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    The hardest thing for me to stop was the old...

    The hardest thing for me to stop was the old habit of drilling wood like for a wood working project where you plunge the bit in out then in out to clear shavings for a few cycles. As I have learned...
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    You pretty much described TN maple weather....

    You pretty much described TN maple weather. Anytime after 2/15 it can just turn spring on you and next thing you know , trees are budding and its over. Been flowing really good here!!!
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    Flowing like crazy down here. Been using the sap...

    Flowing like crazy down here. Been using the sap sacks mostly. I really like them so far. Had a squirrel chew one and another got so full it fell off the tree.
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    East Tennessee guy here. Tapped 10 Sunday. 8 did...

    East Tennessee guy here. Tapped 10 Sunday. 8 did really well. Been doing this for several years. Home made boiler. Tube / buckets mostly. Tried the sap bags this year , REALLY like them so far!
    Good...
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    Nice , I tapped 10 Sunday. All but 2 of the trees...

    Nice , I tapped 10 Sunday. All but 2 of the trees I drilled were running pretty good. Im glad somebody else in the south decided to tap the same time. Makes me feel a little better about the decision...
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    They make home brewing pots with elements already...

    They make home brewing pots with elements already in them , plug and go. The one my friend has works really well.
  7. Some of the best advice was when I was advised to...

    Some of the best advice was when I was advised to take advice!!

    Don't blow shavings out with your mouth , use a wire or twig.

    Chunk that ice out and don't worry about the drops of sugar it...
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    Wow , that's awesome!! Hope this season is longer...

    Wow , that's awesome!! Hope this season is longer than last years here.
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    Im gonna try to poke a few trees Sunday. Looks...

    Im gonna try to poke a few trees Sunday. Looks like we have some teens and 20's for a few nights over Christmas.
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    Just curious what kind of temps you guys have...

    Just curious what kind of temps you guys have been having the last week or so , im thinking bout getting some early taps out next week.
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    Yea , I definitely see it both ways. Im probably...

    Yea , I definitely see it both ways. Im probably gonna wait till the next good cold snap after xmas. I need to order some 5/16 tubing. I bought 500 ft of 3/16 last year only to discover its not real...
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    If you get two weeks of good flow down here , its...

    If you get two weeks of good flow down here , its been a good year. Obviously I am a small timer but I love it. I built a wood fired boiler / arch a few years ago. and am up to 21 trees to tap. The...
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    Next Week

    Between the last few nights and next week having 4-5 projected nights in the high 20's. Anybody thinking about poking a tree or two?
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    Will definitely be joining in. Nice addition!!

    Will definitely be joining in. Nice addition!!
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    Sounds outstanding to me! Id say we are done down...

    Sounds outstanding to me! Id say we are done down here. 130 gal is solid man!
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    Good info! Im gonna try it if given the...

    Good info! Im gonna try it if given the opportunity!
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    How's it going guys? Slow here , Ive collected...

    How's it going guys? Slow here , Ive collected about 15 gallons.
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    Yea , You posted exactly what Im thinking. I...

    Yea , You posted exactly what Im thinking. I didn't tap everything last week and Im now regretting it. This is going to be my least productive season to date (now , that's not saying much since my...
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    Buckeye , The few drop lines that I did (pretty...

    Buckeye , The few drop lines that I did (pretty much two trees to a t to a bucket) out produced the others. You are correct. Once the flow peaked , the drops straight to buckets did produce but not...
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    As always , thanks for the input and knowledge. I...

    As always , thanks for the input and knowledge. I usually clean out the tap holes with a twig. The weather has been pretty perfect really , highs in upper 40's. ,lows in 20's. I suppose I should have...
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    Trying 3/16. Wont flow?

    Hey guys , I switched from 5/16 to 3/16 this season. We have had some favorable weather the last few days so I tapped 10 trees earlier in the week. Im running tap down to buckets on the ground with...
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    4 days next week are looking good here. I suppose...

    4 days next week are looking good here. I suppose its going to be a little colder up there. Im looking at tapping tomorrow or Monday.
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    Im thinking the same thing. Might tap a few test...

    Im thinking the same thing. Might tap a few test trees. Gonna hold out for the possibility of colder weather in early Feb but its certainly a risk these days.
  24. Thread: Bourbon syrup

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    I have done a hobbyist level bourbon barrel ish...

    I have done a hobbyist level bourbon barrel ish syrup. I take 4-5 3'' long by 1/2'' thick pieces of oak. Toast them in the oven. Soak those in bourbon for a month, take them out , hot pack syrup on...
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    Trees are budded out here.

    Trees are budded out here.
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