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    Pulled my taps out last night. Out of 14 taps I...

    Pulled my taps out last night. Out of 14 taps I only had about a cup of sap.

    2 gallons the first season, Iím happy

    Good luck to those still tapping well!
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    I got about a gallon of sap today. If tomorrow...

    I got about a gallon of sap today. If tomorrow isnít any better I will pull mine as well. I am very happy with my year one results
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    Since the 3+ gallons I got on Wednesday I have...

    Since the 3+ gallons I got on Wednesday I have had next to no sap since. I thought maybe this morning I would have some but no dice. I will see how the next two days go and if it doesn't get better...
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    Great catch! I was thinking that might be the...

    Great catch! I was thinking that might be the case. About 4 are not producing at all. Should I pull the taps out of them right away? That is something I don’t know, how to know when to pull the...
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    I have been tapped for four weeks now. I had...

    I have been tapped for four weeks now. I had virtually no sap yesterday.

    How well have others in SE PA done the last two days?
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    So was today just a bad day or is it over for me...

    So was today just a bad day or is it over for me this year? My 14 trees produced about 2 gallons of sap today and most of that was from 2 trees.
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    Lol... I am thinking about building a barrel...

    Lol... I am thinking about building a barrel similar to yours with a bought pan for next year. Never welded before so buying the pan will be how I have to go.
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    Sugar maker... nice operation!!! The FFAsetup...

    Sugar maker... nice operation!!!

    The FFAsetup isnít bad either
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    Very true our dogs are like family members. Try...

    Very true our dogs are like family members. Try to concentrate on all of the good memories

    Just finished boiling, and it was a quick boil. Ended with a dismal 1.5 pints. That takes me to 2...
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    Started to thaw today, got about 3 gallons of...

    Started to thaw today, got about 3 gallons of sap. Hopefully tomorrow is good. So far I only have about 3 gallons of concentrate for the week. This was the least amount of sap I have gathered in a...
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    Thank you all! I followed this process for...

    Thank you all! I followed this process for yesterdayís 3 pints
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    Wasnít expecting much this morning when I went to empty my buckets. I was wrong, they were dripping pretty good. So now I am running that through the RO while the other 5 gallons of concentrate is...
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    My process was... Boil and get to 219, run...

    My process was...

    Boil and get to 219, run through cone filter right away in to the jars, as soon as a jar is full I put the lid on. A few minutes later they pop closed.

    I think that sounds...
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    Novice canning question

    So to this point I have been putting my syrup in mason jars. The first few went in to the fridge without much thought. The last four I rinsed in very hot tap water, dried, then used new lids to make...
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    So after next to nothing yesterday I got about 8...

    So after next to nothing yesterday I got about 8 gallons of sap today. RO down to 2 gallons of almost 8%. It has been a slow week. Hopefully more tomorrow and Saturday for a good amount to boil down...
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    Today was a high for me, 4.5 pints. That is up...

    Today was a high for me, 4.5 pints. That is up from 3 each of the last two weeks and 1 the first week. So my season total is at 11.5 pints. That is higher then my goal of a gallon and it looks like...
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    Thanks Chris!! It was a good day for sap. I...

    Thanks Chris!!

    It was a good day for sap. I had about 15 gallons from the last two days. Ended up with a little more than 3 gallons of 7% after RO
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    No sir, never done this before

    No sir, never done this before
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    It was like sand. It threw me off since there was...

    It was like sand. It threw me off since there was almost none the other time I did it
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    I went a little too far today. The filters...

    I went a little too far today. The filters probably had a half a pint of sugar in them. I believe that means I was at 219 too long.
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    Boiled off another 3 pints today. So that makes 6...

    Boiled off another 3 pints today. So that makes 6 so far.

    Nothing like others do but it is cool for me.
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    Sounds like if it runs for a full week I will...

    Sounds like if it runs for a full week I will need to do a mid week boil. I donít have a ton of fridge space to store all of that sap which is why I have been concentrating every evening.
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    I picked up another 8+ gallons of sap today. That...

    I picked up another 8+ gallons of sap today. That is up 2 gallons from yesterday. So a little more than a half gallon per tree. If you guys are saying it is slow now what is normal???
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    Sap started running again at my place. Nothing...

    Sap started running again at my place. Nothing yesterday but 7 gallons today. My sap hydrometer arrived yesterday so I tested my sap. It tested out a 2.25. I am now running it through the RO and will...
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    Today I boiled off my RO concentrate. Everything...

    Today I boiled off my RO concentrate. Everything went well. I ended up with 3 pints of syrup.

    If I am doing the math right.... I started with 24 gallons of sap, down to 6 gallons of concentrate,...
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