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  1. Thread: 2020 season

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    It was a sweet season, even though there was no...

    It was a sweet season, even though there was no Maine Maple Weekend. C'est la vie.
  2. Thread: 2020 season

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    Yes, that's it for us. We will call it a season...

    Yes, that's it for us. We will call it a season on Saturday and chase with water.
  3. Thread: 2020 season

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    We may pull this weekend, but it looks like a...

    We may pull this weekend, but it looks like a couple of good freezes coming on the weekend. Maybe we'll keep boiling... There's very little else we can do now!
  4. Thread: 2020 season

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    I went up to the sugarhouse to check and there...

    I went up to the sugarhouse to check and there was nothing yesterday. I went out back to pee and found a tree across the mainline. After an hour of sawing, tightening and seeing if there was slope...
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    Pouring in yesterday!

    I went up to the sugarhouse and it was pouring in yesterday. We were planning on boiling later in the week, but with it coming in like that, it was time, so I fired up the first boil of 2020. Fun! ...
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    It was below freezing even late in the afternoon...

    It was below freezing even late in the afternoon yesterday, but temps have been rising since then! I think today is going to be a big day!
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    Checked it out and even with the nice slush...

    Checked it out and even with the nice slush storm, still nothing to speak of. Maybe next week. Ok by me.
  8. Thread: 2020 season

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    We're all tapped, and the lines are cleaned out,...

    We're all tapped, and the lines are cleaned out, so it's going to be a little while before good sap flow. Looks like next Tuesday is good. We'll see...
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    It's February, so I say go for it! We aren't...

    It's February, so I say go for it! We aren't quite ready here yet, or we'd be tapping too!
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    It seems to start out watery. It seems like the...

    It seems to start out watery. It seems like the maple season is starting! We were planning on tapping around the 15th of February, but it seems like it's starting earlier according to the forecast...
  11. Thread: 2020 season

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    too warm too early!

    It's going to be in the 40's today and tomorrow. This is the third time we have had a "January thaw". I hope it doesn't freeze up in February! We are planning on tapping in the middle of February.
  12. Thread: 2020 season

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    We're finally getting some regular winter...

    We're finally getting some regular winter weather. I think we've already lost some sap, but if it keeps a reasonable temperature for the next few weeks, it's going to be okay. I think if it wants...
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    We are thinking of getting one of those shurflow...

    We are thinking of getting one of those shurflow pumps. After we cut wood next year maybe...

    I am going to predict an early start to the season based on how warm this winter has been already. Of...
  14. Thread: 2020 season

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    2020 season

    Getting ready for the season. They are starting in Missouri, so the season has started. I am thinking about the middle of February, which is not that far away now. What do you think?
  15. I've been xc skiing a lot this winter, so that's...

    I've been xc skiing a lot this winter, so that's been my exercise regimen, but cutting wood was good in the fall. Around the middle of February I'll switch back to snowshoes and start doing tubing! ...
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    It could be a good season if it stays cold during...

    It could be a good season if it stays cold during January and early February, then warms up nicely, but not too much into March. We'll see...
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    Black Maple grows in the extreme northwest side...

    Black Maple grows in the extreme northwest side of Vermont, so it may do okay there.

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    The only thing I know is that if we have a warm...

    The only thing I know is that if we have a warm January and February then we lose some of the sap that would have shown up in March. So I may be able to say if it will be a good season just before...
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    Great explanation Dr. Tim! Thanks!

    Great explanation Dr. Tim! Thanks!
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    I think it's like a ripe fruit. The sugars turn...

    I think it's like a ripe fruit. The sugars turn red, orange and yellow once they are left. Athocyanin is the technical term for the color producing chemical.
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    I like it! We're going to fix a few spots where...

    I like it! We're going to fix a few spots where the beasties chewed and where trees fell in the last 2 windstorms this weekend, so the sugar season kinda starts for us too. It's going to be a good...
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    Is it going to be a good season?

    I don't know about you, but I am asked this all the time. The truth is that I have no idea whatsoever. But I always say "Yes! I think it will be good!" Sometimes I add in something like there was...
  23. We're not selling until after next winter. ...

    We're not selling until after next winter. Sugaring is too fun, and the wives are coming around. (hopefully)
  24. Yes! We could even incorporate some goats into...

    Yes! We could even incorporate some goats into the exercise! Pulling on tubing is great stretching work also!
  25. Cutting a bunch of trees that fell in the last...

    Cutting a bunch of trees that fell in the last two wind events. We cut two, but then found another 2 up the hill! It's going to be a workout!
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