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    Northern Ontario - December 29th, 2022, the sap...

    Northern Ontario - December 29th, 2022, the sap is running!

    We will see just how much in the morning.
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    It has been a slow start to winter, with only a...

    It has been a slow start to winter, with only a skiff of snow so far and milder than normal temperatures. I find talking about Northern Ontario’s winter forecast can be hard, because being 50 miles...
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    Congrats, a lesson for next year to stick it out,...

    Congrats, a lesson for next year to stick it out, but to be honest I was done after two consecutive 19 hour days and the experienced locals were pulling their taps.
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    -5° here this morning and +7 during the day, for those with taps in, I bet today was a stellar day.

    I flushed all of my lines and drops today and finished cleaning the five barrels.

    I just...
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    Great for you getting the last run. I thought it...

    Great for you getting the last run. I thought it might be a good run, I chose not to try it, as everyone around me was pulling their taps. Good luck with the last run!

    I have been splitting my...
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    I am all done boiling, finishing, filtering and...

    I am all done boiling, finishing, filtering and bottling after three long nights.

    I boiled 930 gallons of sap and made 106.5 L of syrup my inaugural season. I have to say it was a lot of work. It...
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    I finished boiling my last sap at 2 am this...

    I finished boiling my last sap at 2 am this morning.

    Today I have four batches to finish, filter and bottle. One down and I am working on the second right now.

    As mention in other posts I use...
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    It’s funny, there are a lot of areas around us...

    It’s funny, there are a lot of areas around us where the sap flow has been great, but not so for our immediate area. My friend a half hour away was filling barrel fulls, where I never even filled a...
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    I pulled all of my taps today. Surprisingly, it...

    I pulled all of my taps today. Surprisingly, it dropped below freezing and the sap likely would have run well today. I have enough sap to keep me busy. I had a tool to help me pull the taps, I bought...
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    My friend called me and he was all done, but his...

    My friend called me and he was all done, but his sap was still flowing and had some that was still good and wondered if I wanted it. I gratefully took 110 gallons of sap.

    Today I am boiling my...
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    I am lucky, I boil in my yard, where I have large...

    I am lucky, I boil in my yard, where I have large piles of plowed snow, so I always have lots of snow available to bury my pails. Glad to hear that your sugar content in your sap went up.
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    I collected 42 gallons today to go along with the...

    I collected 42 gallons today to go along with the 23 gallons I brought to a boil this morning, so I will have a 65 gallon boil tomorrow. That brings me to 68.8% expected sap and when that is...
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    Boiled the 23 gallons of sap I had so it did not...

    Boiled the 23 gallons of sap I had so it did not go bad. It was clear in the pan, when I poured it in.

    No sap ran yesterday. It is just now getting above freezing and I am hoping today and...
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    Great video, thanks for posting. Your vacuum...

    Great video, thanks for posting. Your vacuum filter design was a game changer for me. I used it right from the start. Filtering was quick and easy and it did a super job of filtering as well. I will...
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    Thanks, no sap ran today and I only have 24...

    Thanks, no sap ran today and I only have 24 gallons to boil, but I will boil that tomorrow, and maybe leave it in the final pan for Mondays boil. There is not enough volume to get it too close to...
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    Zero sap flow today, I was expecting something. I...

    Zero sap flow today, I was expecting something. I will boil whatever I have Sunday morning, even’t if it is a short boil. Some of the sap I collected a couple days ago is going a little cloudy, even...
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    My labels for my syrup bottles arrived today....

    My labels for my syrup bottles arrived today. They might look familiar. As I am not selling my syrup, they are just to identify that the syrup came from me.
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    I collected what little sap that was in my...

    I collected what little sap that was in my barrels and pails (13 gallons) and buried the sap (in pails) in a big snow bank.

    There should be some flow this weekend and next, but I am not sure how...
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    I finished the 72 gallons I boiled today and made...

    I finished the 72 gallons I boiled today and made 9.375 L.

    The colour is lighter than it looks in the picture. The colour has been pretty consistent throughout the 11 batches.
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    Just 53 gallons yesterday and four today. I am...

    Just 53 gallons yesterday and four today. I am boiling the 72 gallons I have left on hand.

    Should be more flow in the weekend. Tuesday might be my last boil. Not sure how good the sap will be...
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    Boiled 89 gallons yesterday and bottled 11.5 L...

    Boiled 89 gallons yesterday and bottled 11.5 L this morning. It was almost as light as the first batch. I am real pleased with the colour over the nine batches so far.

    I am boiling batch 10 today....
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    Wow, great video, amazing how that all works off...

    Wow, great video, amazing how that all works off of vegetable oil. I am very envious of your boil rate.
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    I am using thermometer, refractometer and...

    I am using thermometer, refractometer and hydrotherm. I do my best to be at 66.9 brix.

    Edit: would that formulae be for 66 brix syrup and making 66.9 brix syrup would result in less quantity?
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    One thing I am surprise at is how little wood I...

    One thing I am surprise at is how little wood I have used. Estimated at the end of this boil, I will have used 3 face cords of wood, 9 batches, approximately 580 gallons of sap boiled. That is much...
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    Thank you, and that makes sense to me, some sap...

    Thank you, and that makes sense to me, some sap (likely most) was 3%, and some other sap measured 4%. I am grateful for my good fortune.

    I also am strangely grateful, it has been a slow flowing...
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