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    Don't know whether to be a little disappointed in...

    Don't know whether to be a little disappointed in the weekend:120 gal on 92 taps all weekend or hopeful that it means the season will continue for a couple more weeks.. Didn't get anything last...
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    Pulled our taps yesterday, currently have 28.5...

    Pulled our taps yesterday, currently have 28.5 bottled so should cross 30 gallon of finished syrup from our 75 taps after finishing the last batch today from Monday & Yesterday's sap, about 90...
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    I know we have a single tree that hangs out...

    I know we have a single tree that hangs out around 4%, it is on the southern edge of the woods but I haven't tested too many other individual trees. But all in all everything must be right around 2%...
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    We are definitely pleased with what we've been...

    We are definitely pleased with what we've been bringing back! looks like final couple of days, our season being nearly exactly 6 weeks. We did have a few good days when at least half had 2+ gallons...
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    i like reading all of these and it seems a lot of...

    i like reading all of these and it seems a lot of us hobbyists are similar flavors of the same process.... ours is: take off nearup in 2-3 gallon batches, filter through grease filter or 2 off of the...
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    We got 80 gal off 70-75 taps (75 taps out but a...

    We got 80 gal off 70-75 taps (75 taps out but a handful are barely producing anymore) ours also was 2+% so yes a good run! Monday's run was 55gal so was a bit surprised to see how full the buckets...
  7. barometric pressure change during warm spell

    How much barometric change is needed for sap to run if temperature wise it is too warm?? Between today and tomorrow we have what the news station is calling for a large barometric decrease (36mb to...
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    Sooo hoping for a cooler weekend, otherwise I'm...

    Sooo hoping for a cooler weekend, otherwise I'm afraid our taps will really dry up.
  9. This is only our 3rd year on droplines & buckets...

    This is only our 3rd year on droplines & buckets and 1st tapping at "normal" time at mid Feb and thankfully we tapped 50ish% more trees this year otherwise we'd be quite disappointed where we are as...
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    We tapped yesterday and going to finish tapping...

    We tapped yesterday and going to finish tapping tonight or tomorrow in Seneca County. Hopefully have some good sap Wednesday and Thursday

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    It took a lot of will power not to put taps in...

    It took a lot of will power not to put taps in this weekend given the 14 day but the whole month of Feb and most of March looks ideal at this point on time so going to preserve our taps for what are...
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    we are thinking about it, the 10 day looks good...

    we are thinking about it, the 10 day looks good and down to the last bottle of syrup from last year!
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    I can tell you as I'm sure you're wife can if she...

    I can tell you as I'm sure you're wife can if she make soap: sodium hydroxide and lye are one in the same. But how that compares to Ultrasil 10 for membrane cleaning I do not know.
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    I only have around 60 trees and several 100 tags...

    I only have around 60 trees and several 100 tags I bought in a bunch of junk from a auction once. So it would be no cost really.

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    Was looking for a way to not nail, staple, spray...

    Was looking for a way to not nail, staple, spray anything into the tree. Not certified organic but trying to stay as close as possible. A thought I just had was Cow ear tags. Come in all colors and...
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    yes it was yellow surveyors tape. But like I said...

    yes it was yellow surveyors tape. But like I said around half was on the ground by the trees after less than a year
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    Marking trees.

    We are semi new to the art of maple syrup. This will be our 3rd year. Looking for suggestions on how to mark trees so you can find them in the spring. We go out on the fall when the leaves are still...
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    We let ours settle out. Took a stainless stock...

    We let ours settle out. Took a stainless stock pot and drilled a hole about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Put a brass valve in the hole. Let 3 gallon of syrup sit one or two days. (that's how big the pot...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170324/3bfacbe9...

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170324/3bfacbe911c3aff3eee0ec445ae3be71.jpg

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    Slab Wood or edge cuts for fire wood.

    I went to Holmes County Ohio yesterday and drove around till I found a lumber mill (its big amish country so didn't drive long) Was able to buy two bundles of edge cuts slabs for $10 a bundle. Edge...
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    looks like we are done in NW ohio also. was...

    looks like we are done in NW ohio also. was hoping for a good week but only 2 taps started running again after the warmup two weeks ago. even went out Sat to tap 10 more trees to only get 5 to 10...
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    Thermos of hot water is a great idea! I might go...

    Thermos of hot water is a great idea! I might go one step farther and use hot sap that way it says clean and you don't waste the syrup. When your done add it to the next batch.
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170316/6256b4e439cd925f4b3e907010296671.jpg this is a setup I use in my gator. I have a 110 gallon tank that was to tall to dump in. So I took a 5 gallon bucket...
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    We're in NW ohio and I agree it looks like the...

    We're in NW ohio and I agree it looks like the season will go out in style. Forcasting Thurs. to Thurs. above/below temps. Fingers crossed
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170313/9be71883...

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170313/9be7188341eef0befb298864694a087e.jpg
    I built this one out of a fuel oil tank over the winter. Has two 28" x 18" flat pans. With preheated sap (steamer pan...
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