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  1. I can tell you that the tree line around 4000'...

    I can tell you that the tree line around 4000' and above in canaan valley is *still* brown as of today, so I can see those trees just not running till everything else below is done, so probably not...
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    I don't think there is a specific distance the...

    I don't think there is a specific distance the last tap should be, however I know I have read that there should be 10' vertical drop between the last tap and the top of the tank for best results
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    what plastic is used in spiles?

    Hate tossing a pile of plastic taps in the trash. What are they made of? can I toss em in a colored plastic recycling dumpster?
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    Not exactly cutting propagation, but I have been...

    Not exactly cutting propagation, but I have been successful transplanting little saplings that I find growing on gas line right of ways. They will eventually be mowed down so I figured I am just...
  5. Wow great breakdown and record keeping and...

    Wow great breakdown and record keeping and results! Crazy long season, and the night temps even up to today have still been ideal for sap flow! I called it quits after second week of march because...
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    The amish folks leasing Dalens operation in Dry...

    The amish folks leasing Dalens operation in Dry Fork have done 90+ barrels this year I hear also.
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    Yeah! Their 110th year. Cheapest syrup I've seen...

    Yeah! Their 110th year. Cheapest syrup I've seen in the region too. $38/gal from their farm
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    I'd say you kicked *** making 50 gallons with...

    I'd say you kicked *** making 50 gallons with your operation! Way to get after it! What kills me is, the weather is STILL going in and out of perfect sapping temps even though the trees are done....
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    how is the syrup? I'm getting loads of clear sap...

    how is the syrup? I'm getting loads of clear sap still with these ideal temps, but sugar content has dropped to 1.5 and syrup has a slight chocolatey after taste, so time to pack it in here. :(
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    sparkling sap water

    A friend has a soda water maker (or whatever you call them) and gave me some sparkling sap water he made a few weeks ago.
    I drank half the bottle and forgot about it in my fridge. Somehow it is...
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    well then, I will test this theory and get back...

    well then, I will test this theory and get back to you :) (only boiling a small test batch first though....) mine are at 3500' north facing steeps so maybe there is hope but not holding my breath!
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    No buddy flavors yet for you Lilshot? It a...

    No buddy flavors yet for you Lilshot?

    It a perfect temperature forecast the next few days for a great run, but I made a small batch of syrup from sap that ran a little sunday, and it has that...
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    We have some perfect sugaring weather AGAIN this...

    We have some perfect sugaring weather AGAIN this week, but the test batch I just made has that dreaded tell-tale mild tootsie roll essence/taste to it. Since I see buds on the reds, I am going to...
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    Gotcha, thanks all! I just made a small...

    Gotcha, thanks all!

    I just made a small amount of syrup from some sap yesterday to see where things stood before it runs again later this week, and it has some chocolate taste to it. Even though...
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    Pulling reds off the line late season?

    Does anyone with mixed reds and sugars on the same lateral lines pull the reds off late season since they start to bud out first and may possibly taint the sap? I have about 15% reds to sugars on...
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    Yeah, my first year with one, and found quickly...

    Yeah, my first year with one, and found quickly it takes hundred of gallons before you draw anything off! Also when you shut down for the night, you lose your gradient because there is no shut-off...
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    You must have missed the part about filtering...

    You must have missed the part about filtering again after taking it to 200 :)
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    I decided not to re bottle. You really have to...

    I decided not to re bottle. You really have to hold them up in the light and look close to see the faint suspended sugar crystals. Otherwise it looks very clear. Since I am not trying to win a micro...
  19. does sap quality or sugar change the longer it runs?

    Not sure if right section to ask in, but... I stopped collecting sap when the temps got into the 50s and 60s since they were gonna stay there for almost 3 days, and I also figured things would stop...
  20. dang, I had no idea a hydrometer needs adjustment...

    dang, I had no idea a hydrometer needs adjustment for temp. My water boils around 207. I know when I get to 7 on the dial thermometer, I am still under on the hydrometer by about that many brix, but...
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    I think my whole problem is I took the syrup too...

    I think my whole problem is I took the syrup too dense. One line below the hot line on hydrometer. Which makes sense because I see suspended sugar crystals in the bottles when looking close, which is...
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    Thanks! Anyone got any tips on filtering at...

    Thanks!

    Anyone got any tips on filtering at 185-190 before bottling? I can barely get a quart through a single pre-filter before it stops up! The syrup is already clear from filtering at draw...
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    Think I am calling it quits! the temps the next...

    Think I am calling it quits! the temps the next 60 hours wont be under 50 even for the lows. Looks like more sap weather after, but been making syrup for a month now. I didn't keep great stats, ...
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    rebottling...need to sterilize?

    If I want to rebottle a few cases of bottles, is it ok to just rinse and dry the bottles, or do they need sterilized? They were brand new before bottling originally a few days ago. Will I need new...
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    awesome! its running good now and looks like a...

    awesome! its running good now and looks like a few nights in 20s this week and snow next weekend. I may call it quits at that time because I'm burnt out! need bigger evaporator!
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