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    Interesting because I did notice a very slight...

    Interesting because I did notice a very slight off/different flavor to my syrup last year. Nothing that kept me from using it anywhere. Or nothing that kept anyone from asking for more of it. Or...
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    Where would you say trees who's roots systems...

    Where would you say trees who's roots systems have easy access to septic/leach field areas fit in? Do they have access to high levels of nitrogen? If so are they potential problem makers and at...
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    Does a lot of sap flow in the fall mean there...

    Does a lot of sap flow in the fall mean there will be more acids that need to be flushed during some freeze thaw cycles in winter or by the first runs in March if there is a prolonged Jan/Feb freeze...
  4. I would also imagine that whatever damage trends...

    I would also imagine that whatever damage trends occur in double tapping in Northern Vermont are pretty much guaranteed to trend at the same rate or worse in say Springfield MO. So I feel that this...
  5. IMO ... Warm weather in late December and through...

    IMO ... Warm weather in late December and through much of January is more of a reason not to tap early then it is a reason to tap early.

    Especially if you are on gravity vacuum or even more so on...
  6. At this point I do not yet plan to tap early but...

    At this point I do not yet plan to tap early but that could change. As the guys have said lots of weather yet to come before even considering chucking up the bit.

    It is a warm one for sure. Read...
  7. You don't generate enough $$$ is why he hung up...

    You don't generate enough $$$ is why he hung up the phone on you.

    Nothing personal, I generate far less $$$ then you do.

    If it were public health "it" were concerned about then "it" would be...
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    Swingpore. Remember to build your stack as...

    Swingpore.

    Remember to build your stack as tall as you possibly can. The taller it is the better your draft will be and THE MORE IT WILL REMAIN even when you take pans off for syrup removal.
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  9. What I am conjecting here and confidently so, is...

    What I am conjecting here and confidently so, is that taps are more susceptible to getting old ( drying up ) faster in my location if I tap on January 15th then they are in your location if you tap...
  10. One very important factor to keep in mind is that...

    One very important factor to keep in mind is that this study, done at the location it was done at, may EASILY show a very different result if done say 100 miles south of that location or yet again...
  11. If you do freeze your concentrate for additional...

    If you do freeze your concentrate for additional separation you could always thaw the ice fairly quickly in a pot, not getting it too hot, and then send your ice melt back through the RO and check...
  12. Are you saying that taping on a sub freezing day...

    Are you saying that taping on a sub freezing day will not have a benefit with regards to limiting the exposure of the tap hole to microbes, that shut the tap hole down eventually, any more then...
  13. As most is on this forum, this is very...

    As most is on this forum, this is very interesting data and certainly answers my question about letting taps sit idle in frozen weather.

    It would be nice to see what temperatures were between runs...
  14. So .... what you have found is that the...

    So .... what you have found is that the introduction, to the tap hole, of sap flow terminating microbes in cold weather tapping is nominal as compared to warm weather tapping ... correct ?
  15. I am wondering if a advantage of taping in such...

    I am wondering if a advantage of taping in such weather would be a cleaner tap hole from the get go. No or fewer microbes around in the colder air that will culture the tap hole when you tap.
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  16. Your point sunk into my fat head in about 1...

    Your point sunk into my fat head in about 1 billionth of a second.

    So it is a well made point.


    Are there any studies showing the effects of tap hole production of taps that are in place in...
  17. For sure. But I set two dates for my time to...

    For sure.

    But I set two dates for my time to tap determination.

    1) A Date to start considering when to tap ( For my region it is January 1st/5th

    If sap has been flowing well for the previous...
  18. I have noticed over my short six years of tapping...

    I have noticed over my short six years of tapping ( in my adult life ) and being so intimate with the 10 day, that it seems that the 10 day forecast for temperatures and wind speed deviate less from...
  19. Although it is unseasonably warm today, this year...

    Although it is unseasonably warm today, this year in the Mid-Hudson Valley it has been colder than normal for the past 35 days. It was warmer than usual up until the end of October with hardly even...
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    Outstanding. I am impressed at how you are...

    Outstanding. I am impressed at how you are leaving no stone unturned.

    Yes ... it was tricky for me to learn a technique for getting my test syrup at 211 for an accurate test.

    By the way. ...
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    While I use a thermometer, temperature checking...

    While I use a thermometer, temperature checking of syrup is highly over rated. Here is why.

    It is only used as tool to check to see when you are getting close to 66 brix. Once you have done it...
  22. Thread: Steam Pans

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    I would say it does not have to be sealed if you...

    I would say it does not have to be sealed if you are going to settle for only a couple weeks and then pour off ... reheat to 185-190 then seal in bottles. If you are going to settle for much longer...
  23. Thread: Steam Pans

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    In my six years I have never come close to...

    In my six years I have never come close to prospect of running out of sap.

    Many options available in the wurst case scenario of running out of sap even with a massive all of a sudden surprise with...
  24. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Yes you will see the small bubbles. The key here...

    Yes you will see the small bubbles. The key here is observing that the bubbles will be slightly slower to rise and pop, a sure sign that viscosity is setting in to the liquid. Once my syrup starts...
  25. Thread: Steam Pans

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    Your thermometer does not have to be great ......

    Your thermometer does not have to be great ... not even perfectly accurate ( I don't think there is a single one that is ) .... just ok ... and you can test it against boiling water for...
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