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  1. Thread: Back in the game.

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    Looks nice and homey Jason, it would be cool to...

    Looks nice and homey Jason, it would be cool to crash in the sugarhouse, I've never done it. The back tank storage area of our sugarhouse used to be sleeping quarters but now there wouldn't be...
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    There can be changes year to year in the sap...

    There can be changes year to year in the sap sugar concentrations in an individual tree, group of trees, a whole woods, or even the state of Maine. Many are due to the weather, the amount of...
  3. Michael, Are your town trees in Potsdam...

    Michael, Are your town trees in Potsdam predominately sugar maples or are you tapping a lot of reds and silvers? I am tapping all yard silver and red maples here in Toledo oh. and wish I had 150-200...
  4. If your on gravity tapping deeper will give you...

    If your on gravity tapping deeper will give you way more sap. Take into account the bark depth when you tap.
  5. If the open grown trees were all sugars it would...

    If the open grown trees were all sugars it would be a no brainer they would produce more sap and sweeter sap than woods trees. I've had open grown red and silver maples run a lot of sap but I have...
  6. Those are flowers, not buds that will become...

    Those are flowers, not buds that will become leaves. It has to be in the upper 60s and into the 70s with high night time temps before you will have a problem with buddy syrup (3-4 days of it at...
  7. Thread: Buckets and taps

    by Ed R
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    I just shot a wheeling bucket of mine with an...

    I just shot a wheeling bucket of mine with an Xrf( x ray florescence) inside outside, no lead detected except for one seam that had an old soldered repair. The other crimped side showed no lead...
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    I'm on buckets in extreme s.e. Michigan an I am...

    I'm on buckets in extreme s.e. Michigan an I am waiting till the last 2 weeks of February to tap. If your on vac go ahead and tap. I think there will at least be a week or two of winter sometime in...
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    With the potential contamination issues faced by...

    With the potential contamination issues faced by producers today I would not want to eat the syrup or fire the evaporator/ be in the sugar house the first time a galvanized arch or stack is used. I...
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    Dr. Tim an all other attendees, looks like there...

    Dr. Tim an all other attendees, looks like there may be some weather issues this weekend.
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    I would stay with stainless. Try A&A Metal shop...

    I would stay with stainless. Try A&A Metal shop in Northern Pa 814-848-7444 or a local metal shop .
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    MMSA 2020 winter Meeting

    Since I have not seen it posted anywhere on the Maple trader yet, the winter mtg. starts Friday January 17 at the comfort inn in Mt Pleasant Mi at 6pm. If you have syrup, candy, or cream to be...
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    There is a nice looking 2x7 rig in the...

    There is a nice looking 2x7 rig in the classifieds straight north of you in vt. There are some smaller options listed as well.
  14. Thread: City trees

    by Ed R
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    Here in Michigan there are several cities and...

    Here in Michigan there are several cities and villages that tap their maples. Two of them have syrup festivals, I have eaten at both, and their syrup was excellent, but not quite as good as our own....
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    No, I have about 75 taps and run a 2x6 mostly...

    No, I have about 75 taps and run a 2x6 mostly leader drop flue evaporator. No ro yet. The mini pro would work but I would look for a 2x4 or bigger unless I teamed it with some type of ro.
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    I would be looking for newer used 2x6 evaporator...

    I would be looking for newer used 2x6 evaporator with a flue pan in it. If you buy a flat pan set up with over 100 taps I would buy or build a small ro.
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    Don't tap now, its too warm. Its going to get...

    Don't tap now, its too warm. Its going to get cold again mid month, be ready to tap after that cold snap. I'm not saying to tap then, try to keep an eye on the extended forecast for weather trends...
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    Right now its to warm to tap. It looks like cold...

    Right now its to warm to tap. It looks like cold weather for mid January. When that breaks towards the end of the month I might start thinking about tapping.
  19. Thread: syrup spill?!

    by Ed R
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    I still have nightmares about the 5 gallon pail I...

    I still have nightmares about the 5 gallon pail I tripped and fell with and spilled on the canning room floor over 20 years ago. Slow motion sloppy spill when I wake up. Usually happens when I don't...
  20. I have .75 inch copper between my pans and if I...

    I have .75 inch copper between my pans and if I was to do it again I would go 1 inch or larger. It connects a 2x2 pan to a 2x4 pan.
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    The Midwest should have a +3% year this spring...

    The Midwest should have a +3% year this spring then. The amount of water we have had so far this year has been incredible
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    I have had issues differentiating between sugar...

    I have had issues differentiating between sugar maples and black maples as 220 maple stated above in the summer with the leaves on let alone during the time we tap. To the original poster, are you...
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    I'm a firm believer in what 220 maple stated...

    I'm a firm believer in what 220 maple stated about a dry summer followed by moisture in the fall and spring leading to higher sugar content. Thinning really helps your sugar too. We used to buy sap...
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    I am going to drain my flue pan from now on...

    I am going to drain my flue pan from now on during a prolonged cold snap even though its a pain. Ive always just put a light under my flue pan but last year after a week plus lighting event I...
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    Great job explaining it both ways Dr. Perkins. I...

    Great job explaining it both ways Dr. Perkins. I was always amazed when I taught as a grad assistant the photosynthesis lab to incoming college freshman. When they finally got that the carbon for...
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