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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...
  3. 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.
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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...
  6. 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?
  7. 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.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_nigrum#/media/File:Acer_nigrum_range_map_1.png
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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...
  15. 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)
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Just got done cutting wood for next winter. It's...

    Just got done cutting wood for next winter. It's great exercise! I think I could call it pilates with bugs in the mud! I think it could become the big exercise craze!
  19. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    Lukie, I would say about a cord to 10 gallons...

    Lukie, I would say about a cord to 10 gallons with a 2x6 evaporator. We ended up making about half the syrup of last year, but the good news is that we have about half the wood left!
  20. Thread: guzzler pumps

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    We're thinking of getting a guzzler. Questions: ...

    We're thinking of getting a guzzler. Questions: Can you still do gravity, and bypass it? We just want to pull extra sap before weekends when we have time to boil it. Is it possible to set it up...
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    Has anyone tried the guzzler? I was wondering if...

    Has anyone tried the guzzler? I was wondering if it works well, and what's needed to install one?
  22. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    I think this is the last run. Tomorrow may be...

    I think this is the last run. Tomorrow may be the last of it, and then we are boiling every last drop we can find! I think this will help us out! We are catching up, but it's not the season we had...
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    We're catching up a bit, but it's still going to be a slow season.

    We're thinking about getting some vacuum for next season. It's not needed if it's a season like last year, but it would come in handy with a season like this one!

    We are thinking maybe about a...
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    We had a little frost last night, but not a hard...

    We had a little frost last night, but not a hard freeze. Tonight looks like it's going to be one! It should flow tomorrow!
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    I boiled off 75 gallons or so yesterday, which...

    I boiled off 75 gallons or so yesterday, which still leaves us with over 200 for the weekend. We're going to make some more syrup this weekend for sure!
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