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    The fact that actual weather has been below...

    The fact that actual weather has been below forecasts is what i'm banking on to keep us going.
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    We're at 0.44 gal/tap in our Westford bush right...

    We're at 0.44 gal/tap in our Westford bush right now, not including what's in the rig. I think we just need to make another 3 barrels or so, plus cook out whatever is in the rig and we'll be at 0.5...
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    Though I understand that the economics is not a...

    Though I understand that the economics is not a primary consideration for you, I must comment that with the uncertainty in future bulk pricing, high cost of investment, and inevitably higher costs of...
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    We've made 900 gallons at our small bush where we...

    We've made 900 gallons at our small bush where we boil. We have about 2900 taps here, so roughly 2/3rds of the way to 0.5 gal per tap. That's not our average, I think we average somewhere more like...
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    Thanks for the info. Yes, I really like the idea...

    Thanks for the info. Yes, I really like the idea of having fewer boils that are longer. We spend almost as much time getting ready for and cleaning up from our boils as we actually do boiling.
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    Yesterday was biggest run of the year for us I...

    Yesterday was biggest run of the year for us I think. We have a new releaser in our 3k tap bush so it's hard to tell, but seemed like the hardest i've ever seen it run here. We've been pulling just...
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    Go ahead and trash the younger folks but holding...

    Go ahead and trash the younger folks but holding those kind of attitudes will limit your ability to see the reality around you. Some young people are doing not much, some old people are doing not...
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    Thanks for that info about 3/16 Dr. Tim. Will be...

    Thanks for that info about 3/16 Dr. Tim. Will be interested in results of ongoing work.
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    Thanks. I bet CVs will help with yield at least,...

    Thanks. I bet CVs will help with yield at least, maybe not with clogs. And using the slide hook fittings could be good if/when you replace lateral, instead of the hook connector. Good luck this...
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    What is your replacement frequency and cleaning...

    What is your replacement frequency and cleaning techniques with 3/16? I've heard that 3/16 is more prone to clogs and one must replace more to avoid reduced yields. I was real excited about it for a...
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    We finished tapping on January 29th. This week I...

    We finished tapping on January 29th. This week I think we got 2 gals of sap per tap between the two warm ups. Been able to spend a lot of time in the woods and get things tight. Haven't boiled yet,...
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    We have about 6500 taps in. A little less than...

    We have about 6500 taps in. A little less than halfway done. Been making good progress since we started on Dec 29 with little snow and good temperatures, though looks like that will change after...
  13. L&M I would be happy to answer some of your...

    L&M I would be happy to answer some of your questions over the phone. You can send me a private message if you're interested. I'm one semester away from graduating from the University of Vermont with...
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    Thanks Dr. Tim, I'll tell my dad about this...

    Thanks Dr. Tim, I'll tell my dad about this approach and hopefully our last boil will go smoother next year.
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    Dr. Tim, when you boil out the rig do you just...

    Dr. Tim, when you boil out the rig do you just start introducing water once the last of your concentrate is boiled out? And do you end up with the contents turning abruptly from syrup to water at the...
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    Just finished boiling out the rig and ended up...

    Just finished boiling out the rig and ended up with 0.53 gals per tap for our Westford production on our 3000 taps here. By far the best production these woods have ever seen. The last 40 gallons of...
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    Sap flowed way down but syrup quality still very...

    Sap flowed way down but syrup quality still very good. I think a third of a gallon per tap from our Jericho woods today and similar or less in Westford. Make some really good tasting stuff today. I...
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    Good luck Dave, hope all goes well.

    Good luck Dave, hope all goes well.
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    Our oldest tap holes are two days shy of 16 weeks...

    Our oldest tap holes are two days shy of 16 weeks old and most are still flowing well. All brand new tubing on this section. The 12,500 remaining holes between our two woods are still flowing well...
  20. http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc/Effects%20of%20RO%20on%20...

    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc/Effects%20of%20RO%20on%20syrup%20-%20van%20den%20Berg%202015.pdf

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    But taste is so subjective and we will convince ourselves something tastes different when we know...
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    Yeah I liked the article too Dr. Tim, very...

    Yeah I liked the article too Dr. Tim, very helpful and interesting. I've looked at it several times since and it makes me feel a little better about our production per tap. I feel that we do nearly...
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    What's your elevation? A few weeks ago I had...

    What's your elevation? A few weeks ago I had heard people at higher elevations, like above 1000', were not in great shape. Had just been too cold. Seems like a lot of people at lower elevations in...
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    Spud, that's what I like to hear. Never give up! ...

    Spud, that's what I like to hear. Never give up!

    We are at 0.45 gal per tap in our small bush and will hit 0.5 gal per tap by mid next week if we can keep going. I think we'll be able to, don't...
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    Cleaning your tanks frequently, at this time of...

    Cleaning your tanks frequently, at this time of year especially, would help. Stainless tanks may not be better for storing sap, per se, than poly tanks, but they are easier to clean. Making sure no...
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    I hope so!

    I hope so!
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