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    About 1.5 gal sap/tap between the last two days. ...

    About 1.5 gal sap/tap between the last two days. Boiled today and will again tomorrow. But if I knew then what I know now, I would have wouldn't have tapped yet. Looks like a cold spell coming up...
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    Finished tapping yesterday morning, then ran a...

    Finished tapping yesterday morning, then ran a new 3/16 line in the afternoon to bring this year's tap count to 950 or so. I think 1000 could be had if I spent some time corralling the last few...
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    I'll be tapping starting tomorrow. Takes me...

    I'll be tapping starting tomorrow. Takes me about 2 full days. Some years I might have tapped to see what I could get yesterday and today, but there were too many things going on and I wasn't sure...
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    They sure put a lot into that form. I think I...

    They sure put a lot into that form. I think I had my first (and only) inspection the second or third year I was licensed. It's no big deal, just send in the paperwork every year.

    If your town...
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    It's the first one, food and fuel.

    It's the first one, food and fuel.
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    That link is still good, nothing has changed. At...

    That link is still good, nothing has changed. At least when I click it it takes me straight there.
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    That's it for me. Barely a freeze last night and...

    That's it for me. Barely a freeze last night and the sap didn't run well today. Plus there's only so much 60:1 I can take. Final total should be just shy of 1/2 gallon syrup per tap. Very similar...
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    Keep after it, Nate! I'm surprised you didn't...

    Keep after it, Nate!

    I'm surprised you didn't get colder. I had a good freeze here, and I'm usually warmer than what the forecast says it will be. I'm thinking a couple more days... the taps are...
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    Who's still in it? I almost quit, but decided to...

    Who's still in it? I almost quit, but decided to stick with it a bit longer. I pulled the taps I have in reds, as well as the ones tapped below the mainline. Barely a trickle the last couple days,...
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    The cold stretch early this week actually brought...

    The cold stretch early this week actually brought it back up to 2.0 briefly. I've been between 1.7 and 2.0 for a while now... an unusually low sugar year for sure.

    The sap has run well the last...
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    Through yesterday: 360 gallons of syrup on 15,850...

    Through yesterday: 360 gallons of syrup on 15,850 gallons of sap. That's .38 gallons of syrup and 16.7 gallons of sap per tap. I'm hoping for 90 more gallons of syrup, which looks quite possible at...
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    Closing in on 2 gpt since it thawed yesterday,...

    Closing in on 2 gpt since it thawed yesterday, 1.9% brix. Boiled off 1260 gallons in 10 hours, looks like another long day tomorrow. Looks to be the lightest syrup of the year, probably still...
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    How's everyone making out? Right now I'm at 270...

    How's everyone making out? Right now I'm at 270 gallons of syrup on 11470 gallons sap. That's about 42:1, which would be fine over the whole season, but the sugar content has been really low lately....
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    Well I'm disappointed in my sugar content. It's...

    Well I'm disappointed in my sugar content. It's been about 2.2% lately. Without any deep freeze likely, I'm afraid it isn't going to go up much. I think my worst season averaged out at about 43:1. ...
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    Well it didn't freeze up here. Maybe partially...

    Well it didn't freeze up here. Maybe partially froze in some of the woods, I'm not sure. Sap flow picked up when the sun came out, but not like yesterday. Still, with a thousand gallons through...
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    Technically it's impossible to get a vaccuum...

    Technically it's impossible to get a vaccuum beyond -30" Hg. But clearly it's doing what it's supposed to. 60 gph on 460 sounds about right. I have about twice as many taps and was at 110 gph for...
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    Really good run yesterday. Cranked through 1000...

    Really good run yesterday. Cranked through 1000 gallons of sap today and made 24 gallons of syrup. I had sweetened the pans yesterday, but not drawn off. No freeze last night, so not a lot of sap...
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    I boiled at 2.4% today. Often I start around...

    I boiled at 2.4% today. Often I start around 2.0-2.2, climb to 2.5-2.8 for the middle of the season, then taper off. I generally end up right in the neighborhood of 40:1. So starting off at 2.4%...
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    Nothing to speak of yesterday. I finished...

    Nothing to speak of yesterday. I finished tapping by 1pm, fired up the vacuum pump around 2 to look for leaks. Some taps were running, but nothing on the shady side of the tree for sure. Today it...
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    I put in over a hundred taps yesterday. Will...

    I put in over a hundred taps yesterday. Will probably do a similar number today in the warmest part of the day. I plan to be all tapped by noon Saturday. If it warms up enough to run in the...
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    Looks like the temperatures will be a little too...

    Looks like the temperatures will be a little too low to get any real sap early next week. But it is time to get the saphouse ready and the lines fixed. Last time I was down there a couple days ago I...
  22. Thread: Tapping 2019

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    Will finish up today. The sap is barely...

    Will finish up today. The sap is barely trickling under vacuum, isn't very sweet, and the syrup is filtering really hard. My yard trees (which aren't tapped) have visibly swelling buds now. ...
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    Best way to know is to check regularly and look...

    Best way to know is to check regularly and look for differences. That being said, I think my sugars are real close. Buds are maybe a bit bigger, a bit more white color. Either way, this is almost...
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    Sap ran hard this afternoon, could be a pretty...

    Sap ran hard this afternoon, could be a pretty good day depending on how long into the night it goes. Looks like a couple more big sap days, then see how long we can hold on using the power of...
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    Sure has been a week. Over the last 5 days,...

    Sure has been a week. Over the last 5 days, right about 5 gallons sap/tap, still testing at 2.3% or better. Tuesday and Friday were great runs. Syrup total is over 300 gallons, so call that 80%...
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