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    Just bottled up Tuesday’s boil. 4 1/2 gallons all light and real tasty.
    Getting ready for round two tomorrow and the nest few days.
    Not used to dealing with so much sap and after kids get here...
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    Matt, Fred over at Richards Maple may have that...

    Matt, Fred over at Richards Maple may have that info..just put a CDL sap lifter in over here, working like magic- so far.
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    That’s awesome Kevin. Glad the new rig (and sugar...

    That’s awesome Kevin. Glad the new rig (and sugar house) worked as designed for you.
    That’s also a pot load of sap to go through! Holy smokes. The 675 gal I pulled in was almost a third of last...
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    Boiled off 220 gallons from 3-9:30 today. For...

    Boiled off 220 gallons from 3-9:30 today. For the first time in 14 years I made syrup on the first boil. Talked to a friend in Perry who had the same experience today. It’s nuts and not sure what it...
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    500+ gallons since yesterday afternoon. Still...

    500+ gallons since yesterday afternoon.
    Still pouring in.
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    Just got in...our trees are running like race...

    Just got in...our trees are running like race horses today. With rain coming and 40° temps it's going to be a long day tomorrow.
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    That’s my question..how do you establish a filter...

    That’s my question..how do you establish a filter cake with only one pass?
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    I don’t understand how you can build a decent...

    I don’t understand how you can build a decent “cake” of DE with only one pass across the paper. A filter press requires a minute or more recirculating until the syrup is clear, then you switch to...
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    Thinking you’re right Kevin. Spent today in the sugar house doing final setup and running a tank full of hot water through the head tank and pans. All systems are now go. With the 170 in back woods...
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    Hey, that's my line ;)

    Hey, that's my line ;)
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    I;m thinking of filtering then packing syrup in...

    I;m thinking of filtering then packing syrup in 3-5 gal containers and sending to the bottler on days I'm not boiling...to darn much work to be bottling from midnight to the early morning hours.
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    Jason, looks great. Is that a Leader finishing...

    Jason, looks great. Is that a Leader finishing tank next to the CDL filter? Am considering going that route this year as we're going to north of 300 taps this year..
  13. I feel your pain Buckeye, but 30 taps on a...

    I feel your pain Buckeye, but 30 taps on a minimum of 15 trees per acre is actually pretty lax. My take is it's designed to offer incentives to re-invest in Maple as a business and promote good...
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    Unlike a filter press - where you can recirculate...

    Unlike a filter press - where you can recirculate your syrup back to your mixing tank until the cake is built-up - I don't think there's a way to re-circulate syrup in a vacuum press. You'll...
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    It used to really tick me off when bags got holes...

    It used to really tick me off when bags got holes in them... other than a few hung for the grand kids; I don't miss that at all.
  16. Ohio May Offer Maple Land Property Tax Exemption

    Did anyone see this? I just stumbled upon it tonight...

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    Jason, at 2 gal per bucket...you're gonna be busy...

    Jason, at 2 gal per bucket...you're gonna be busy collecting!

    Got all my wood up and will finish tapping this weekend. Everything is pretty much ready to roll.
    I heard that the run from two...
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    All of the wood I've cut for the past 14 years...

    All of the wood I've cut for the past 14 years has been either dead standing or fallen. I'm sure your hemlock is dry and fairly well seasoned by now.

    But..For what it's worth...when you say...
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    You'd a be a lot better off if you could pump it...

    You'd a be a lot better off if you could pump it to the top of the worst hill... 150 gallons is close to 1200 lbs! I have a snowmobile and pulling that and keeping it stable on flat ground would be...
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    I finished putting wood up yesterday and...

    I finished putting wood up yesterday and Saturday. Had about 25 dead-standing trees dropped in January of 2019 so it's all dry and ready to go.

    Pic of the Gator doing what it does best...;) ...
  21. Parker, probably not funny...but I have this sign...

    Parker, probably not funny...but I have this sign on my wood box outside shop.

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    Seriously though, I do hope he/she just moves on or you find a solution that works.
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    That’s really cool.

    That’s really cool.
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    After letting them run to ground for a day,...

    After letting them run to ground for a day, Monday afternoon I connected all the 3/16" lines to new the sap lifter. Sap was still running strong after running all day Sunday.. so I started up the...
  24. Those look like they're bucket spouts. You could...

    Those look like they're bucket spouts. You could possibly cut some off the end to shorten them up or mill up some wood shims to replace the sticks...

    Sap Meister makes spouts specifically for bag...
  25. Bruce, You want stainless tube not pipe. There's...

    Bruce, You want stainless tube not pipe. There's a big difference not only in wall thickness, but also price. Good luck with your build.
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