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    Hey, anybody who wants to stop by and sample some...

    Hey, anybody who wants to stop by and sample some 2019 sugar maple syrup and some red maple syrup of the same grade, 68% light transmittance, and the same density, let me know.

    And I will add I go...
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    Tally Ho

    Looks like .19 gpt of syrup on one of my lightest seasonal sap flows. No sustained runs and nights and mornings just a little too cold. Sugar, grade and flavor above average with 85% of the syrup...
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    .3% sugar would be 35 gal of syrup per 10,000 gal...

    .3% sugar would be 35 gal of syrup per 10,000 gal of sap?
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    I switched from recirculation to two pass a...

    I switched from recirculation to two pass a couple of years ago. Enormous increase in RO efficiency. First pass 2:1 permeate/concentrate; second pass 1:1. H20 calls for rinse and wash after every 3...
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    23F this morning so there should be some sap...

    23F this morning so there should be some sap today. Decided to leave yesterday's right in the field tanks. Tonight's low is 33F and warm air rises this time of year so its always a little warmer than...
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    Still nice sap. Sugar staying at 2.3% but grade...

    Still nice sap. Sugar staying at 2.3% but grade dropped to 52. Just went over 125 gal so probably won't hit average this year. Planning on pulling the taps after Friday nights freeze as I don't think...
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    Update

    Sugar 2.3%; Grade 54%; volumes inching toward average season.
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    In this market a small producer will lose money...

    In this market a small producer will lose money if they don't size their operation to their retail market. The only thing that can beat the Canadians in the current bulk market environment is bravo....
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    Check Your Porridge and Defoamer

    23F this morning. Definitely in the Goldilocks period. Cold and windy and was only flowing slowly yesterday and a little murky but should have enough this morning to restart. Everything clean and...
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    Waiting and Washing

    Got my 82 yo neighbor to help tilt the tanks and pump them dry. One still had too much ice to move. Everything still above 2.5%. Raw boiled 30 gal and the other 30 gal today to keep the bacteria in...
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    I agree with Russ. It is much more important to...

    I agree with Russ. It is much more important to hone your techniques than try to improve quality with upscale equipment. A direct heat canner can bruise the syrup right over the heat source when...
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    Under the Hood

    Grade dropped to 57% and the sap flow was only .8 gpt and it was perfect weather above ground! With things warming up a bit I took the time to use a Jim Fadden trick. Crawl inside your evaporator...
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    Midseason

    Sap flows increasing with sugar dropping to 2.5%. Grade dropped to 60% with the boil showing signs of mid season, had to reverse a couple of times. Frost is holding firm. Speaking of mid season, this...
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    Slow Cruise

    Think I can hit my 15 year average on saps flows sometime next week and perhaps sooner on syrup with the high sugar this year. Grades are staying steady in the upper 60's. But so far real finicky...
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    Cold Nights Warm Days

    Sunday was a gpt of 2.6 but just a tinge cloudy from the 50F. Going to grade this morning after I collect but I could see it dropped some coming off. Frost is going to start coming out of the ground...
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    And Away We Go

    Didn't boil this weekend, made sugar on snow instead, so have a super clean system, good gradient and a TON of beautiful sap. Red Roof, I'm at 58 gal plus a concentrate spill. (Investigation...
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    And The Beat Goes On

    Well, Red Roof, believe it or not, being 7:30 AM it took me a couple of seconds to gather my thoughts. Meanwhile, to the F-C's credit, his training quickly deduced that while the clear, odorous...
  18. ...Mozart!

    ...Mozart!
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    Same Old Same Old

    Gorgeous Sap. Sweet and easy to handle. Grade up to 70%. And another first. Pumping parked on the side of the road when suddenly pickup and pump trailer is efficiently pinned in by the Fire Chief's...
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    These guys have the best 3/16 saddles
    https://www.dsdstars.com/en_catalogue.php
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    Nice

    Oh my goodness, over a gpt of 2.7% which two passed to 12% and boiled smoothly with the grade shooting up 30 points. Canner heating element crapped but was a surprisingly easy fix. Pump line cracked...
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    Roll Out the Barrel!

    Long heavy flow yesterday. Into the evening. Won't know the stats until I pump this AM. Tuesday's .5 gpt+ sap averaged 2.7% with two orchards over 3.5%. Bottle cappers grim and turning over.
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    Same Old

    Same weather pattern and another .5 gpt. A lot of ice in the tanks. Ground completely frozen. So far I've been able to bottle 12's as fast as the system produces syrup, but, doubt I have the stamina...
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    Half Speed

    Getting about .5 gpt in the afternoons. Air temps moving very quickly between the nice sun and the snow/ice pack but trees are primed and pushing hard. No problem keeping the concentrate cool after...
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    Appointed Rounds

    Walked all the lines Sunday morning. Found almost 10% of the taps out of service, fallen limbs mostly. One 25 tap 3/16 line was severed by a bear, cut it and then bit off a 3' section and played with...
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