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    Further, while I understand that a single tree...

    Further, while I understand that a single tree may exist over 100 years and in isolation does not make a significant contribution to carbon emission in a 1 year period and therefore cannot account to...
  2. Thread: Bulk syrup

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    I heard that the federation in Quebec is out of...

    I heard that the federation in Quebec is out of organic and that they will sell out completely by April...
  3. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    On the evaporator, we put all the concentrate on...

    On the evaporator, we put all the concentrate on at once, and boil it altogether. We mix it around a bit as we are finding some areas are boiling off faster than other areas (I suppose adding...
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    The flowers of the Red Maples in our area all...

    The flowers of the Red Maples in our area all died off. the sugars seem to be fine.
  5. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    I don't know if anyone has an answer to this...

    I don't know if anyone has an answer to this questions - its equivalent to what is the difference between red maple and sugar maple syrup, you can make syrup from all birch as I understand. We have a...
  6. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    One interesting difference is that once the trees...

    One interesting difference is that once the trees start to flow, they don't stop - they just decide to start one day and then continue until the sap goes bad - we are about 1.5 weeks in, and the flow...
  7. Thread: Birch Tapping

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    Birch Tapping

    Hello All,

    We are trying to make some birch syrup this year. With the disappointment in the Maple crop, we quickly turned our attention to some birch trees we have been eying for the last few...
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    The one advantage to using a 5/16th line would be...

    The one advantage to using a 5/16th line would be that you can also develop a natural vacuum in 5/16th line when there is high flow. This is not possible in a 1/2 or 3/4 mainline. Last year I tested...
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    We typically put them together with the mainlines...

    We typically put them together with the mainlines loose, and then put a side tie with some 14 gauge to pull it really tight once they are coupled together.
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    We use SS sanitary couplings - you can put as...

    We use SS sanitary couplings - you can put as much strain on them without them leaking under vacuum. The Banjo's leak if you are looking for a lot of tension.

    In a few places we have installed...
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    Has anyone made syrup through the Maple belt? We...

    Has anyone made syrup through the Maple belt?
    We started tapping on Jan 4th, we are going to be close to 39,000 taps this year. We had the first 15,000 tapped by last Thursday and were surprised to...
  12. I would get a tool to join the mainlines on the...

    I would get a tool to join the mainlines on the SS y's. Look at the Pruno catalogue, there is item MAINLINE PULLER PLIERS and the MAINLINE CONNECTION PLIERS. These work great, I prefer the puller...
  13. I have thought about this problem before and I...

    I have thought about this problem before and I ran some calculations based on the material properties of the mainline and steel wire:
    - 9 gauge wire is good for around 1000 lbs of force. If you...
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    I had a quick question about replacing droplines:...

    I had a quick question about replacing droplines: If we are on a 3-year rotation of replacing droplines, does it makes sense to replace the T as well as the dropline? We are using seasonal spouts.
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    After working in a 20x30 foot drive shed for the...

    After working in a 20x30 foot drive shed for the past 5 years, we are finally getting a sugar shack fit for purpose!

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    It is quite disappointing. We measured about 1.1%...

    It is quite disappointing. We measured about 1.1% throughout the last week.
    Flow rates were quite good, we have collected close to 3 Gpt now. It did not flow well over the weekend, things never...
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    First run of the fall tapping season just...

    First run of the fall tapping season just finished - 22 hrs and 1.1 Gpt came in, we dumped about the first 1000 gallons of sap and collected about 8000 to boil. I dont think we will start up the...
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    We are tapping 8000 trees now. getting fist good...

    We are tapping 8000 trees now. getting fist good run today. anticipate boiling in Monday/Tuesday
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    Any updates on this?

    Any updates on this?
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    I had a marathon 22 hour day on Sunday - I dont...

    I had a marathon 22 hour day on Sunday - I dont know if you heard from John, but we had a big rip open up in our evaporator back pan. There was a good leak right into the fire, we had to douse it...
  21. We have 600 taps on a sap ladder that rises 40...

    We have 600 taps on a sap ladder that rises 40 feet. We had 2x20 to start, but that was not working well, so we changed to 4x10, with great success.
    We use 4x 1/2" rises on the ladders. breezyHill...
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    2018 Syrup crop quality

    All,

    We have been slowly working through our way selling off the 2018 crop. We have been inspecting the quality of our syrup and we have noticed that starting on April 11th, a slight buddy flavor...
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    I heard that Quebec made 110m pounds of syrup...

    I heard that Quebec made 110m pounds of syrup this year, compared to last year when they made 152m pounds and 148m lbs in 2016. Sales by the federation were about 118m pounds last year and 101m in...
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    Thanks for the comments, there are a lot of...

    Thanks for the comments, there are a lot of questions so I will go through one by one. Here are the answers:

    • Final brix was targeted for 67. I have used the jones rule of 88.1/x-.32, this...
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    Keeping track of large quantities of sap

    I hope you all have had a great season.
    I have been looking into our season records and I have a few questions and thought that perhaps someone in the industry longer here has experienced a similar...
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