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    I don't tap below 15* because I don't want to...

    I don't tap below 15* because I don't want to freeze my fingers. There is more of a risk of splitting the trees too. When I've tapped when it's that cold I've had to go back and seat the taps again...
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    I collected another 250 gallons of sap tonight....

    I collected another 250 gallons of sap tonight. Slightly better than the previous 24 hours but not great. I'm planning to do my first boil tomorrow night. The vacuum is holding at 25.5", I'll take it!
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    Sounds like you're making progress. I've got the...

    Sounds like you're making progress. I've got the weekend off so maybe we can get together when you go to Sunnyside. I've got some greenish colored sap too. I'm planning to go through a couple of pre...
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    The sap finally started to run today and I...

    The sap finally started to run today and I collected 250 gallons tonight. Sap was coming into the releaser from all of the lines, even the cold woods which hadn't started running as of yesterday. The...
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    It was another beautiful day yesterday but the...

    It was another beautiful day yesterday but the sap flow was still weak. I went out late yesterday afternoon in hopes of finding some leaks. Most of the trees in the section of woods that I really...
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    It's only late February here and March is our...

    It's only late February here and March is our sugaring month. Back in January we had a couple of thaws when there hadn't much of a January freeze. February started out warm too which was much like...
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    Bruce I'm sorry to hear that you were ill. You...

    Bruce I'm sorry to hear that you were ill. You haven't missed much. What at first looked like it was going to be a flashback to 2012 is now looking more like a normal season. I tapped last weekend...
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    It looks like it should run this week. It's...

    It looks like it should run this week. It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow and Monday and it's not supposed to be as cold overnight tonight. I think my releaser might have dumped twice too.
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    It's a beautiful day here with plenty of sun and...

    It's a beautiful day here with plenty of sun and it's currently 42*. The sap is trying to run but trees need time to thaw before it will run good. I started out with 19" of vacuum and was able to fix...
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    You're not missing much yet. It's a beautiful day...

    You're not missing much yet. It's a beautiful day here, sunny and 42*, but the trees are still frozen and the sap is barely running.
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    I have a heat tape wrapped around the valve and...

    I have a heat tape wrapped around the valve and outlet pipe on my bulk storage tank to keep it thawed. I sweeten my sap up with an RO so freezing once it gets concentrated isn't as much of an issue....
  12. When I tapped buckets I washed my taps in hot...

    When I tapped buckets I washed my taps in hot water and used a spout brush to clean the inside. I didn't use any soap or other chemicals. I then boiled them and let them air dry. When it was time to...
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    I've gotten pickle buckets before and the smell...

    I've gotten pickle buckets before and the smell is permanent. After several cleanings and letting air out the smell is still there. They can be used for temporary transport of sap, like gathering,...
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    It looks like you've found what caused the issue...

    It looks like you've found what caused the issue and that you need to get your burner tuned.

    For future cleaning use white vinegar to clean the inside of the pans and don't use chlorine. Rinse...
  15. The syrup will lighten as you boil in the new...

    The syrup will lighten as you boil in the new sap. The longer you boil the lighter it will get. Watch the color at the draw off and if you can, keep the dark and lighter syrups separate.
  16. From my own experience 12 to 14% is the sweet...

    From my own experience 12 to 14% is the sweet spot for making lighter syrup. When you go higher than that it starts to darken again.
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    Mother nature's RO!

    Mother nature's RO!
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    The hobby RO's and the homemade RO's are cutting...

    The hobby RO's and the homemade RO's are cutting into the 250 professional RO market for sure. You are right, they are pretty cheap!



    I'll keep you in mind.
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    I do it in two steps now too, 12% on the first...

    I do it in two steps now too, 12% on the first pass and 20% on the second pass. Last season was the first one where I didn't do a soap wash after every use. I did a permeate wash on the ones that I...
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    I was wondering what you've been up to. Looks...

    I was wondering what you've been up to. Looks like you've got a little catching up to do. I hope your new releaser is ready soon. Good luck getting the rest of your taps in.
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    Thank you Josh and good luck to you too. Yep...

    Thank you Josh and good luck to you too.

    Yep one more season after this one and then I'm moving to NC.

    When I'm finally not working anymore sugaring is going to be a lot more fun. Maybe I can...
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    Hey Josh I've been wondering what you've been up...

    Hey Josh I've been wondering what you've been up to. It's nice to start the season when you're prepared for it. It doesn't feel like you're always trying to get caught up.

    What did you get for a...
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    I concentrate about 100 gallons of well water and...

    I concentrate about 100 gallons of well water and rinse the membranes with the permeate.
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    I drilled mine an inch apart.

    I drilled mine an inch apart.
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    If you're only making 6 to 8 gallons a day don't...

    If you're only making 6 to 8 gallons a day don't store in anything larger than a 5 gallon jug. Try to plan your bottling and boils so that you jug the smaller runs in consumer sizes and store the...
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