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    Sounds outstanding to me! Id say we are done down...

    Sounds outstanding to me! Id say we are done down here. 130 gal is solid man!
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    Good info! Im gonna try it if given the...

    Good info! Im gonna try it if given the opportunity!
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    How's it going guys? Slow here , Ive collected...

    How's it going guys? Slow here , Ive collected about 15 gallons.
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    Yea , You posted exactly what Im thinking. I...

    Yea , You posted exactly what Im thinking. I didn't tap everything last week and Im now regretting it. This is going to be my least productive season to date (now , that's not saying much since my...
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    Buckeye , The few drop lines that I did (pretty...

    Buckeye , The few drop lines that I did (pretty much two trees to a t to a bucket) out produced the others. You are correct. Once the flow peaked , the drops straight to buckets did produce but not...
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    As always , thanks for the input and knowledge. I...

    As always , thanks for the input and knowledge. I usually clean out the tap holes with a twig. The weather has been pretty perfect really , highs in upper 40's. ,lows in 20's. I suppose I should have...
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    Trying 3/16. Wont flow?

    Hey guys , I switched from 5/16 to 3/16 this season. We have had some favorable weather the last few days so I tapped 10 trees earlier in the week. Im running tap down to buckets on the ground with...
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    4 days next week are looking good here. I suppose...

    4 days next week are looking good here. I suppose its going to be a little colder up there. Im looking at tapping tomorrow or Monday.
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    Im thinking the same thing. Might tap a few test...

    Im thinking the same thing. Might tap a few test trees. Gonna hold out for the possibility of colder weather in early Feb but its certainly a risk these days.
  10. Thread: Bourbon syrup

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    I have done a hobbyist level bourbon barrel ish...

    I have done a hobbyist level bourbon barrel ish syrup. I take 4-5 3'' long by 1/2'' thick pieces of oak. Toast them in the oven. Soak those in bourbon for a month, take them out , hot pack syrup on...
  11. Thread: 2019 Tapping

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    Trees are budded out here.

    Trees are budded out here.
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    Needing to upgrade your evaporator is a good...

    Needing to upgrade your evaporator is a good problem to have. I build a wood fired when I made the jump from a turkey fryer set up. I find if I point my air inlet towards the wind it gets hotter...
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    Very cool! I have been to bland! Thats awesome....

    Very cool! I have been to bland! Thats awesome. 60 here today and no flow. May get some later next week with temps in the mid 20's at night. If I can find some trees that aren't budded out yet , Im...
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    Id say you are between 1.5% and 1.8 on your sugar...

    Id say you are between 1.5% and 1.8 on your sugar content if I were to guess. 60 here today. No flow needless to say. Got some days coming later next week below freezing but the trees are budding. If...
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    All over but the crying down here. As you can...

    All over but the crying down here. As you can imagine , we've been really warm too. Im nowhere near your size of operation but did end up averaging slightly over 2 gallons per tap per day. May get a...
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    Anything over 2 gal per tap per day is really...

    Anything over 2 gal per tap per day is really good. Enjoy the process and the magic moment when it goes from clear to brown and when the bubbles start to crackle when they break! I ended up...
  17. Thread: tapping 2019

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    Wow , you have done well!. I used to live in the...

    Wow , you have done well!. I used to live in the Bristol area. That was before I got into tapping maples. Where bouts in SWVA?
  18. Thread: tapping 2019

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    Yea , I might have pulled my taps a little early...

    Yea , I might have pulled my taps a little early but it was really slowing down . Probably should have stuck with it another day or two but I was headed out of town and it was getting up into the...
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    All done down here. Made about a gallon on 16...

    All done down here. Made about a gallon on 16 taps. It got warm and has stayed warm for the last couple weeks. Trees will be budded out soon. Hate the short ones! Hope you guys get another good run...
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    I believe she's about over down here. Sounds like...

    I believe she's about over down here. Sounds like your doing good Tater. Been too warm on us.
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    I believe Im done down here but really envious of...

    I believe Im done down here but really envious of you guys who are just getting going good up there. I ended up with about a gallon on my homemade arch and tube to buckets system. If anybody has any...
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    I believe its all over but the crying down here....

    I believe its all over but the crying down here. Warm temps and a 3 day trip out of town for work has likely ended my season. Hope you guys get a big flow at the end!
  23. Thread: 2019 Tapping

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    I believe the fat lady has sang down here. Im...

    I believe the fat lady has sang down here. Im afraid by the time we another cold snap the maples will be budded out. How bout up there?
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    How many days from tip till final collection?...

    How many days from tip till final collection? That should produce a good quart and a little more! Welcome!
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    I didn't measure it but , mine seems to be pretty...

    I didn't measure it but , mine seems to be pretty good or at least the amount of finished syrup exceeded my expectations.
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