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    I no longer think it was it enough sap. Other...

    I no longer think it was it enough sap. Other posts here in the past I think indicated that a layer of biter in the bottom of the pan can get in the way of heat transfer to the syrup. This sounds...
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    Low sugar cause for no syrup ??

    Just sharing a curiosity from one of my last boils off the season here in central MA. The pans in my 2x5 raised flue evaporator were sweetened from two nights before. I Collected around 55 gallons of...
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    Same here in Harvard - buckets this week are all...

    Same here in Harvard - buckets this week are all dry, but 5/16 tubing is still running, slowly. Iíll probably get 30-40 gallons tonite and boil. No need for RO. Iíll take it.
  4. Thread: Defoamer

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    Good topic - defoamer. Sorry I canít help a lot with the original poster question. But this season I tried ďorganicĒ canola oil, and found itís barely functional compared to the regular defoamer...
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    Ahh, I see youíre in vacuum Dave, that should help you quite a bit relative to just gravity, right?
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    When did you tap your trees Dave? I tapped feb 9...

    When did you tap your trees Dave? I tapped feb 9 so Iím almost at 6 weeks.
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    Iím wondering the same thing and have no answers, but for me it has been 6 weeks (feb 9 tapped), which is as long as the season normally lasts around here, so Iím ready to call it a season if it...
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    Well, I did get 25 gallons last night in Harvard...

    Well, I did get 25 gallons last night in Harvard on 145 taps. Enough for a quick boil and make a gallon of syrup. Weíll see today, hoping itíll continue.
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    I feel your pain. I lost 15 of sweet drained from...

    I feel your pain. I lost 15 of sweet drained from my back pan into 5g buckets last week, in 4 days it was gone. There was no sap during that time so my only option would have been to boil it all down...
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    Calling it a season?

    Iíve been expecting a final run for 2020 since Sunday, but thereís nothing flowing in my 145 taps. Maybe tomorrow. If not I think Iím done this season. Although thereís another freeze coming this...
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    Thanks Woodvill

    Thanks Woodvill
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    First time using the 5-gal jugs this year. I have...

    First time using the 5-gal jugs this year. I have 3, one for each Golden Del, Amber rich, Dark robust. Once I open a jug to make a few bottles, I assume I then need to keep it refrigerated from then...
  13. Thread: Grades

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    Iím in central Ma. I had 3 weeks of golden delicate, then last week (finally) amber rich, but that has already changed now to dark robust. Very different from last year.
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    Thanks for the reassurances about the plastic...

    Thanks for the reassurances about the plastic odor. I rinsed mine wel before first use.

    Tom
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    Different question about these blue 5-gal jugs...

    Different question about these blue 5-gal jugs for storing syrup. Itís my first year using them. Theyíre brand new from Bascoms. I was surprised that there is a plastic-y sort or odor in them. Not...
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    I donít know the answer to that, but I would hazard a guess that risk of spoilage goes up rapidly below 66.9, so not a guarantee but why risk it. On the other hand if youíre not selling it and are...
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    I think the poster wants to know if he bottles at lower density than 66.9, how much lower can you go before creating spoilage? Is that right Woody? But why would you want to do that?
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    Look for sugar maple leaves on the ground near...

    Look for sugar maple leaves on the ground near the tree. Bark is pretty smooth. Unless theyíre old and bug around. Branches is upward more than out. Test the sap with a sap hydrometer as non maples...
  19. Hi Dr Tim, I wondered if there are any ways to...

    Hi Dr Tim,

    I wondered if there are any ways to predict how long the trees will run sap during an extended warm
    spell, like we have in central MA the last few days. It hasnít been below freezing...
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    I think thatís a goood strategy and youíll be fine as long as the sweet isnít exposed to above mid-30s (refrigerator temps). Passing along what Iíve read here (I donít know the chemistry),...
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    Iím just wondering if anyone can confirm generally, can pin holes like these come from not doing a thorough clean of the underside of the pan at the end of season? Mine is raised flu 5Ē. I havenít...
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    By the way, sometimes you take your eye off the...

    By the way, sometimes you take your eye off the syrup heating up for bottling and pay the price. Yesterday I had 4
    Gallons ready to bottle and was out stacking some wood. When I can back it was at...
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    Iím a hobbiest in my 5th year with 145 taps now. I started with 20 taps or so in a loaner flat pan evaporator, finishing my syrup on a stove in the kitchen. Is I finish in my shack with flat...
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    While Iíve mostly tossed the nice from buckets and tanks in recent years on the advice of this forum, Iím thinking this year of keeping more of it to help keep sap cool as temps rise. The only...
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    Thanks Dr Tim. I was just up in Burlington last...

    Thanks Dr Tim. I was just up in Burlington last weekend visiting my daughter. I should have stayed for another night but came back early expecting my trees in MA to run hard, oh well. Fun place to...
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