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    Its going to be a dream come true after many...

    Its going to be a dream come true after many years discussing it and thinking about it. Its already to small but the main thing is our retail room is twice the size that it was and people flow should...
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    Update on the build!!!

    Thought I should update everyone on the build so far. Pictures are hard to get up and running but its coming along. We now have power poles up, which means power is on its way. a well has been dug....
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    We do plan on being operational for 2020....

    We do plan on being operational for 2020. Actually kind of have to, since we've told our landlords at the old one we were moving out. We've also moved everything except the arch and the RO out of the...
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    New Sugar House build!

    So after 56 years in the same sugar house, we're moving in. Granted I have not spent 56 years there, I'm the 3rd generation in my family to run that sugar house. We've rented/leased our last sugar...
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    I will second that they are loud pumps. My set up...

    I will second that they are loud pumps. My set up is difficult to get the back plate off because of where the moisture trap sits. I end up taking the whole vacuum pump off and put it on my tailgate...
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    Shipping Nightmares

    So in the last year I've run the gantlet of shipping nightmares this year. I ship about 300 gallons a year to NYC. All of it in 1 gallon containers, packaged in the 4-1 gallon cardboard box taped to...
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    What size place are you building and for how many...

    What size place are you building and for how many taps?
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    I'm currently working on aging my first barrel...

    I'm currently working on aging my first barrel ever. Had a 53 gallon barrel given to me and took the chance on how the product would age, and how it would sell. I know that I probably will not do...
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    Thoughts on sugar house size...

    Considering building a bigger sugarhouse. Expansion would make our old one way to small and the retail traffic during the season bursts us at the seams at times. Also thinking of food safety measures...
  10. Surprised with this weather your not out in the...

    Surprised with this weather your not out in the woods chopping! Its just like mid winter out there! Deep snow, shoveling stumps, frozen ground. Won't last long so I'm taking advantage while we can....
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    Looks like you have the same idea as I have....

    Looks like you have the same idea as I have. Gonna try to get some serious tapping done before it snows over a foot, on top of the 8-10" we got the other day. If i can have half of the taps in before...
  12. I would agree with you Parker. Went from sugaring...

    I would agree with you Parker. Went from sugaring weather to single digits, "winter weather" again. Picked up 40k feet of pine to cut before the next run. Hope I can get it done in a few weeks.
  13. Least you have a woodlot you can cut, hope you...

    Least you have a woodlot you can cut, hope you can move the lowgrade thats been our struggle! How were things running with this warm temps? Dribble before you put a spout in or not much? Whats the...
  14. RO Wastewater, prepping for stiffer regs when building a new sugar house.

    I am looking to build a new sugar house that will sustain my future expansion, FDA regulations, larger retail space, and so on. At the moment I don't have a budget hahaha. One big thing that we keep...
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    Looks like I've found the answer to my question....

    Looks like I've found the answer to my question. A hot spot with some wifi cameras. Way cheaper than some of the systems maple companies want. Hopefully it will work and I can be sitting on the couch...
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    Jason, Now that seems like a more economical...

    Jason, Now that seems like a more economical solution. Was looking at the H2O innovations monitoring system and the base price was $1050 or something like that. Looks like I can buy a couple of these...
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    I looked up smart trak by h2o and didn't get any...

    I looked up smart trak by h2o and didn't get any results. I may have been looking in the wrong spot. Any help?
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    Remote Monitoring at the sugar orchard!

    I know this topic has come up numerous times over the years. Since moving to high vacuum, it has been annoying having to go check my orchard 4-8 times a day. My orchard is 10 min away from my house...
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    Just curious but what were they paying for syrup?...

    Just curious but what were they paying for syrup? I heard commercial is well below $1 a pound now. Either that or someone was feeding me a load of BS, which is entirely possible! Commercial grade has...
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    I finished yesterday. Didn't end of collecting again, ran the vacuum and whole milk came out. It cleared up but by that point I had already decided to pull the plug. I chased water through the...
  21. Thoughts on the rest of the season? Still holding on in Sunapee!

    So far this season has been one for the record books, tapped the earliest ever, made syrup earlier than ever, boiled more sap than ever, made more syrup than ever. So what the hell why not try to...
  22. Tank valves open here but the vacuum is still on...

    Tank valves open here but the vacuum is still on and still hoping for good things come wednesday...broken records all over the board. Heres to breaking more next week! If not I'm ready for spring to...
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    same leak same question

    I have a springtech 300 as well. I have the same leak. I've run about 23000 gallons of sap through it this season and not seen to much of a increase in the leak. Some days its there some days its...
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    Had a great day yesterday. Mostly sunny in the...

    Had a great day yesterday. Mostly sunny in the low 40's with little to no wind. At one point I was averaging 100 gallons per hour off 1000 taps. Collected 1250 gallons at 1.9%. Finished the night at...
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    Yesterday got as warm as 50 for the 1st of Feb....

    Yesterday got as warm as 50 for the 1st of Feb. Pretty strange if you ask me, but so is making syrup on the 1st of Feb. Checked my tank in the morning and found 400 gallons from an over night run. I...
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