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    Yeah, I could get a better price. I just don't...

    Yeah, I could get a better price. I just don't end up using them. People who get my syrup generally don't need the labels. If I expand, maybe. I use a few here and there.
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    I designed mine in Gimp and used...

    I designed mine in Gimp and used https://www.uprinting.com. Was $45 for 100 3x3 labels. Not sure why I chose the sticker product I did, but looking now, there are much cheaper options on their site...
  3. That's awesome! Give 'em a high five from us down...

    That's awesome! Give 'em a high five from us down here in the corner of the state with the crappy maple weather :)
  4. 1. What Specific Pump you are using - Shutflo...

    1. What Specific Pump you are using
    - Shutflo 4008. Wired to kick on when it warms up, shut off when it freezes with those handy little 12v controllers. Mounted in a plastic tote with controllers...
  5. Dark is where the flavor tends to be :) While I...

    Dark is where the flavor tends to be :) While I was having my last large boil a few days ago, some neighbors stopped by and a comment was made by them that it smells even better than when they...
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    I've followed Carl's directions and the membranes...

    I've followed Carl's directions and the membranes kept just fine so I followed them again this season :) 2 gallons of permeate after the preservative isn't going to flush every bit of it out either.
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    Good to hear you got a nice push at the end! Not...

    Good to hear you got a nice push at the end! Not a great season here; just wouldn't get cold enough at night. I ended up with only 18.6 gallons of syrup off 93 taps. About 10 gallons less than last...
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    You bet, glad it could help. I always want to cry...

    You bet, glad it could help. I always want to cry at how much syrup ends up in the filter material. This makes it not quite as painful :)
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    Basically the end here; one more collection (if...

    Basically the end here; one more collection (if it's even good) from my remote sugar bush. Forecast is too warm. No freezes (or just a couple degrees below the freezing point for an hour or two) on...
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    Vacuum. Mechanical or 3/16 gravity. It's not like...

    Vacuum. Mechanical or 3/16 gravity. It's not like that's expected every day though. 2gpt is a really good day. If your trees just started producing, it'll be a bit until the best runs.
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    Ginger! Brilliant. I bet that is really good!

    Ginger! Brilliant. I bet that is really good!
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    I pour the settled syrup I accumulate from boils...

    I pour the settled syrup I accumulate from boils into a finishing pan; but then filter that for final bottling. I filter into a large stock pot and it usually will maintain >185 temp for bottling, if...
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    I have made up to 28 gallons in a year, but get...

    I have made up to 28 gallons in a year, but get small batches frequently. I think my largest filtering/bottling effort was about 15 gallons (a week last year was nuts for sap flow). I mounted a cone...
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    Flower buds. Keep going; they don't affect the...

    Flower buds. Keep going; they don't affect the sap. Given your location, you have some time left, but probably not a ton until the leaf buds start to swell more and sap turns buddy. My silvers start...
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    Taps on vac are gushing. Buckets, meh. 10-day...

    Taps on vac are gushing. Buckets, meh. 10-day forecast is garbage. Might get just enough cold Sunday night, but it's not looking good here. Lows only to 29 and for a few hours. :(
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    I've done half a cinnamon stick in quarts of...

    I've done half a cinnamon stick in quarts of syrup. The result is most excellent.
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    Yeah, this warmup sucks. Forecast here (Wind...

    Yeah, this warmup sucks. Forecast here (Wind Lake, SW of MKE) isn't very good. Good freeze on the way tonight, but then the next two solid freezes are the nights of the 18-19th and 19-20th. At that...
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    Made it to a pint of syrup per tap today. Better...

    Made it to a pint of syrup per tap today. Better than nothing! Better get myself back to scrubbing...
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    I did bottle up 4 gallons on Saturday. Got more...

    I did bottle up 4 gallons on Saturday. Got more keeping cool pulled off the evaporator yesterday and will boil again this evening to catch up to the decent run with this warmup. Thankfully the north...
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    Ugh. Guess I'll get to scrub everything...

    Ugh. Guess I'll get to scrub everything mid-season...

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    That's awesome! I tap a few big silvers like that...

    That's awesome! I tap a few big silvers like that too. Can't get tubing to them, but they'll overflow a 5 gallon bucket in the blink of an eye. Wish all of them were like that :)
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    Vacuum. Vac completely changed how well my...

    Vacuum.

    Vac completely changed how well my silvers (about 60 taps) run. Buckets = inconsistent, low or no flow. Vac = gushers. I've tried one big silver 3 times with buckets and got nothing every...
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    Holy sugar sand in this first boil. Ran through...

    Holy sugar sand in this first boil. Ran through about 250 gallons of sap and need to clean my 2x4 divided pan already. Pop city.
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    Yeah! Same here. Finally started to get going in...

    Yeah! Same here. Finally started to get going in the evening and ran though much of the night. They're running really well right now. RO is busy doing its thing. Need to go collect at my remote trees...
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    About 1.6 gallons/tap here so far; will boil...

    About 1.6 gallons/tap here so far; will boil Wednesday (dictated by the schedule of the rest of my life). Nice forecast on the way for the next week; but stupid warm after that. Hope it changes...
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