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  1. Thread: 2018 Season

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    tapped and running

    Hi all. Little late to the party this year.

    I got everything tapped last weekend in time for last Thursdays run. So far things are going well. Squirrels won't leave the tubing alone so I try...
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    logging and a sugar bush

    Out of curiosity, has anyone had their timber harvested with an active sugar bush?

    How did the loggers and you handle your tubing, wire etc?

    Anything you wish you had done or done differently?...
  3. Thread: 2017 season

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    I know its only mid February but I just don't see...

    I know its only mid February but I just don't see this coming back. Weather says it will freeze on Friday and Saturday night next week but then temps run right back up again. It will take more than...
  4. Thread: 2017 season

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    Well looks the this season is over. Sap quit...

    Well looks the this season is over. Sap quit running yesterday. I'm going to drain the back pan and finish it off on the fryer. Not sure my total production but it will be less than half what we...
  5. Thread: 2017 season

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    I finished tapping yesterday morning. Collected...

    I finished tapping yesterday morning. Collected over 200 gals by evening. Getting ready to fire up the cooker now. Looking forward to this week's run.
    Taper. Hope you do well up there. ...
  6. Thread: 2017 season

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    2017 season

    hey all. hope you had a good year. trying to get the lines and equipment is shape for the coming season. Put a real roof on the sugar shack this fall so no more leaks. My kid wanted to paint the...
  7. Thread: Maple Mead

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    Two of my brothers have made different beverages...

    Two of my brothers have made different beverages from my syrup/sap. The mead has aged quite well from 2013!

    I sold a couple of gallons of syrup to a spirit maker to make vodka out of it but never...
  8. Thread: Tapping

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    We had a huge weekend as well for the sap run. ...

    We had a huge weekend as well for the sap run. about 900 gals total. Collected some yesterday as well but things pretty well dried up again. Got the rest of the week off now so I am hoping for a...
  9. Thread: Tapping

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    Its been a slow week for sure but the sun came...

    Its been a slow week for sure but the sun came out this afternoon and got things flowing again. Looks like tomorrow will be a good day for a change. Mounder, glad to see you are back. Hope all is...
  10. Thread: Tapping

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    I finished tapping everything last Sunday/Monday....

    I finished tapping everything last Sunday/Monday. Boiled almost 700 gals of sap off the last two days. Getting ready to check if it ran overnight. With this weather, it was slowing down. We need...
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    I have normally done this on my own. Remove all...

    I have normally done this on my own. Remove all but one of the coil ties that are holding the coil of main line together. attach the free end of the mainline to your mail line tensioner. then, you...
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    Managed to get up(rebuild) all my lines this past...

    Managed to get up(rebuild) all my lines this past weekend and got a couple of them tapped on Sunday. Planning to tap the rest this weekend for next weeks thaw. Dogwatch, I lost three lines to...
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    WI Sugarpop I've been putting up and taking...

    WI Sugarpop

    I've been putting up and taking down tubing for many years on my neighbors property. I use the plastic hose reels you can buy at the local hardware store/big box store. Once you have...
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    Fleman202 Glad you found us. All. ...

    Fleman202

    Glad you found us.

    All. Starting to get my head into the game for the coming season. Unfortunately, the tractor won't start today, just too darn cold I guess. Been clearing lines...
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    Chris: Should be Ok for several days to a week,...

    Chris:
    Should be Ok for several days to a week, But as the weather warms I would not go much more than that. You can push it out with water to get it made into syrup.
    Your doing good! Have fun.

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    Mounder. I didn't know Kyle was working on a...

    Mounder.

    I didn't know Kyle was working on a masters dealing with maple until we were talking yesterday at a track meet. If I had known, I would have had him working all this spring!
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    I would second that notion (motion).

    I would second that notion (motion).
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    Took the last of the sap on Monday. Finally got...

    Took the last of the sap on Monday. Finally got the sweet cooked down and finished bottling today. Ended up with 36 gals bottled this year. Not my best year, was hoping for 100.

    Treetapper,...
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    Thank you for your response, Dr. Tim. I do not...

    Thank you for your response, Dr. Tim.

    I do not run vacuum, but would using CV's (spouts or adapters) by called for on 3/16th inch tubing since it is under vacuum but not necessarily subject to the...
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    I'm not sure how to ask this so here goes. It...

    I'm not sure how to ask this so here goes.

    It is recommended to change out our taps each year. Based on other studies, a good rule of thumb would be to change out our drops every two years.
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    Collected 110 gals yesterday and cooked it down...

    Collected 110 gals yesterday and cooked it down last night. Finished out another 4.5 gals of syrup this morning and got it bottled off.

    Froze last night and just starting to run now. 37 F now...
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    I pulled a 100 gals of sap tonight. Sugar...

    I pulled a 100 gals of sap tonight. Sugar content is finally above 2. Finished off about 6 more gals of syrup from a batch the other day. Thunderstorms moving thru now. Hope we have a good run...
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    New front pan

    I am going to have a new front pan built for the next season because I have managed to burn my pan twice because sometimes I am just a bonehead and forget to open the valve. I have a 2 X 6 set up...
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    So. is it best to add the defamer in the sap pan...

    So. is it best to add the defamer in the sap pan where the sap enters the pan (float box) or the outlet of the sap pan to the syrup pan? If the defoamer it is attracting the sugar, it would make...
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    Cooked up 90 gals yesterday and 120 gals From a...

    Cooked up 90 gals yesterday and 120 gals From a run on Thursday. Will check tanks again this morning to see what, if any, ran overnight. The full sun yesterday helped but I only registered 35 F...
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