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    Sap seemed to run decent today after a short...

    Sap seemed to run decent today after a short freeze up. Seems to be about over in Lewiston so we moved our Shurflo from there up to Sumner to finish out the season. Should get a few more weeks up...
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    We are right about 50% of what we "hope" to make....

    We are right about 50% of what we "hope" to make. Just shy of 30 gallons right now. The sap in Lewiston dropped to 1.5% last week. We didnt test the Sumner sap but I'm guessing its in the 2%...
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    Cooked up our first batch this weekend. Pulled...

    Cooked up our first batch this weekend. Pulled in just under 1000 gallons of sap in the past week and bottled up 15 gallons. Sap was running well this afternoon when we left the sugar house. ...
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    Regardless of flow, I leave my recirculation line...

    Regardless of flow, I leave my recirculation line cracked all the time. When I say cracked I mean it, just enough to say its open. It seems to regulate the flow, keeps the gauge from fluttering and...
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    Only got to 32 for a short time this morning in...

    Only got to 32 for a short time this morning in Lewiston. Even with the Shurflo running its a slow drip. Hoping for a good freeze tonight so we can get back in business.
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    I'm surprised you haven't gotten anything. I...

    I'm surprised you haven't gotten anything. I never would have expected to get anything today as it hasn't dropped down below 36 in a few days but I flipped on the vacuum pump this afternoon and sap...
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    Ive got 80 taps on 5/16 hooked to a Shurflo pump...

    Ive got 80 taps on 5/16 hooked to a Shurflo pump with no issues. It pulls sap on days you would never expect it to. Any vacuum is better than no vacuum!
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    What kind of system are you looking to set up? I...

    What kind of system are you looking to set up? I built one Solar Shurflo pump system for this season and will be building another this week. For the small home producer this works quite well. Id...
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    Buttoned up a few items at the sugarhouse this...

    Buttoned up a few items at the sugarhouse this morning. Checked the 3/16 lines around noon and they were flowing, not hard but sap was moving. We had a issue with the new snow on top of our tanks...
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    If the temps hold for next week, it looks like it...

    If the temps hold for next week, it looks like it could be the beginning of consistent runs. Probably take part of Saturday to get things thawed but after that, we could be on track for a good sap...
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    Yes we have 100 test taps in Lewiston where we...

    Yes we have 100 test taps in Lewiston where we live and 300 taps in Sumner where our sugar house is. All went in this weekend. Had a decent run yesterday while I was getting my Shurflo system...
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    We are tapping in Lewiston today and Sumner...

    We are tapping in Lewiston today and Sumner tomorrow. Might not collect much sap this week but if we have enough to sweeten the pans next weekend I'll be happy with that. Also hoping to do some...
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    How have you made out with your early tapping? ...

    How have you made out with your early tapping? Seems like there would have been some good runs in the past weeks.
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    It's been difficult to not start drilling holes. ...

    It's been difficult to not start drilling holes. The temp swing have been dead on for good runs. We usually tap 2nd week in February. In the mean time, 90% of my Shurflo vac system parts have...
  15. Seems like everyone is connecting using the...

    Seems like everyone is connecting using the valves on the bottom. Biggest concern is things freezing up since these will be in the woods for 5 days unattended. Some years we battle freeze ups some...
  16. Connecting 275 Gallon Totes Together

    With our new vacuum system this year we are for sure going to be overflowing a single 275 tote. Has anyone come up with a good way so that once one tank fills, it spills into the next, then to the...
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    It wont be long now. We are up to about 500 taps...

    It wont be long now. We are up to about 500 taps this year and should have 1/4 of those on a test Shurflow pump system running of solar panels. Still some work to do to get the sugar house ready...
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    We also threw in the towel today as well. Boiled...

    We also threw in the towel today as well. Boiled off what was in the pans to finish things out. Ended up with 28.5 gallons of nice syrup. Probably the best we have ever made, and about 7 gallons...
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    How many taps are you running? Without a doubt...

    How many taps are you running? Without a doubt we will be running pumps next year. We should have been in the 70 gallon range and we will be lucky to finish out with half of that.
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    Small run here in Lewiston, still holding out for...

    Small run here in Lewiston, still holding out for another one this week. I think with vacuum we'd be doing much better. Even the 3/16's in Sumner haven't produced this season. Looking at building...
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    We are getting nervous because we really haven't...

    We are getting nervous because we really haven't seen any big runs this year. Last year the 3/16s were cranking and overflowing our tanks. Hopefully a little thaw will kick things into gear. But...
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    As long as the sap isn't cloudy, run it. I...

    As long as the sap isn't cloudy, run it. I believe rain water can cause the sap to brown up.
    There may be some benefit to this as this side of the tree would warm sooner. Just remember to keep...
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    I've had great runs all week here in Lewiston. ...

    I've had great runs all week here in Lewiston. Over 100 gallons off 65 taps. All on a south facing hill side which I'm sure helps. Id say 75% of the snow is gone from it. This should be enough to...
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    Had a good run today on our Lewiston run. 65...

    Had a good run today on our Lewiston run. 65 taps gave up almost 35 gallons. One run of 25 taps was filling a 5 gallon bucket ever 90 minutes.
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    Collected 50 gallons from 65 taps here in...

    Collected 50 gallons from 65 taps here in Lewiston this morning. Just got a report that we barely have that much in Sumner. We were hoping for 2 to 300. Without vacuum, the trees must not be...
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