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    That's it, buckets are new this year, I tapped trees last year on road near Leahy's place, but found 31 trees right on the hillside to tap. They are perfect for a gravity tubing setup, but I haven't decided to do that just yet.

    First year boiling under cover too, so lots of upgrades.

    Been by your place hiking the Notch, bet you guys see lots of wildlife up there !
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeyamber View Post
    So consensus is thin ice out, frozen solid keep ? I can go with that. Shortening boiling times is always a good thing

    More sap coming this week, so time to get my storage tanks empty !

    at the beginning of Notch... waiting for Center road to grow some Volkswagens out of the mud...
    I'm on board too! With this cold weather lately it's all frozen solid!

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    yes lots of wild life and I took a couple of deer last year one rather big at 193lb and son got a bear . I just put in all new lines last fall as my first set up did not work well . This set up is working very very well. The steep of the bank you have is ideal for the tubing.
    110 taps W.F Mason 2x3 and two turkey friers for finishing

    2011 expanding to a Mason 2x4 with a blower increasing taps to about 200
    2011 Hurricane Irene rips thru my small sugar bush cost me to lose 20% of taps
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    32 taps on 5/16 line with check valves
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    Dont have any scientific explanation, but sometimes sugar separate completely from ice in bucket, leaving a very little qty of sweet sap in it. other times, you can see in the ice block the difference of color in the middle when is really hard frozen. maybe is freezing time, very fast, slow, than could make the difference??
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    Well here is a scientific explanation!



    I haven't waded completely through it but freezing rate does seem to be a factor.
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    John
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    180 taps on sacks
    75 on 3/16 tubing with shurflo
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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    I have heard the same thing. We don't throw it away. I used to help friends with their operation, they sold syrup & didn't pitch it.

    New sap guy
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    Home made stainless evaporator.

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    WE have tested some ice that we thawed and got better than 1 percent. We now keep it all.

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    well I kept it all this weekend (No choice)
    we only go up on the weekend & I run a tube to a 6 gallon pail on the ground
    it was -18 & -22 on Thursday & Friday, so I had nothing but 35 6 gallon icebergs

    I will boil it when it melts LOL

    Then again it is all in fun , & I have at least 15 chords of free wood that is just for my maple fun
    Wood is plentyfull & free around here , they build new roads every year & the guy who cuts the trees down is my neighbor
    we are freinds & he dumps a few trees a week at the end of my driveway all cut to 6ft
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    "Well here is a scientific explanation!


    http://www.foodscience.uoguelph.ca/d...reeztheor.html "

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    So in two sentences or less what does this really mean???
    Last edited by Ahnohta2; 03-28-2011 at 08:31 PM. Reason: sp

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