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  1. Thread: 2019 Tapping

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    We started tapping 1/8/19....We expected to see...

    We started tapping 1/8/19....We expected to see more sap, but trees are acting oddly. We tap on 2 separate farms. We collected 44 gallons from 48 taps at one farm, and only 12 gallons from 60 taps at...
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    We tapped yesterday. We only put 30 in, but will...

    We tapped yesterday. We only put 30 in, but will add more next week after the little warm-up we have predicted. This is the first time we tapped, that the holes were completely dry and no sap ran....
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    The bags aren't blue, and they are double...

    The bags aren't blue, and they are double sealed...We dump them into 2 gallon buckets, and if they are overflowing, we fill two buckets with one very full bag. I am using bought hangers. Maybe you...
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    We have been hoping your trees were giving and...

    We have been hoping your trees were giving and wanted to stop by and see how things are going! Maybe those trees will dump tomorrow. Good Luck!
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    This was a great run, and almost all the bags had...

    This was a great run, and almost all the bags had 4 gallons...So either they quit or they were going full-speed. I am guessing, since many of our 70 taps had quit....I think we collected about...
  6. Thread: Still tapping?

    by Sugar
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    The sun seems to hit the bags, just so it looks...

    The sun seems to hit the bags, just so it looks like a little light glowing in the bottom of the bags...I love that! It's like little beacons guiding our way to the trees and the gift in the...
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    We checked our trees this afternoon. Some were...

    We checked our trees this afternoon. Some were still dripping. We could have collected about 30 gallons, but the sap was cloudy/yellow. I think it was simply too hot. The sap still dripping from the...
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    We collected 140 gallons yesterday. I am waiting...

    We collected 140 gallons yesterday. I am waiting until after the next days freeze, then pulling taps. I think sometimes taps, close due to infection..If you have enough trees, you could move some...
  9. Thread: Still tapping?

    by Sugar
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    We got 120 gallons total...100 gallons on...

    We got 120 gallons total...100 gallons on Saturday and 20 more yesterday. Thankfully we had it all done, before the storm hit. We got 17 twelve oz. and sugar levels are only about 1.5...Very nice...
  10. Thread: Still tapping?

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    Our trees were barely dripping today. I didn't...

    Our trees were barely dripping today. I didn't know if they were still frozen or they were quitting, so we put some more taps in and they were dripping hard. We'll see tomorrow.....

    We need to get...
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    Oh yes! We have about 65 taps in and use the...

    Oh yes! We have about 65 taps in and use the bags/hangers . We have a lovely 4ft. evaporator. We also use a stainless steal wood-fired water bath canner...When our "cup" overflows. We have made 140...
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    Thank you! My children are very close to the...

    Thank you!
    My children are very close to the "Old Order Mennonite" community. They love to go stay with their friends there, even overnight. They are comfortable there. This community is the most...
  13. Thread: Still tapping?

    by Sugar
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    We added some new taps yesterday evening and the...

    We added some new taps yesterday evening and the sap was still running, nice and clear too. We did bring along some water and cleaned out a few bags that looked a bit ucky and replaced one bag with...
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    Nace and Jan.... Sugar Mapler's!!!!!

    Two of my boys and myself had the chance to visit Nace and his lovely wife last evening. Although we took an hour to find his sugar shack, he only lives 5 minutes away. Nace and Jan were both so warm...
  15. Thread: Still tapping?

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    We didn't get much yesterday, but will put in...

    We didn't get much yesterday, but will put in some new taps today and see what happens. Good luck to you! I sent you a pm...Wondering how things were, since you are nearby. I am curious how this...
  16. Thread: Still tapping?

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    I disinfected all my buckets yesterday, since the...

    I disinfected all my buckets yesterday, since the previous 3 days had been so warm, wood is piled up, kids rested...barely...Waiting to see how the trees do today! We are so grateful! This is such...
  17. Thread: Still tapping?

    by Sugar
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    Still tapping?

    We are ALMOST recovered from last weeks run. We brought 400 gallons of sap from the trees. We ended up with 62 twelve oz. jars of syrup. The run started with lighter syrup, but the last jars are...
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    Well...We miscalculated today. We went and...

    Well...We miscalculated today. We went and gathered sap yesterday evening. Trees were barely running and we only had 8 gallons out of 58 taps. We dumped any ice and went home. Looking at the short...
  19. Thread: Time to tap

    by Sugar
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    I think it is hard on the bags too, but this is...

    I think it is hard on the bags too, but this is the first time we have had to do that. Still bags are best for this momma and her four chicks.
  20. Thread: Time to tap

    by Sugar
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    Our bags were nicely filled and frozen hard. We...

    Our bags were nicely filled and frozen hard. We dumped what was liquid into buckets and pitched the ice. We will be about 41 tomorrow, then 9 on Monday, into the negative temps at night....Probably...
  21. Thread: Early?

    by Sugar
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    Maybe he is doing what we are...We are trying to...

    Maybe he is doing what we are...We are trying to keep the amount of sap manageable, but don't want to risk losing out with an unpredictable winter. I have about half the taps in...If they close off I...
  22. Thread: Can my sap wait?

    by Sugar
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    Still struggling to cook, but may have to stop...

    Still struggling to cook, but may have to stop until Saturday. I will definitely take the ice out. My sap is in 4 gallon buckets, so it all freezes quickly...Thing is today...My kids are freezing...
  23. Thread: Can my sap wait?

    by Sugar
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    We are trying to cook today, but it is difficult...

    We are trying to cook today, but it is difficult with the wind and snow. I may have to shut evaporator down, if it doesn't keep cooking and wait until Saturday. Tomorrow will be colder. Thanks for...
  24. Thread: Time to tap

    by Sugar
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    Remind me, I would happily give you a bottle. I...

    Remind me, I would happily give you a bottle. I am waiting for a reply on another thread to see if my sap can wait today. It is so windy and I am afraid that the stack will blow off. It is 26 now,...
  25. Thread: Can my sap wait?

    by Sugar
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    Can my sap wait?

    We collected sap last evening. The temps overnight went into the 30's. It is very windy now and 26, with a negative 3 wind chill. I am afraid to cook the sap now, since the wind is so strong, I worry...
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