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    Quiet on here. Kind of missing boiling, but works...

    Quiet on here. Kind of missing boiling, but works been tough anyway. I visited Dave Yeany on Friday. He hadn't boiled yet because of the cold weather. On Sunday everyone was boiling! We visited my...
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    Well global warming has got the best of me. Only...

    Well global warming has got the best of me. Only had 25 gallons sap in the tank after two days of the pump on. I decided to dump the sap and finish my front pan. We filtered and bottled today another...
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    Iím at 17 gallons syrup. Iím going to try get enough sap Friday and Saturday to make a couple more. Should then be done. Iby, when itís running right on good days you can get 3 gallons sap per tap in...
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    Great to hear you guys are getting the sap. I'm...

    Great to hear you guys are getting the sap. I'm about 50 miles north at 1500' and a slight north facing sugar bush. Didn't boil yesterday. I have about 300 gallons today that I've started on. Should...
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    I'm telling you this winter won't relent. When I...

    I'm telling you this winter won't relent. When I see that groundhog, I'm taking him out!:) I've only collected 125 in the last two days. I've refilled the evaporator and boiling it in now.
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    deacm, I'd tap before this weekend. The rule of...

    deacm, I'd tap before this weekend. The rule of thump for buckets is the tap holes last 6 weeks if it's not too warm. Tapping now puts you to the beginning of April. You are in a relative cold area...
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    Well, finally some sap! Weather has been cold....

    Well, finally some sap! Weather has been cold. Only have about 200 in the tank. Just got the fire going. Might be another week froze up starting tonight. Iíll take what I can get.
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    Pumps on and I hope something comes in tonight....

    Pumps on and I hope something comes in tonight. Weather has been poor.

    Dennis, I know how you feel. I don't have the fire burning in me either. My wife and I sure love having syrup everyday....
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    Hi Dennis, My plan is to go to 20 gallons and...

    Hi Dennis, My plan is to go to 20 gallons and stop. We don't sell it so it's just family and friends. Speaking of friends, one of them wants to help in lieu of 5 gallons of syrup. Thing is his idea...
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    Woke up to another 100 in the tank. Boiled early...

    Woke up to another 100 in the tank. Boiled early this morning before things froze up. A great week! About 950 gallons and about half way to my season syrup goal.

    cjf12, That is common on my sugar...
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    Boiling 210 tonight. Another hour to go. Will...

    Boiling 210 tonight. Another hour to go. Will drain and clean the evaporator this weekend. Should filter and pack what Iíve made. I stopped and introduced myself to iby today. There still under...
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    Didnít get the freeze but you gotta love high vacuum! 160 gallons today. About another hour to boil yet. Sugarmaker, great job! Taps going in soon?
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    Iím boiling 200 gallons I got today. Made 3 gallons of syrup. Coworkers buckets did bad. Itís been 3 days without a freeze yet the ground is still frozen. Vacuum dropped a little and found some...
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    Excellent sap run on vacuum. About 2 gallons per...

    Excellent sap run on vacuum. About 2 gallons per tap. I've got about 60 more gallons to boil tonight. It will be close tonight for the first draw of the season. Coworkers buckets are running slow.
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    Wow, what crazy weather. Tapped yesterday and...

    Wow, what crazy weather. Tapped yesterday and fixed leaks. Everything is clean and ready. Sucked some hot water through the mainline and dumped the first 30 gallons or so of sap. Sap is collecting in...
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    Hello all and hope everyone has a great year!...

    Hello all and hope everyone has a great year! Earlier this week my coworker / backyarder talked about tapping this weekend. I told him he was full of crap. Looks like I will be eating my words :o I...
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    I just couldn't stand it and had to try it! The...

    I just couldn't stand it and had to try it! The off flavor syrup I made I had to try correcting. I opened all the mason jars and boiled the 1.75 gallons to 242 degrees. I then took it off the heat...
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    I am bowing out! I wanted to quit today anyway. I...

    I am bowing out! I wanted to quit today anyway. I boiled the sap and sweet I had, finished and canned. Ended up with one gallon and three quarts. It is only a tad darker than the stuff I posted two...
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    Jim, it's good to hear from you! Wasn't sure you...

    Jim, it's good to hear from you! Wasn't sure you were boiling this year. I am still at it but I don't know why:lol: I put my buckets back up Wednesday evening in a blizzard. The last two days have...
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    I boiled 20 gallons of 1.6% last night. I just...

    I boiled 20 gallons of 1.6% last night. I just collected 13 gallons of 1.5% and boiling. I put the buckets on the ground tonight. Supposed to be in the 60's tomorrow and no freezes for two days. I...
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    Everyone must have hung it up? I boiled 30...

    Everyone must have hung it up? I boiled 30 gallons last night. Sap came from the past two days. Lots of bugs. I'm going to stay at it till next weekend. Good weather ahead.
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    Hang on Chris, good weather is coming! Check...

    Hang on Chris, good weather is coming!

    Check out this syrup. Almost Cranesville Ultralight:cool: Rocks definitely wouldn't have helped. I have not made any Golden syrup for 10 years. Back then I...
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    Sugarmaker, now that you bring it to my...

    Sugarmaker, now that you bring it to my attention, I really have been going backwards. I'm not sure about sooty rocks in my syrup! I'll probably be at this for two weeks and not make as much as one...
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    Well the weatherman was wrong (imagine that!)....

    Well the weatherman was wrong (imagine that!). Didn't get a freeze Monday night. Collected only 18 gallons yesterday and boiled. 82 gallons so far boiled to 2 1/2. I'll finish that down on a turkey...
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    I better watch the friends I keep, I'd hate to...

    I better watch the friends I keep, I'd hate to burn up a pan:) Sap flow has been slow. Mornings have been in the teens and highs in the 30's. Temps look good coming up. I did my sixth boil of the...
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