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    That will be the kicker. I know there are more...

    That will be the kicker. I know there are more species of maple native to Asia than anywhere else, but all I know about is American and some European maples. Apparently there are some species that...
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    Dairy farmer in Japan wants to make syrup

    Recently heard from a friend of mine who recently moved to Japan and is working on a Japanese dairy farm in Hakkaido. Hakkaido is the northern-most large island of Japan and is roughly the size of...
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    Finishing off my first batch now. First boil...

    Finishing off my first batch now.

    First boil started off a little rough, but smoothed out later. The inside of my cinder arch has some ice and snow in it that needed to be evaporated off before...
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    Tapped in Westfield

    Well partially at least. Yesterday I went around and put in 14 taps of my 21 taps, with the cold weather predicted next week I figured I'll put the rest in once the next freeze is done.

    Between...
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    Humans are not unique in not being natural...

    Humans are not unique in not being natural swimmers. The other 3 great ape species are all known for being pretty poor swimmers.
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    My first year I did almost entirely Norway maples...

    My first year I did almost entirely Norway maples and the syrup came out perfectly fine. Of course I'd rather chop one down than tap one, but thats not always an option ;)
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    Still too cold around here. I have plenty of...

    Still too cold around here. I have plenty of trees this year and the forecast looked promising so I drilled a couple of test holes. Not quite dry, but certainly not ready for tapping yet.

    Got my...
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    I'd be iffy about planting tons of those sweet...

    I'd be iffy about planting tons of those sweet sap silver maples. While good for syrup production all those trees are clones of each other and thus a population of them would have no genetic...
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    Doesnt particulary matter. Last year I did a...

    Doesnt particulary matter.

    Last year I did a mix of mainly oak and pine. The oak was my main burning wood but the pine was useful for initially starting the fire or givening it a quick boost if I...
  10. Roughly 2ft here, only thing I could see of my...

    Roughly 2ft here, only thing I could see of my car this morning was the side mirrors. I got the area behind my car cleared, but I think that will be it for now as I doubt I'll be going to work and...
  11. Looks like its gonna be a pretty big one here, I...

    Looks like its gonna be a pretty big one here, I don't see any stations or websites predicting less than a foot at this point for us, some go all the way to 2ft.

    It would be nice to have...
  12. Thread: When to tap?

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    Well 'currently' it looks like Monday will be the...

    Well 'currently' it looks like Monday will be the day for me, I emphasize 'currently' because just two days ago I was looking at tapping on Friday. At this stage of the game you just gotta be ready...
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    We're outside of the trees native range here...

    We're outside of the trees native range here anyways, I've only seen one and it was in somebody's yard and probably planted.

    I've jokingly considered tapping some the of the birches in the woods...
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    The only trees I know of tapped commercially for...

    The only trees I know of tapped commercially for syrup are maple and birch. Walnut and sycamores can be tapped too, but there is very little info on the net about doing it.
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    Massachusetts would summon me for Jury Duty right...

    Massachusetts would summon me for Jury Duty right in the middle of February. Hoping I'll be able to get out with some jury nullification talk.
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    From my experience ebay is no more expensive than...

    From my experience ebay is no more expensive than dealer websites.

    20 cast aluminum taps on ebay - 40 + 9 shipping
    20 on maple guys - 44 + 10
    20 on bascom - 56

    Granted on a dealer website you...
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    Not liking the weather pattern forecasts I'm...

    Not liking the weather pattern forecasts I'm seeing. Dip in the jet stream bringing us cold temps in February followed by a warmer than average March. Sounds like makings of a short season here. I...
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    Depending on how often you boil you may not want...

    Depending on how often you boil you may not want to throw the ice out, it helps keep the sap from spoiling.

    I'm storing my sap in an assortment of coolers, so at night what I plan to do is prop...
  19. Thread: Somers is in!!!

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    I'm holding off. It seems too early and the long...

    I'm holding off. It seems too early and the long term forecast has it getting well below sap temps for awhile.

    But 150 gallons from 29 taps? Isn't that already nearly half a seasons worth?
  20. Thread: tapping

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    That sugar level is encouraging for me. If I get...

    That sugar level is encouraging for me. If I get near that % I'll be plenty happy.
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    Nothing like straining moths out of sap.

    Nothing like straining moths out of sap.
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    I looked but I havnt found anything. The...

    I looked but I havnt found anything.

    The closest I think you might get is getting a Leader 5/16 hookless cast aluminum one and then seperately buying replacement hooks for the stainless steel...
  23. Thread: weather

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    Long term forecasts are certainly looking in my...

    Long term forecasts are certainly looking in my favor. While they aren't the most accurate Accuweather is forecast subfreezing high temps from after Christmas till mid January, below average for us....
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    Around here it looks like the weather is supposed...

    Around here it looks like the weather is supposed to take a colder, more seasonable turn right before Christmas, although sadly too late for a white Christmas.
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    New cinder block evaporator

    Just got back from building my arch at my grandfathers this year.

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/Tithis/P1030102.jpg

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/Tithis/P1030105.jpg
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