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    We did our last real boil on the 17th with 660gal...

    We did our last real boil on the 17th with 660gal of sap. Did the evap cleanup boil on the 20th. We made a total of 58 gal of syrup for the year. Had one of my runs (90 taps) setup for vacuum but...
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    I've been using mine for 9 years pumping 2000 to...

    I've been using mine for 9 years pumping 2000 to 3000 gal a year. Doesn't even use a full tank of gas a season. Yes, it is cold blooded. Have to use the choke every time even if you shut it off 5...
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    Made 9.5 gal of nice amber syrup today. Total for...

    Made 9.5 gal of nice amber syrup today. Total for the year is only 25.5 gal. Hope to get to at least last year's total of 60 gal. Have to look around fog pint jugs to put it in. Our local supplier...
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    The frost is just coming out of the ground up...

    The frost is just coming out of the ground up here making everything a sloppy mess. Have about 550 gal to take care of today. Not worried about the peepers yet. Most years we get a warm spell then it...
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    Had our 2nd boil of the year today. About 580 gal...

    Had our 2nd boil of the year today. About 580 gal of sap. Year total for syrup is 15 gal. Part way thru the boil one of our pan mount thermometers started acting funny so mid stream had to reverse...
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    Still waiting for sap to collect in my tanks....

    Still waiting for sap to collect in my tanks. Only boiled once so far. Got my buckets tapped on Sunday and the sap was barely flowing. Hopefully something will be in the tanks tomorrow.
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    Did our first boil yesterday. Had 500 gal of sap...

    Did our first boil yesterday. Had 500 gal of sap to cook. By the time I got the 2nd post added to the RO and did all the startup washes it wasn't worth it to process any of the sap. At least it's...
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    Didn't tap my place in Wantage. I put a nail in a...

    Didn't tap my place in Wantage. I put a nail in a small maple last weekend to hold up my main line and it is not weeping so I don't think the trees are running yet. Whole different world up there. I...
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    Still getting ready for the season. All...

    Still getting ready for the season. All collection tanks are cleaned and put in their spots. Adding a 2nd membrane on the RO this year. Will do this right before we use it. Still have to plumb the...
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    That was our first time running the RO. We did...

    That was our first time running the RO. We did talk about adding another membrane. Our normal amounts to process is about 500 gals but for this first run we had to wait until the tanks thawed out...
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    On my Micro1 I ran the pressure at 200 psi for...

    On my Micro1 I ran the pressure at 200 psi for the first hour to get enough in the head tank to start the evap. That turned 1.5 % sap into 4%. Then I put the pressure up to 210 psi to get 5%...
  12. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    Well the Micro1 turned 2 - 12 hour days into 1 of...

    Well the Micro1 turned 2 - 12 hour days into 1 of boiling. Was able to get the 1.5% sap up to 5%. The Leader 5 frame clear filter press made filtering the 12.5 gals of syrup effort less compared to...
  13. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    The trees are finally giving some sap. Taped my...

    The trees are finally giving some sap. Taped my trees on 2/28 and on 3/7 only had about 300 gal in the tanks. Half of that was ice so really didn't have enough to sweeten the pans. Collected 800 gals...
  14. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    Collection tanks in place. Will start tapping on...

    Collection tanks in place. Will start tapping on Tuesday. Ground under the snow is thawed so it should run good. A later start than the last few years. By this time last year I all ready made more...
  15. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    The temps this week look good but I'm wondering...

    The temps this week look good but I'm wondering if the ground is too frozen to give us sap. Cleaned my collection tanks this week and will put them in place this weekend. Still have to clean the...
  16. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    Got the new RO room powered. Need to run the air...

    Got the new RO room powered. Need to run the air line into the sugar house. Need to re-arrange the sugar house for the filter press. Just got all the hose and tank fittings from ProFlow. Had to...
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    The press seems to be the easier of the new...

    The press seems to be the easier of the new equipment to run. Plan to heat the syrup in a ss turkey fryer to 200 f. Will mix in 2/3 cup of DE for the first gal, then 1/3 for each additional gal of...
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    My first year with a press too. Between that and...

    My first year with a press too. Between that and the new RO I will have a lot of learning ahead of me
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    Filter press as a syrup pan cleaner?

    At the end of the day you are suppose to run sweet thru the press to clean the syrup out of it. Could I use it as a Syrup pan cleaner? After we finished bottling for the day and while the evap is...
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    The strangest thing I am finding is that Leader...

    The strangest thing I am finding is that Leader or Bascom are about 1/2 the price of any other source that I am finding. I guess I will get it from my Leader dealer. The press is suppose to come with...
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    I just checked them out. The largest they have is...

    I just checked them out. The largest they have is 3/4" ID. The press has 1" input and output ports.
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    Filter press tubing sources?

    Just picked up a Leader 5 plate clear filter press. Where is everyone getting their suction and discharge hoses from? USPlastics sizes are all to small. The press takes 1"

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  23. Thread: Tapping 2021

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    I just finished running a bunch of new lines and...

    I just finished running a bunch of new lines and fixing old ones. The sugar maple that I cut down last Sunday was running a little bit.Will probably wait another month to tap. Have to get the sugar...
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    Sap was running today. Brought back 440 gals....

    Sap was running today. Brought back 440 gals. Will get to it tomorrow. Temps for the next week do not look good. Might be the end of the season.
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    Just finished a 2 day boil of 1000 gals of sap....

    Just finished a 2 day boil of 1000 gals of sap. Made over 16.5 gals of dark syrup. The niter was a pain to filter but it always is this time of year. The temps look good for this weekend but after...
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