contrary to popular belief...
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    I would say you would have a good chance if you...

    I would say you would have a good chance if you were tapping Sugar Maples but since you are tapping Red Maples I will say no. No worthy sap from them.

    Others "might" tell you that there is no...
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    cleaning with Star San

    Has anybody ever used Star San to clean storage tanks? And does it work well?
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    Good to know it was not just me with that same...

    Good to know it was not just me with that same kind of season.
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    I tapped on Feb 16 and I had 4 boils that ended...

    I tapped on Feb 16 and I had 4 boils that ended on the following dates with the given amount of sap boiled.

    2/20 75 gallons
    2/27 152 gallons ( Second place for amount into my barrels for a...
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    Also found the following in my trees. Big...

    Also found the following in my trees.

    Big trees peaked at 3.25% in late Feb
    Small trees peaked at 2.25% in late Feb

    Big trees dropped down to 2.25% in March
    Small trees dropped down to 1.25%...
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    Pulled taps today. Might be able to catch a...

    Pulled taps today. Might be able to catch a small run next weekend but it is just too warm.

    I liked this year better then last year with the exception of the 1/2 gallon of syrup that jumped out...
  14. You would think I would be smart enough to think...

    You would think I would be smart enough to think of that idea. No need for that tight of a seal on this barrel. Thanks. Was thinking of using some cooking oil on the foam gasket to keep it from...
  15. 55 gallon blue storage barrel from Bascom Maple

    Last year I bought one of the 55 gallon blue storage barrels that comes with the removable and clamp sealing lid, from Bascoms Maple.

    Has anybody had a problem with the foam gasket that is around...
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    I tapped on 2/16 ( resisted temptation ) and have...

    I tapped on 2/16 ( resisted temptation ) and have processed 400 gallons of sap so far. Last year I tapped on Feb 1 and went to March 25th and processed 500 gallons of sap on the same trees.

    So I...
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    This could be the most "Snowless Winter" in my 55...

    This could be the most "Snowless Winter" in my 55 years.

    4 sure!
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    When the leaves are off the trees, Sugar maples...

    When the leaves are off the trees, Sugar maples are as distinct and unique a profile as any common tree in its range. The only other hardwood tree that is less difficult in its identification would...
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    Record sap flow for me last week. One 11 tap run...

    Record sap flow for me last week. One 11 tap run on 5/16 was on a steady stream into the barrel. Probably had some vacuum on it. Managed to keep the 55 gallon barrel from overflowing but just...
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    And my guess is that syrup will get you a free...

    And my guess is that syrup will get you a free ticket out of the bed in the shed into the bed in the house.
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    My fifth year now and definitely the best sap...

    My fifth year now and definitely the best sap flow for my trees.

    Not getting much of a break between runs with no dry spell at all on the bigger trees. Big trees giving 3% and small trees...
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    My experience is that drilling the hole with a...

    My experience is that drilling the hole with a downward slope ( even slightly ) results in a leaking tap. Most of the time. But if the tap is leaking around the outside it will generally still fill...
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    What size drill bit are you using? Are you...

    What size drill bit are you using? Are you certain it is the correct size? From your close up photo of the spout it looks like the spout is a little too far in the tap hole. Almost looks like the...
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    Tapped February 16th. My Big trees are at or...

    Tapped February 16th.

    My Big trees are at or over 3% ( measured 3.25% the other day )
    My Small trees are around 2%
    My 1 Red Swamp Maple is at 1%. ( no more reds till I get a RO up and running...
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    Yes ... even in South Western Connecticut at 300'...

    Yes ... even in South Western Connecticut at 300' MSL I can relate. Although I have made some gorgeous stuff in late January and early February in recent years. We actually had ideal taping...
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