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    Default Tapping the 2012 season

    Who will be the first to tap this season. it is looking warm but in the 15 day forecast it is looking a lot cooler in the long term. We have way too much work to do for an early season. New 3 by 10 all stainless new 16 by 20 sugar shack and an additional 132 taps onto 150. Our goal is to be ready for the 2nd week in February. Our first boil was february 15th last season. Good luck everybody.
    2009: 4 taps and buckets on stove
    2010: 40 taps tubing Gravity small 1' by 2' s/s homemade evaporator (Now Finishing Pan)
    2011: 150 taps on 20 " vacuum 3' by 5' steel homemade evaporator.
    2012: New 16X20 Sugar Shack Used 3X10 all stainless 282 taps on vacuum 20"
    2013: 500 taps new concrete floor
    2014: 500 taps recouperating money

    Good luck everyone

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    some people on this site have already been tapping, I don't even have my new arch finished yet. started planning it last may..... boy time flies when you have to much to do
    Last edited by rookie; 01-08-2012 at 09:50 PM.

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    No need to be in a big rush, boys and girls. Remember last year, we had an warmup relatively early in February and a bunch of folks jumped, well their holes dried up and were wondering about reaming. I for one am going to hold my cards until at least presidents weekend. I think if you tap to early either the holes dry up or you have to deal with freeze ups all of the time.

    On a separate note I was p in the woods today and noticed a couple of trees that were running out of some woodpecker holes. It almost made me want to run down to the house and fire up the tapper! It's not long now a little more than a month.

    Anyone else concerned about the lack of cold weather this year?
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    Last year I tapped on Feb. 11 and I'm holding out till at least then. Weather has been crazy but extended forecast is looking more like it should be and local tv station showed an extending forecast map and we are to be below normal. Just have to wait and see.
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    My only concern is that spring may come early. We should be fine though from the looks of things. No true way to tell. The old timer farmer down the road says winters worst is to come.
    2009: 4 taps and buckets on stove
    2010: 40 taps tubing Gravity small 1' by 2' s/s homemade evaporator (Now Finishing Pan)
    2011: 150 taps on 20 " vacuum 3' by 5' steel homemade evaporator.
    2012: New 16X20 Sugar Shack Used 3X10 all stainless 282 taps on vacuum 20"
    2013: 500 taps new concrete floor
    2014: 500 taps recouperating money

    Good luck everyone

    http://s1048.photobucket.com/albums/...anuary%202012/

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    I ordered my bottles and some pan gasket today from brydonson's in coudersport. It's been in the 20's here all day with no snow. This is the weather we have been waiting for.
    6 year Backyard producer
    2 little sap haulers
    leader half pint clone, wood fired
    50 buckets or so
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    Yep - looks like Saturday is the day for me according to the extended forecast. I'm a 3rd year backyarder with about 20 trees so I figured I'd start with half of them and see how things develop - it just seems awful early to me.....

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    Just got back in from collecting both the buckets and sap tanks, I now have about 140gals to boil this evening!

    This starting to look really good for us down here. Kvsappers just around the corner and it sounds like she is doing well.

    Got to get some sleep so I am well rested for this evening.
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    How many you got tapped Dennis, and do you know what percent the sap is running? I think I may tap this weekend or next week depending.
    6 year Backyard producer
    2 little sap haulers
    leader half pint clone, wood fired
    50 buckets or so
    http://photobucket.com/albums/x473/Sleauber/Turtle Creek Maple Syrup

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    I got nothing today, too cold, it seems like above freezing temps, but it is raining, so i dont know. I hope it runs this weekend sometime, id like to see how my batch of 20 taps turned out.
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