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    First Syrup into Jars Today

    I canned my first run today. 9 pints with a little extra for my kitchen. A very light amber color. I've always been fond of the early syrup. Gotta try it out on some pancakes tomorrow. I collected...
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    Tapped Monongalia Today

    I put in 72 taps today. Every hole I drilled was flowing immediately. The next couple of weeks is forecast to be warm. Too warm. My season has begun. :) I will be phasing in more sections in the next...
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    I added about 80 taps yesterday and today. Real...

    I added about 80 taps yesterday and today. Real good flow this afternoon. Every hole i drilled was dripping immediately. Hope it runs through tonight. I've got some sap in "RO" now. Cooking soon....
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    Had a good run last Tuesday when it got above 50...

    Had a good run last Tuesday when it got above 50 degrees. Mostly been waiting. Produced a gallon of very good syrup early in the month. I have about 50 trees tapped. I have a couple gallons in...
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    Tapped Monongalia 2019

    Only a crazy person would tap this early. Right?
    I looked at 10 day forecast . I see every day above freezing with some promise of sunshine.

    I tapped one small section today. 14 taps. I had good...
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    I had good flow for 3 days. Added a few trees...

    I had good flow for 3 days. Added a few trees each day at lunch hour.
    Saving half for the future. Maybe 2 more weeks.
    All done for now. It was a good opportunity to test new vacuum pump and...
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    Tapped in Monongalia County

    I tapped one small section this afternoon.
    I will be adding more this week when I have time.
    Nothing flowing today, I'm hoping to see some sap tomorrow when it gets above freezing.
    I bought an...
  8. Started Tapping on 1/7 and 1/8 Monongalia County

    Good flow today. Adding more trees at lunchtime. Sunshine. 44 degrees. Yay! Hope to fire evaporator this weekend. My Bender Releaser and Harbor Freight vacuum pump are working. Need some tweaks but...
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    Time For a Tapping 2017 Thread?

    I don't know about you but I am looking forward to tapping in 2017.
    I've been studying long range forecasts.
    I'm in Monongalia County.
    Thinking about tapping January 7 or 14.
    Earlier than...
  10. Setting Up My Bender Releaser - Missing Piece

    Greetings,
    I just pulled my old Bender Releaser out of the box. Releaser is all there. But.
    There was a jar with a floating ball in it that went in the vacuum line and made sure that no sap would...
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    RO working fine. I'm getting the hang of it. %...

    RO working fine. I'm getting the hang of it. % up to around 7.
    Thank you Matttuck Madness for the plans.
    Fired evaporator yesterday for first run.
    Excellent.
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    Just fired up new RO. Got my pressure up to 120....

    Just fired up new RO. Got my pressure up to 120.
    Getting 2% sap. After RO I'm seeing 4%.
    Thought I might do a little better.

    Question: I know I will need to clean with hydrogen peroxide...
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    Dumb question? This is my first time using quick...

    Dumb question?
    This is my first time using quick connects with 1/4 tubing.
    How the heck to you get them to disconnect without destroying them?
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    Built a system from hodorskib plans. Just ran my...

    Built a system from hodorskib plans. Just ran my first test with some sugar water. Can't wait to try it out on some real sap. I turned up set screw on pump (Aquatec 8800). Can't get it above 103...
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    I can't take it. It was 45 and sunny at noon. I...

    I can't take it. It was 45 and sunny at noon. I tapped 6 trees on my lunch hour. Sap is flowing. Will tap more in the next couple of days. Forecast doesn't look great.
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    That is 47 trees, but close to 80 taps. There are...

    That is 47 trees, but close to 80 taps. There are some really big old Sugar Maples here.
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    Leader Half Pint

    Leader Half Pint
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    All Dark Syrup Last Year

    Question. Anybody have an idea why all my syrup was dark last year? I've been making syrup for 18 years. Never saw a year like that. Of course it was extremely cold and I made syrup later than ever...
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    I'm thinking of waiting till Second Saturday in...

    I'm thinking of waiting till Second Saturday in February. I started too early last year. But last year was a freak. Latest that I ever made syrup on 18 years. I'm in Northern WV now. Moved last...
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    Fantastic Day

    January 29th
    I've only got 35 taps in so far but what a day. Sap is flowing like crazy. I've been cooking since noon.
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    I'm tapping next weekend.

    I am going to tap on January 27. Been doing the last weekend of January for several years.
    I'm going to put in about 75 taps.
    This year I put in an 800 ft mainline on high tensile.
    No more...
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