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    ....Surgery cancelled...DARN YOU COVID-19! :mad:...

    ....Surgery cancelled...DARN YOU COVID-19! :mad: No timeline for rebooking, could be Monday or 5 months from now.

    I'll stop posting about this.....its taking away from the important sap talk!...
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    Thanks all, for the kind words. In terms of...

    Thanks all, for the kind words.

    In terms of the big C this is the one you want, apparently. Had pre-op today and they said that Covid-19 may cancel surgeries....I was thinking, "Oh for the love...
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    Good luck all, this year looks like a good one. ...

    Good luck all, this year looks like a good one. I received "the call" the day after I started cleaning my barrels and pan for the year. Surgery for thyroid cancer on Thursday....no heavy lifting...
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    New Brunswick 2020

    Well, the weather here is making me second guess my plan every other day.....great temp fluctuations for a couple days which makes me think "uh oh....its starting early!!" and then BAM! -25C for a...
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    Total for 2019 was 12 gal of dark syrup,...

    Total for 2019 was 12 gal of dark syrup, excellent flavour, not as after-tasty as last year. The modifications and extra insulation to my arch worked very well. My best GPH was approx 30 with an...
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    The sap came in 2 nights, filled all my barrels...

    The sap came in 2 nights, filled all my barrels once. Boiling wise, I have one and 1/2 barrels of sap left to run through....temps are so warm during the day i had a slimy flue pan this am....almost...
  7. Thread: Snotty syrup

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    I woke up to this issue this morning, boiled on...

    I woke up to this issue this morning, boiled on Sunday, left the sweet in the pan, nights were frosty but days were warm. When I first started the foam was noticeable but not extraordinary....I...
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    First boil today....on April 12th!

    First boil today....on April 12th!
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    How is the boiling going for everyone? Its April...

    How is the boiling going for everyone? Its April 4th and I BARELY have enough to sweeten my pan....fingers crossed the sugar is 10%!! otherwise it will be a bleak year. Will start this weekend MAYBE?
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    Maple Lady, I'm glad, I was wondering how it...

    Maple Lady, I'm glad, I was wondering how it went.

    No sap here yet.....i mean hardly anything....
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    Maple Lady, My math sucks when it comes to...

    Maple Lady,

    My math sucks when it comes to concentration of sugar from 33 gal to 5 gal, plus it depends on your starting percent sugar but I would guess ~8% It will have a lower freezing point...
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    Things are starting slow here, the only sugars i...

    Things are starting slow here, the only sugars i have (15 taps)are flowing some ~10" in the bottom of a 55gal barrel in a week. My reds are slowpokes but it will come at some point....
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    The boy and I put a little over 100 taps in so...

    The boy and I put a little over 100 taps in so far, had the lines mostly run last weekend, just tapping and a few repairs today. One more neighbour to run lines on tomorrow and I should be set for...
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    Well, I am not sure what the 2018 yield will...

    Well, I am not sure what the 2018 yield will finish out at yet, but the total so far is 13.5gal of heavy syrup. By heavy, I mean i run it thicker than syrup so i can dilute with the semi-syrup in...
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    I am pulling my taps this weekend....final tally...

    I am pulling my taps this weekend....final tally is unknown yet but it looks like my best year yet!
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    I'm happily married as well....how do I...

    I'm happily married as well....how do I know....she tells me I am ;-) lol

    Dlee: No problem, it is definitely an investment in the addiction but if you have a pile of sap the boil rate of a...
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    https://www.smokylakemaple.com/product/customize-a...

    https://www.smokylakemaple.com/product/customize-a-hybrid-hobby-pro-pan

    This is mine. its was ~$200 cheaper when i bought it. I sold a pile of fishing and hunting gear to offset the cost. I...
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    I have a SL 2X5 Hybrid Pan, back section is 2X3...

    I have a SL 2X5 Hybrid Pan, back section is 2X3 with drop flues, front section is divided into two and flat bottomed for finishing syrup. My arch is a poorly manufactured homemade oil tank version...
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    If you accounted for atmospheric pressure it...

    If you accounted for atmospheric pressure it should be good. Light syrup is common on a first run, you should have your highest sugar content in the first few weeks of sap collection. The complex...
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    165 gal of sap so far. That's not a bad start. I...

    165 gal of sap so far. That's not a bad start. I will try not to get my hopes up as my Reds are sporadic..
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    I just heard back from the land owner with the...

    I just heard back from the land owner with the sugar maples, 12 taps on 3/16th, 2 days of actual running...30 gal of sap so far. If only i had more high slope trees!
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    I just finished all my taps....well I have been...

    I just finished all my taps....well I have been asked to put some in on yet another neighbour's yard so I will put more in in the next few weeks. Almost every tap was giving sap, and lots of it. I...
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    New Brunswick 2018

    Just wondering who has taps out yet?

    I missed two great weeks, the last week of January and this week just past were amazing but unfortunately work got in the way. I put 2/3rds of my taps in this...
  24. Thread: New Brusnwick

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    Thanks Karen! ;-)

    Thanks Karen! ;-)
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    It's a 375ml Nordic Liquor bottle. The cheapest I...

    It's a 375ml Nordic Liquor bottle. The cheapest I found was WP Bottle Supply in Ontario. Labels are custom from a local sign shop and the tops took FOREVER to figure out then find something...
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