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    Once again, hard to escape the laws of...

    Once again, hard to escape the laws of physics...no matter how much we may try.
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    Times change, food safety regulations change,...

    Times change, food safety regulations change, public perception changes. Practices need to change too.
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    There is almost never a good reason to vent maple...

    There is almost never a good reason to vent maple tubing. 1) You will lose any natural vacuum that might develop. 2) Venting pulls in air which contain microbes, which leads to faster taphole...
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    You could take down the lines that are in the...

    You could take down the lines that are in the yard, but leave the lines in the woods up. The grey lateral line barely shows up.




    Surprisingly they don't. Deer and bear will go around or...
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    Raining1....you might note that this thread is...

    Raining1....you might note that this thread is originally from about 7.5 yrs ago. You might have better luck on these old threads (topics) by starting a new thread specific to your particular...
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    Blackflies are plentiful in Vermont. The vast...

    Blackflies are plentiful in Vermont. The vast majority of tubing systems are NOT removed each year -- they remain in place. Some smaller operations may remove lines, or take down portions that...
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    If you're just using gravity flow (not pumped...

    If you're just using gravity flow (not pumped vacuum), then you can have up to about 20 trees on each lateral line (5/16"), although no more than 10 might do a little better. You want to have single...
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    Gylcerin-filled (also called "vibration...

    Gylcerin-filled (also called "vibration resistant") gauges work well for those applications.
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    Yes...cancelled. Not sure yet if they'll do...

    Yes...cancelled. Not sure yet if they'll do anything virtual.

    NAMSC in October 2022 will be in Wisconsin.
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    It's far easier to put up lines 1) after leaves...

    It's far easier to put up lines 1) after leaves have fallen and 2) when there isn't much snow on the ground.

    Don't wrap the line around trees, just support it by zig-zagging around them (and...
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    I've not heard a lot about squirrels favoring one...

    I've not heard a lot about squirrels favoring one color over another. Seems like they get used to what is there and chew on it. Maybe they're just unsure about the new color temporarily and will...
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    First, I'd note that he is doing several things...

    First, I'd note that he is doing several things correctly, and looking at the other videos, the system overall looks well installed and maintained. Given that, I'd say that there are a couple of...
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    It is extremely hard to kill a tree by...

    It is extremely hard to kill a tree by overtapping. That said, what will happen if trees are overtapped for a period of time is a reduction in the amount of viable wood in the tapping zone,...
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    The results of this 3-yr study, including photos...

    The results of this 3-yr study, including photos and text, will be published in an upcoming Maple Syrup Digest, most likely the October 2021 edition. Feel free to return to this thread after that...
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    It's going to be an interesting winter...with...

    It's going to be an interesting winter...with lots of people watching syrup production in spring 2022 quite closely.
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    And that is pretty much the way these were...

    And that is pretty much the way these were designed to be used. To maintain high sap production you need to reduce microbial populations in the collection system. Spouts are the most important...
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    You are quite right. Lots of projects don't work...

    You are quite right. Lots of projects don't work out, but we always learn something. Science rarely comes up with a definitive answer right away. Generally it starts with something fairly broad,...
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    No, we don't see it that way at all. Any work...

    No, we don't see it that way at all. Any work results in certain "inferences" you can draw, which to some degree limit the applicability of the results to certain conditions. That said, it is...
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    This is definitely a side topic, so everyone...

    This is definitely a side topic, so everyone should feel free to ignore it if you wish, but since you brought it up...

    That's great results....no doubt the stock market has been on a tear for a...
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    I would STRONGLY advise against using Lysol or...

    I would STRONGLY advise against using Lysol or any other non-approved sanitizer.
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    Doubtful. $12,000 is 0.000009% of his net worth...

    Doubtful. $12,000 is 0.000009% of his net worth --- pocket change.
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    Interestingly, a good deal of maple research USED...

    Interestingly, a good deal of maple research USED to be done by the U.S. Forest Service out of the "Philadelphia Lab." Wonder how people felt about that? It is certainly a valid point. Most people...
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    Various practices we collectively refer to as...

    Various practices we collectively refer to as "taphole rejuvenation" have been done since people started chiseling or chopping gashes in maple trees to collect sap -- bumping is not new, but the term...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z35z6oZDz4A&list=P...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z35z6oZDz4A&list=PLZP4fDl-nB9-4aZkQyDR070QpxcAr02q5&index=4&t=4s

    https://mapleresearch.org/pub/1019sanitation-2/

    Lots of other papers on the second link as well.
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    Yes. Alternatively you could soak it in the sap...

    Yes. Alternatively you could soak it in the sap tank. You don't need to do it real long. It also helps to presoak the filter before using for syrup as it wets it and gets it hot. We don't use...
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