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    Thank you all. Good advice. Kind of late now to...

    Thank you all. Good advice. Kind of late now to drill them out but I will remember that for next season-----
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    Thanks Dave. I'll lighten up on the tapping...

    Thanks Dave. I'll lighten up on the tapping mallet next season
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    Broken taps

    Last season I changed from metal 7/16 taps to plastic 5/16 to cause less trauma to the trees. I used these with buckets. Worked great until it came time to pull the taps and some of them were stuck...
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    I pulled the taps on Sunday. The sap was still...

    I pulled the taps on Sunday. The sap was still clear and 2.8%. We sure started slow but had a great last 2 weeks. 900 gallons of sap less than last year, but higher brix and better yield. Hardly any...
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    Friday was our best run yet. 175 gallons at 3.2%....

    Friday was our best run yet. 175 gallons at 3.2%. Still clear sap boiling down to a light Amber Rich. Things are looking up. We wonít have the yield of 2018 but good quality syrup.
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    We hope. Tuesday was a good run but not much...

    We hope. Tuesday was a good run but not much since. Tomorrow should be good if the wind dies down and my buckets have not blown away. Iíve got orders to fill
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    I have used plastic jugs of ice in the past to...

    I have used plastic jugs of ice in the past to avoid spoilage. Use a rope tether to pull them out later
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    Best run of the season today. 150 gallons at 3.4...

    Best run of the season today. 150 gallons at 3.4 brix. Open house on Sunday
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    Itís finally started here In Oxford. Collected 85 gallons the past 2 days. Not huge but the trees are waking up. Sugar concentration should be high as I threw out a lot of ice. Iíll do the first boil...
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    Iíve been placing my buckets out for drop lines. Plan is to tap this weekend
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    Nice work. That should work well. I joined a...

    Nice work. That should work well. I joined a solar farm this past year and hope to be carbon free this season
  12. Never soap. Boil with dilute vinegar/water...

    Never soap. Boil with dilute vinegar/water solution, let it set for awhile and a thorough rinse with water
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    Here's to a healthy and productive 2019. Good...

    Here's to a healthy and productive 2019. Good luck to all
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    Thanks Dave. Iíll hang on to the barrel. Iím looking forward to the next batch of barrel aged syrup. It takes some planning with getting the barrels and having enough syrup to ageóó
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    I use a Honda gas powered pump too. Very...

    I use a Honda gas powered pump too. Very reliable. Make sure your flush it out with water after using
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    DaveóóI bottled our first batch of bourbon barrel aged syrup this past weekend. After 3 months of aging in the 5 gallon barrel it came out with a mellow, not overpowering bourbon flavor. Very good....
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    Looks good. Do you plan to put in a hood or just...

    Looks good. Do you plan to put in a hood or just use the cupola for venting?
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    Nice digs. You're doin' it right

    Nice digs. You're doin' it right
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    Here are my 2 cents on hanging buckets vs drop...

    Here are my 2 cents on hanging buckets vs drop lines:
    I use spouts and buckets for about 1/3 of my taps. 2/3 of my taps are on 5/16" plastic spouts and drop lines to 5 gallon pails. The drop lines...
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    Interesting. Did it stink up the place?

    Interesting. Did it stink up the place?
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    Great looking sugar shack!

    Great looking sugar shack!
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    Good luck with the expansion. Put that sugar home...

    Good luck with the expansion. Put that sugar home to work
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    I hadn't thought about the cupola doors bringing...

    I hadn't thought about the cupola doors bringing in rain water before. That's a good piece of advice. I have stay chains and I will put a hook in that will limit their opening more if it's raining....
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    Thanks to all for the insights. I will be...

    Thanks to all for the insights. I will be reducing the flow from 4 gph this season. Hopefully this will cut down on the noise as well. I an getting a new sugar pan this season and I will try to fit a...
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    Good information. Thanks-------

    Good information. Thanks-------
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