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    All Done down here. Some trees budding out. I...

    All Done down here. Some trees budding out. I have some frozen concentrate to boil yet but other than that should end up with around 3 gallons.
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    I usually finish boil in a turkey fryer type set...

    I usually finish boil in a turkey fryer type set up. This hydrometer has made it easier for sure , just wasn't 100% sure I was doing it right. I really do appreciate the info. Looked into the Murphy...
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    Yea , from reading the replies I have been over...

    Yea , from reading the replies I have been over thinking it a bit. I usually start checking around 217 , up til now I've been using a temperature method to call it finished. I have been filling it...
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    That makes sense. I have a home built evaporator...

    That makes sense. I have a home built evaporator that has a 16''x32'' pan. I thought about just laying the cup in with it since its stainless. My season will be coming to an end after this week but...
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    Novice syrup hydrometer question.

    I just purchased a syrup hydrometer from Roth / CDL. Its one of the ones that has a hot or cold test scale in Baum or brix. I got the stainless cup with it. The suggested hot temp to test is 211f. It...
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    Sounds like you guys have had a rough week! Some...

    Sounds like you guys have had a rough week! Some of the best sap flow I've ever had down here. All bags and buckets but man we've had the rain! An absolute muddy mess everywhere I tap. SOOOOO tired...
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    Had my friend who runs a brewery check my sugar...

    Had my friend who runs a brewery check my sugar content. All mostly big open crown sugar maples , 2.4%. Was the highest I've had since he's been checking it for me.
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    Yea , that's my experience with them. Some that...

    Yea , that's my experience with them. Some that flow look exactly like the ones that won't give a drop....?
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    Been awesome flow down here. Looking really good...

    Been awesome flow down here. Looking really good over the next week. Just out of curiosity , do you have much luck out of the red maples , especially the interior woods red maples up there?
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    Made about a quart and a half off of some really...

    Made about a quart and a half off of some really fresh and apparently high % sap this past week. Was the lightest color finished I've ever done. Hope y'all flow like crazy this week!!
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    Looking really good all this week. Tapped a few...

    Looking really good all this week. Tapped a few more today. Hope you boys stock pile some sap!!!!
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    Ive collected 34 gaL. Boiled 10 gallons all the...

    Ive collected 34 gaL. Boiled 10 gallons all the way down yesterday that was really fresh. Made the lightest syrup I've ever produced!
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    It was hit and miss when I collected yesterday...

    It was hit and miss when I collected yesterday for sure.
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    Took 35 gallons down to about 8 yesterday. played...

    Took 35 gallons down to about 8 yesterday. played with new pan. had to do some modification to my arch for it to fit.
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    Put 8 more taps in yesterday , all were flowing...

    Put 8 more taps in yesterday , all were flowing pretty well. Hopefully collect my first run this afternoon. May boil some Saturday.
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    Tapped 3 sugars here in Tennessee this evening....

    Tapped 3 sugars here in Tennessee this evening. They were dripping pretty good.
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    Tapped 3 this evening just to check. They were...

    Tapped 3 this evening just to check. They were dripping pretty good!! Exciting!!
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    Sir , that's awesome! Hope to get some taps in...

    Sir , that's awesome! Hope to get some taps in this weekend or first of next week! Congrats!
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    Have some family in Louisville , Thats awesome...

    Have some family in Louisville , Thats awesome you all are doing a workshop. Yea , I feel like im running behind every year , but don't worry , as soon as I get all of them tapped , it will stop!
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    Yes , Id say you are frozen up there. Just now...

    Yes , Id say you are frozen up there. Just now getting our first real winter weather here.
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    Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water close. When you...

    Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water close. When you consolidate the pans , pour it in the empty pan. It keeps the hole covered so heat won't escape and keeps the what would be empty pan from scorching....
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    Thinking its close

    Y'all thought about tapping a couple after this weeks cold snap?
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    Thinking about poking a couple of trees here...

    Thinking about poking a couple of trees here later in the week...
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    Of every piece of maple equipment I have , the 5...

    Of every piece of maple equipment I have , the 5 gal bucket is the most used and depended on!!
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    The hardest thing for me to stop was the old...

    The hardest thing for me to stop was the old habit of drilling wood like for a wood working project where you plunge the bit in out then in out to clear shavings for a few cycles. As I have learned...
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