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    A porky. A pileated would have asked permission...

    A porky. A pileated would have asked permission first. This transcendentalist proselytizer knocked on our door for a week but I knew better than to answer it.

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    3/16 cleaning

    I load my 3/16 systems with calcium hypochlorite at the end of the season and let it sit for a week, drain and then flush with water. I load from the top of the system using a shurflo sap pump which...
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    2020 Results

    Season 2019 2020

    Amber Rich 71.8% 83.5%

    Dark Robust 28.2% 16.5%

    Run Days 16 16

    Season Days 24 30
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    The Tuft of Flowers Robert Frost I went to...

    The Tuft of Flowers
    Robert Frost


    I went to turn the grass once after one
    Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.

    The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
    Before I came to view the...
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    Russ - stay safe on that adventure. Bruce

    Russ - stay safe on that adventure. Bruce
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    Essential

    Yes, a perfect season here. Pretty sure pulling taps and washing tanks is essential work, solo anyway. Yes Biz, your controllers were a big help and worked flawlessly. The biggest glitches were power...
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    Taxi up to the Gate

    Ideal conditions but only pumped 300 gal first thing yesterday and another 200 gal last night. All 1.9%. The trees are finished. Not a record season but 30% above my average.
  8. Parker - the upper pasture you worked on is...

    Parker - the upper pasture you worked on is already at 19 gpt on 3/16 gravity and a lot of it was 2.3% to 2.6% the first half of the season. Ought to go over 20 gpt today. You going to be able to pan...
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    Primed

    Oh boy, two nights of hard freeze, a clean syrup pan and now a couple inches of snow this afternoon! Tomorrow's high 51F. Oughta be a quick flow of good sap and perhaps a bump in the sugar. Took 5gal...
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    Still Humming

    Pumped 400 gal of 1.65% yesterday morning. Slightly cloudy. A little foam. But low SSC. Double crunched it and boiled it through. Surprise. 52% and tastes rich. However, can tell I'm reaching the end...
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    Back In the Zone

    It's a 180 turnaround. Pumped 500 gal of nice sap and it looked so nice I cleaned the pan while it crunched. Boiled this morning and the grade jumped back above 40% and the flavor improved. No sun on...
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    Winding Down

    Pumped 600 gal of 1.9% and the sap was only a tinge cloudy. Tested 38% but the flavor dropped well into Grade B. I'm going to pump this morning and unless the boil tells otherwise, pull the taps and...
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    Waiting

    Think the trees are recharged but too cold to run. Wed is supposed to be sunny and 50F. But if I get a poor flow or the sap is so-so, I think I'll pull the taps.
  14. Parker, the Tucker Mtn Challenge has 15 schools...

    Parker, the Tucker Mtn Challenge has 15 schools this season, four of them using RO in the Bucket. Clever kids. Will hold the judging at the legislature again this year in mid April, if they're not...
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    Dark Robust

    Collected 650 gal Saturday morning of sap from Thurs and Fri. Puts the season above average. The evaporator had idled 4 or 5 hours on Wed with all the school kids, so the first 5 gal was 33% but then...
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    Ah, the Weekend

    Going to pump Thursday and Friday results this morning, should be about gpt, and run it through in front of any adventurous guests. Probably be a dark robust. Get the system cleaned out before the...
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    Over the Hump

    Kids loved the new observation balcony. Froze last night so there should be a squirt today. Going to be an above average crop and slightly darker than last year. Sugar is still averaging above 2% and...
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    Cleaned Up

    Processed 700 gal yesterday and left 60 gal of 5.5% to simmer for the school kids today. Sap was slightly cloudy but grade held at 54%, to my surprise. Orchard tanks are empty and still look pretty...
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    Crusing

    Processed 900 gal yesterday and left 200 in the coldest orchard tank. Grade dropped briefly to 51% then climbed back to 54% as the fresh sap got into the system. Filter press has still been amazingly...
  20. I've had to call Parker before when I thought I...

    I've had to call Parker before when I thought I was going to overheat. Always on top it.
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    Keeping Up

    Still coming in gtp/day and one of the tanks didn't get hooked up after pumping! Grade is staying steady and the weather is beautiful. Still haven't got my head around the shurflo controller. Did...
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    Reset Before Hitting Average Season

    Got everything cleaned up last night. Had to fill a 15 gal drum to do it. The RO, concentrate and feed tanks, finisher are all clean. Simmer the evaporator down low and drained the syrup pan. Last...
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    Still Coming

    Well, wrong, it didn't slow down. 1100 gal of 2.3% and it was still flowing at 4PM. Cranked down the RO so the 2nd pass was coming off at 11.5%. Couple minor glitches. Grade stayed steady at 60%+ and...
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    2nd Run

    Got 1,000 gal Monday overnight. Some pretty good flows. Had to fix one cranky 2" valve and the chewed through most of it and the grade stayed at 60% and favor was excellent. Going to pump Tuesday's...
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    Cleaning Up My Act

    Last spring I decided not only to swap spouts every year but to swap out tees every third year. Out of 750, one .225 spout was constricted with wood chips but all 250 tees were clean as a whistle....
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