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    2019 season came to an end. Very good year....

    2019 season came to an end. Very good year. Finished at 54 Gallons
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    First boil for the season on 3/28 finishing on...

    First boil for the season on 3/28 finishing on 3/29. 360 gallons of sap reduced for 30 hours to 9 gallons at approx. 12 GPH. It is not the most efficient method but a method for sure. Temperatures...
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    Decent flow the last 3 days. Today 3/24 not to be...

    Decent flow the last 3 days. Today 3/24 not to be very warm but we will see. After that it looks like the next two weeks are holding for ideal temps. Subject to the accuracy of the models utilized by...
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    Tapping North of Nashwauk (Effie) 2019

    Well all in on 3/16/2019. 11 runs with ~250 taps on 3/16” and 3/16” drops. Weather looks to be ideal starting the 18th. Will add 12v vacuum soon.
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    Was definitely a challenge with all...
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    Done for 2018, pulled taps and nothing but the...

    Done for 2018, pulled taps and nothing but the cleanup now.
    Not a great year but not a total loss.
    120 taps on buckets
    240 taps on 3/16 ( all on vacuum last weekend)
    Finished with 14 gallons of...
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    Billschi. Yes but very short lived. I put a...

    Billschi. Yes but very short lived. I put a vacuum on 6 lines as An experiment and it only pulled 24 gallons from about 150 taps in 4 hrs. Giving it another shot with vacuum on all 11 lines tomorrow...
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    Billschi by no means are we experts either. Last...

    Billschi by no means are we experts either. Last year we tapped March 3rd and finished April 16th with the biggest runs the last three weeks. We tapped again the first weekend of March and here we...
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    Still waiting patiently. Thought we would have a...

    Still waiting patiently. Thought we would have a couple days prior to sub freezing temps through the weekend but not producing. 15 day forecast starting on the 15th looks to be the real thing this...
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    Still nothing. Everything froze solid. Ice...

    Still nothing. Everything froze solid. Ice fishing is great though. :lol:
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    Collected 125 gallons on 3/24 and boiled down to...

    Collected 125 gallons on 3/24 and boiled down to 3.3 gallons on 3/25. Taps on buckets froze solid with not much to talk about. Sap collected was from the 3/16 lines.
    Fresh snow today (6-8”) and...
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    Sugar Shack by 3rd Street Brewery

    Sugar Shack by 3rd Street Brewery
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    Remember, kill one squirrel and 10 come to the...

    Remember, kill one squirrel and 10 come to the funeral.
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    Lines flowing but only at a good drip. Buckets...

    Lines flowing but only at a good drip. Buckets are really doing nothing. As it is our first year of 3/16 we figured we would gauge the system off the buckets to let us know if it is working. Think...
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    Finished tapping. Ten lines of 3/16 ~ 225 taps...

    Finished tapping. Ten lines of 3/16 ~ 225 taps and ~ 75 buckets. Temps this week look to be ideal. We are ready.
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    25 taps per line. Tapped another line yesterday...

    25 taps per line. Tapped another line yesterday and the same thing. Flowing sap half way up then nothing. Not a fast flow yet gas sap gas sap gas sap which would potentially mean no air leak. I guess...
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    Tapping in Effie, Mn 3/3/2018

    Started tapping Saturday 3/3/2018
    Slow process as we are new to this 3/16. Got the first two runs tapped which was painfull looking like the three stuges but lots of fun. Will continue today the...
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    You say bad year. What was your total processed...

    You say bad year. What was your total processed run for those 165 taps? We did 38 gallons up here in the Effie area.
    Plan on only experimenting this year with maybe 3 runs of 25 on 3/16 before we...
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    Great information thanks. May have to consider...

    Great information thanks.
    May have to consider a new evaporator setup to handle the influx of sap. LOL
    Currently 8 to 10 gph evaporation using a 275 gallon milk tank over a firebrick fire box...
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    Thanks. So one would presume you would need some...

    Thanks. So one would presume you would need some drops on the slope to pull the sap from the upper flats correct? How many drops minimum would typically be recommended on the slope portion of the...
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    3/16 help in Northern MN

    New to this forum as well as 3/16. currently run ~ 350 taps with buckets but want to move towards the 3/16. Can you put drop lines all the way down the hill, staying within the recommended maximum #...
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