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    Flush your lines with a solution of calcium...

    Flush your lines with a solution of calcium hypochloride, any pool supply has it. You can get 1 lb bags that make a bunch of solution. I even use it to clean my tanks. Mix it 1 part to 20 water
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    I agree on the cleaning. Clean well and you'll...

    I agree on the cleaning. Clean well and you'll have way less problems. I had one line I ran out of cleaning solution on year before last year about half way down the line. I thought I had put enough...
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    Hey Mel, good to hear from you. Glad your getting...

    Hey Mel, good to hear from you. Glad your getting close. I think my regular taps (75) are going in next weekend and I'll still have the 40 early going. So I'll be all in at 115 taps. If sap flows...
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    Are you going to mortar in the bricks with...

    Are you going to mortar in the bricks with refractory? I'd not only joint them, but completely coat them and create a somewhat smooth surface. Even though mine is a traditional arch I still...
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    I'll be there for the Morrow county day, always a...

    I'll be there for the Morrow county day, always a good day.
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    Had a good run today, 42 gallons off 40 taps....

    Had a good run today, 42 gallons off 40 taps. Syrup still running a little darker than usual. Sap still at 2%
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    There are so many variables here that are unstated and make it hard to advise you. Are these new never tapped trees? Assuming they are then any good grade log should be at least 16 DBH. Drilling a...
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    I may be wrong on this and if I am someone please...

    I may be wrong on this and if I am someone please correct me. A simple way to check relative accuracy is to prepare a test solution. The simplest and most relative would be a sugar solution. Use...
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    Had another 25 gallons of sap this morning and...

    Had another 25 gallons of sap this morning and pulled a small draw off and finished (1000 Mls or 1quart +). The first syrup of the season was darker than I usually start with, a good rich taste. This...
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    I wouldn't do it. If anything just put some on a...

    I wouldn't do it. If anything just put some on a paper towel and go around the rim with a small coating. Just stir it a little when it gets close to foaming over. Also do less in the pan per batch.
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    Glad to hear you found floats. Push come to shove...

    Glad to hear you found floats. Push come to shove a local machine shop could make them.

    I boiled down the sap I had and the pan is fairly sweet now. I was pleasantly surprised it was 2.2%. I'll...
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    I was surprised I got a bit of a run yesterday...

    I was surprised I got a bit of a run yesterday and last night, as it never went below freezing. So I have about 25 gallons of sap. I may build a fire this afternoon and start making sweet, or I may...
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    pdiamomd, I dumped the first run as it was...

    pdiamomd,

    I dumped the first run as it was small ( ~15 gallons) and it flushed the lines. It's Going to freeze up now so my first boil probably won't be until next week. I don't expect any big...
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    Tapped my early Trees today

    This is later than usual, but I deliberately waited this year. I tapped the 40 trees I usually do for fall today and hope they will run into spring. They're all on 3/16th. I had 5-10 gallons of sap...
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    I got mine here...their DOT model with high temp...

    I got mine here...their DOT model with high temp probe

    https://www.thermoworks.com/
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    I personally prefer Air over fire. I have a...

    I personally prefer Air over fire. I have a modified half pint arch (extended) with a Smokey Lake drop flue pan. I use an old leaf blower with a variable speed control in the shack and have it...
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    I am all done and ready to tap. One new line, all...

    I am all done and ready to tap. One new line, all new taps and drops installed, re-tension lines, leaks and bad spots cut out, shack cleaned, new stack up, repoint firebrick, and washed up tanks and...
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    Use the full (thicker bricks ) for the fiirebox...

    Use the full (thicker bricks ) for the fiirebox floor. Sides and ramp can get half bricks (thin ) and then use refractory over the joints on the walls. It helps to have ceramic blanket behind the...
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    I would think bacterial activity is pretty low...

    I would think bacterial activity is pretty low under 50. Most refrigeration is in the 40s.
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    I'm south east of you about 2 hrs and I am ready...

    I'm south east of you about 2 hrs and I am ready to tap any time now for a group of early taps. Ed is right don't tap in this warm weather, it will hurt your tap production. Here's how I approach...
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    If your limited on taps then wait. I am ready to...

    If your limited on taps then wait. I am ready to tap some next week, but I have two 3/16th lines with a total of 40 taps that I always do early. I don't depend on them for spring regular production....
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    I'm in southern Ohio and my sugar content has...

    I'm in southern Ohio and my sugar content has been all over the map. I've thinned over 10 years and managed what I could and it still swings up and down. I think those of us on the southern...
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    I keep a excel spreadsheet with data similar to...

    I keep a excel spreadsheet with data similar to RC Maple. I also keep expenses and sales on mine and a auto calculating profit loss column. I have sheets for 10 years of production and can compare...
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    Been working 3/16th lines and installing new...

    Been working 3/16th lines and installing new drops.......let me be the first to say for this up coming season I HATE SQUIRRELS
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    jdierksen, I'm about 70 miles due south of...

    jdierksen,

    I'm about 70 miles due south of you. I have done some December taps for several years now. Most years it doesn't yield much, but this year reminds me of a year about 5 years back when I...
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