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    Ok, don't count my taps until I pull them. 780, a...

    Ok, don't count my taps until I pull them. 780, a couple more than I thought. Made 210 gal. Sap volume was 135% of average but SC was 80%. Color was 10 points darker than average. I'm pretty sure I...
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    I had bottled your syrup in glass and keep it in...

    I had bottled your syrup in glass and keep it in the cold room. Like Brad, my syrup was remarkably consistent in color this year. I don't keep track of the tastings anymore because there are too many...
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    Thanks, Russ. Hope you're kicking back in NC!...

    Thanks, Russ. Hope you're kicking back in NC! Going to contemplate my RO situation over the off season. First time I've had to deal with sugar under 2 and it's a different ballgame. I suspect it's an...
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    C'est Fini

    Only pumped .58 gpt this morning and it was milky so it's over here. This year, sap volume above average, SC below average, grade below average and taste above average. Overall, yield was above...
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    Bonus Season

    Pumped .85 gpt from since the freeze. Slightly cloudy and 1.8% which is about normal this season. Boiled easily and the grade jumped to LT 38, but flavor just isn't quite as good. Forecast says more...
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    Got a little bit overnight and a light flow right...

    Got a little bit overnight and a light flow right now, but my fluepan is still frozen and my couple of buckets are ice chunks so the trees must be pretty stiff.
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    NH

    Summer 2019 - Dry
    Spring 2020 - Normal sugar
    Summer/Fall 2020 - Severe drought
    Spring 2021 - Normal Sugar
    Summer/Fall 2021 - Severe rains
    Spring 2022 - sugar off by 20%
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    Josh, yeah, curious to see what's going to...

    Josh, yeah, curious to see what's going to happen. Just over 10,000 gal here and I think we'll get a couple .5 gpt squirts. Bruce
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    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    A little chilly here so I watched another movie with that nice lady from Proctor Research. She went out and bought whole bunches of golden maple syrup only to discover – egads! - none of it was...
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    Pumped .5 gpt this morning from Friday night and...

    Pumped .5 gpt this morning from Friday night and Saturday, 1.5%, cloudy but not milky and still LT 30. Boiled about midday and visitors showed up for all over: Venezuela, Brazil, Louisiana, Boston,...
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    Another .8gpt of 1.5% yesterday. Made LT 30....

    Another .8gpt of 1.5% yesterday. Made LT 30. While I'm at 118% of average for sap, I'm only just hitting average for syrup. This season is the lowest sugar I've ever had, and the lowest grades. I'm...
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    Pumped .8 gpt of 1.5% this morning. My SC is low...

    Pumped .8 gpt of 1.5% this morning. My SC is low this year for some reason. Sap has cleared up a lot and now only slightly cloudy. 33F this morning. I expect the grade to go up a little. Line are...
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    Pumped .8 gpt during the afternoon and...

    Pumped .8 gpt during the afternoon and half-filled the canner. Boiled well with no foam ups. Didn't grade yet but looks lower end of DR. Probably another .5 gpt out there before it stopped last...
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    28F on top of the hill this morning and probably...

    28F on top of the hill this morning and probably a little colder at the bushes. Forecast is wind this afternoon and colder tonight too. Everything is cleaned and ready to go.
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    Pumped 110 gal of 1.5% Sunday morning and raw...

    Pumped 110 gal of 1.5% Sunday morning and raw boiled to flush the sugar out of the flue pan for the visitors. LT 29, but was selling it right out of the canner. Going to flush and clean the pans and...
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    "the weather and environment that is the biggest...

    "the weather and environment that is the biggest driving factor for sap production in the springtime"

    BAP - I think vacuum is actually the biggest driving factor. Regardless, it is more complex...
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    Oh boy, got another .67 gpt of 70F sap last...

    Oh boy, got another .67 gpt of 70F sap last night. A little cloudy with a high insect content but not quite murky. Going to RO it this morning and boil it for the tourists in the rain. Suspect the...
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    Orchards

    BAP – It really isn’t amazing. I have 750 thinned, fertilized and inventoried sugar maples on clean 3/16 systems. I’ve had a water meter on my sap pump for more than 15 years and keep detailed...
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    Pumped .75/gpt last night and only one tank was...

    Pumped .75/gpt last night and only one tank was cloudy. 45F this morning and the forecast says nothing until mid week. I'm at 96% of my 15 yr gpt average. LT has not dropped below 47 nor risen above...
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    Root Sap

    Well I was wrong. Got a heavy run as the frost is coming out. Pumped 1000 gal and didn't get it all and it was still going as hard as it has all season. 35F this morning on top of the hill, still...
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    33F this morning so with the frozen ground we'll...

    33F this morning so with the frozen ground we'll get at least a partial recharge. Was at 75% of average last night, got a bout .5 gpt Sunday and and .5gpt yesterday, good, clear sap. Expect these...
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    Only March 15th

    38F on top of the hill, so it ran through the night. Didn't let loose until 2PM yesterday, so I'll pump this morning. We'll probably get a marginal freeze tonight with all the frost still in the...
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    March 14th

    Yeah, I have a propane finisher to keep the day's production hot until I have 15 gal to press. Hate starting a cold press. Usually I burn some oil during the season cause I get too tired to load the...
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    Boiling Storm

    Had a Red Roof moment while we were boiling in the storm. Start each day with a clean filter press and it is usually good for 20+ gal. My operation is designed for 15 gal days. But with the heavy...
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    Brought in 1000 g and it was still coming when I...

    Brought in 1000 g and it was still coming when I went to bed. Grade doesn't seem to want to go above 50 LT. If the weather forecast doesn't change we will only have an average season.
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