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    All cleaned up over here with 18 3/4 gallons made...

    All cleaned up over here with 18 3/4 gallons made off of 178 taps - not too good... as this year was all on the 3/16 lines with mostly reds and about 25% sugar maples.
    A late start didn't help...
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    With the time spent setting up new the new vac...

    With the time spent setting up new the new vac system and air injection; it was a short season over here.
    Although I did get about 275 gallons in since Wednesday, I will be turning the vac off...
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    You're right about those two. Fred is first class...

    You're right about those two. Fred is first class when it comes to answering, or returning phone calls. I could not be happier with the service at Richards.

    The air injection is working as...
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    The CDL 100 is my first RO, so no issues with...

    The CDL 100 is my first RO, so no issues with bells and whistles here. It's a great setup for what I'm doing and a good friend just picked one up yesterday after seeing mine.
    In two 3 hour stretches...
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    That's awesome Kevin, and congrats too, from over...

    That's awesome Kevin, and congrats too, from over here on Little Mountain.
    Been playing with the new RO this past week, it's pulling 50 gal of water an hour out of the collection tank. For me, with...
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    Jason- you had an RO back then, right? How's...

    Jason- you had an RO back then, right?

    How's the Leader Micro RO working out for you? Just fired up the mini hobby CDL 100 last night and went from .9% to over 2%- I'm doing handstands.
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    Light Syrup

    It's hard for me to make syrup period, when sugar content is below 1% !

    We weren't boiling sap, I re-named it "sip".

    The new mini hobby CDL RO is going to change things.
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    Fred helped set up the new CDL Hobby RO tonight....

    Fred helped set up the new CDL Hobby RO tonight. It yanked about 120 gallons of water out of the 300 in the tank. I can’t wait to boil, even just, 2-4% sap. I now see how those of you with Hi Vac...
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    Anyone else with low sugar & air injection observations

    So far I've got 5 boils in. Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday last week and another yesterday. The vacuum is working great except our sugar content is horrible... Yesterday was 118 gal to 1...
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    Tapped with the grandkids here yesterday -had...

    Tapped with the grandkids here yesterday -had them hang some bags then went into the back woods and got 130 tapped on the 3/16 which is now on high vac. Had a little more than 120 gal in the tank...
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    Jason, sounds like you guys have made some nice...

    Jason, sounds like you guys have made some nice syrup in the past week or so

    I'm finally ready to tap this week. Sure glad I replaced drops and spouts back in December and January - it was...
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    From the reports coming in; it looks like sugar...

    From the reports coming in; it looks like sugar is running higher this year.

    Thanks and the same to you.
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    Jason, 2 1/2 GPT is awesome and looks like your...

    Jason, 2 1/2 GPT is awesome and looks like your sugar is up to boot.
    Sure hope to be boiling over here by next weekend.
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    Finally got the new vac system all connected. ...

    Finally got the new vac system all connected.

    Ended up re-routing 1” dry and 5/16 wet lines to sugar house yesterday.

    Today was spent setting releaser and water trap in place and making...
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    Should have new vac system all hooked up and...

    Should have new vac system all hooked up and ready to tap by the end of today.
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    Any syrup or sap reports? Must have been running...

    Any syrup or sap reports? Must have been running strong yesterday and today.
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    Jason, here's hoping your sugar maples give you...

    Jason, here's hoping your sugar maples give you the 2%+ you're looking for.

    Good friend in Perry taps all hard maples, and is consistently in the mid 2's, even hits 3's at times.
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    Getting closer. Got the tank in place on...

    Getting closer. Got the tank in place on Saturday and the booster set up down by the creek yesterday.

    Fought for over an hour last night trying to get a 1" hose barb connector fitting into the...
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    Heus - Amen to the inaccuracy of extended...

    Heus - Amen to the inaccuracy of extended forecasts...

    I raced sailboats on the Great Lakes for over 33 years. Always said they should put the weather gurus in a room that had some windows - so...
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    My new tank is ready to be picked up and almost...

    My new tank is ready to be picked up and almost finished with plumbing up the vac system.

    I hope to be ready to tap by the first of next week.

    Did any of you, who are tapped, see any...
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    By the looks of your sugar content, and your...

    By the looks of your sugar content, and your history, this should be a better year than last.

    I spent today poking away at setting up the new releaser...made and installed a bracket mount for it...
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    Curious if that is higher or lower sugar than...

    Curious if that is higher or lower sugar than normal.
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    Thank you, I can get real fussy about neat and...

    Thank you, I can get real fussy about neat and tidy.

    The pump is an Air Tech L25, rated at 21CFM. Although the intake is 1¼", I ran 1" to the sugar house, distance is 75'.
    For this year the...
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    For me - this year anyway, the time to begin...

    For me - this year anyway, the time to begin tapping will be when I get all my new "stuff" plumbed in and wired up!
    My final boil is determined by the quality of the sap I bring in. If it's milky...
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    As of this weekend, I have the vacuum line run...

    As of this weekend, I have the vacuum line run from the shop to the sugar house and the new Airtech pump has a dedicated 220 circuit. Vac pump is setup in the shop with line going out to sugar house....
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