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    I am also done in Bug Tussle except for washing...

    I am also done in Bug Tussle except for washing and putting away. My yield was similar to yours Doug about 50 gallons on 110 taps. It was a fast and furious season. I have gotten more experience...
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    I remember the booklet for the Lunchbox mentioned...

    I remember the booklet for the Lunchbox mentioned dry air. May have been some moisture blocking the exhaust? I think the longer between cycles means you have a good tight tubing setup, a good thing...
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    That is good to hear Doug! I would like to hear...

    That is good to hear Doug! I would like to hear what size/type tubing you selected for your test. In my "maple world" the builder's sign and layout stakes when up on lot I used for the Lunchbox in...
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    Hey Doug, I also put in my taps mid January...

    Hey Doug,

    I also put in my taps mid January but I think the we have had a slower warm up than 2017. I have enough syrup to equal about a quart per tap. Better than the last two years. I plan to...
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    Tapping in Bug Tussle

    I lack 7 taps of 106 total to be all tapped for 2018. I put 40 in on tubing during last weeks thaw. Updated equipment this year includes a home built RO and a Lunchbox Vacuum for the taps on...
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    Just one little peeper singing in Bug Tussle...

    Just one little peeper singing in Bug Tussle tonight. He is the first this season. With some more seasonal weather forecasted this weekend I am still set up to make syrup. Not much quick or easy...
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    The silver maples I spot checked for buddy...

    The silver maples I spot checked for buddy odor/flavor are all fine despite the warm weather. Some of them have run a good bit while the hard maples are resting. Buckets are clean, ready to make...
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    Hey ferratus! I have some soft maples tapped...

    Hey ferratus!

    I have some soft maples tapped and was wondering about the about the buds too. From looking at old posts one Maple Trader mentioned spot checking his trees with a metal cup and a...
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    Mine is 5/16. 4th year on this tubing.

    Mine is 5/16. 4th year on this tubing.
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    In 2015 I took in about 1/3 of the crop in the...

    In 2015 I took in about 1/3 of the crop in the last 10 days of an 8 week season. That was the first year I tried check valve taps on about half my trees. Lots of roller coaster weather may come in...
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    Half Tapped in Bug Tussle

    55 taps in today. 40 of those are on gravity tubing. Cold windy start turned to a nice sunny afternoon. I plan to tap the balance tomorrow for about one hundred taps total this year. My place is...
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    I will be waiting until first week of Feb 2017...

    I will be waiting until first week of Feb 2017 due to vacation plan. First boil last year was on 1/29. The long range temperature forecasts for central Indiana show freeze/thaw over 8 days out. ...
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    Not enough early warming here for good flow. ...

    Not enough early warming here for good flow. Looking better this weekend.
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    All in at Bug Tussel(Central Indiana)

    I put my last twelve taps in Wednesday evening at the highest point in Hendricks county. The wind was whipping! 95 taps for me this year. I have boiled about 250 gallons. Check valve taps on...
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    Getting Startied in Clayton

    About 40 taps in this weekend, 30 on tubing. Nice weather to be outdoors. We have one beehive and the girls are loving warm-up too!
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    Sounds like a great season to stop early. Best...

    Sounds like a great season to stop early. Best to you this year Tapping Wolf!
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    Way to go Tap Wolf! I have an awkward situation...

    Way to go Tap Wolf! I have an awkward situation with one of my neighbors. He let me tap his yard trees first year and I compensated him with over a gallon of syrup. Next year I left him a note for...
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    So Eric, how do you make your Hickory syrup? Do...

    So Eric, how do you make your Hickory syrup? Do you like it better than Maple??
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    Getting Started in Clayon

    I put in about 35 taps today. Nice weather!

    This year I have about a third of my trees (neighbor's lot) on tubing and mainline into my backyard camp.
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    Taps out on Monday 3/12. Last batch of syrup...

    Taps out on Monday 3/12. Last batch of syrup puts total at about 24 gallons. A pretty good year.

    Now comes the cleanup!
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    If you are tapped in sugar maples you should have...

    If you are tapped in sugar maples you should have some more time.

    Listen for the peepers. They usually tell me when I'm done.
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    2012 Season Central Indiana

    My first batch of syrup is done today. 10 gallons, light flavor and color.

    92 taps have been in since late January/earlyFebruary.

    Wishing a sweet 2012 season to all Maple Traders!
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    Tapping 2011

    Put taps in warm trees last Sunday, about 60 total. Added 30 more this week.

    Updates for this year:

    -One dump station(100 foot step saver).

    -Small roadside tank and pump for my S-10...
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    Indiana Maple Syrup Association

    Several friendly and helpful people in the association.

    We had Tim Wilmot from Proctor Maple Research Center at our annual meeting in December. He presented on many topics including mainline...
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    How was your season???

    I finished at about two thirds of an average crop.

    14 1/2 gallons on 76 taps.

    Putting up firewood for next year!
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