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    1.200 taps in 2,200 to go. a couple hundred gals of sap in the tanks so far with warm weather this week and first boil should be thursday. switched all spiles to antimicrobial after .5 gals of syrup/tap last year. sugar content is already higher than last year so it should be good.

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    Greetings from the other side of the mountain. Went to Tom's and met the CDL truck today and picked up 6000 feet of main line and 15000 feet of 5/16. We are switching over 500 taps to CVs and got around 150 changed and tapped from 2-4. We hope to have the 500 done tomorrow. We hope to add 700-1000 taps with the Antimicrobial adaptors on stubbies in the next 2 weeks. Sugar content tested 1.6 for us which is better than last year which ran between 1.3-1.5. Here's to what hopefully will be a great season. Good luck!
    Millbrook Maple
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    Store - Arkville, NY
    Saphouse - Somewhere in witness protection area.
    2.5 X 8 1990 Grimm Lightning
    600 GPH RO
    2000 Taps and growing each season
    30 Buckets
    Always looking for more sap!

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    Go get em Van. Have a great season and keep up on the posts. I am not to far away and have a similar tap count so I always enjoy reading your journal.
    Brian Ryther
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    Lapierre 2000 RO
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    another 600 today with lots of damage from Irene and squirrels to fix. sap was flowing well and tested at 1.8%. I was at Toms this evening to get my RO that was damaged in the flood. this week looks good for sap so I'm tapping till it's done. should be boiling by wednesday.

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    another 300 i n today, vacuum pumps are out and ready. two sugarbushes that are tapped the tanks are already full, around 1,000 gals. I'll be boiling tomorrow night!

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    Mountainvan what is your tap total going to be this year? Do you need to special order 15,000 feet of line and does it come in 500 ft rolls? Just curious also if they give you a break because of the volume you purchase.
    2011-8 Taps on a very crude block arch
    2012- 38 taps 2 X 3 with blower.
    2013- 70 taps total-50 on tubing, 20 on buckets
    2014- 75 taps- Low vacuum, 2X4 drop flue
    2015- 100 taps-2X6 Mason Drop Tube, low vac
    2016-115 taps high vac, 60 taps buckets
    14X20 post and beam shack with attached 10X14 wood shed
    12 beehives and an avid waterfowl hunter.
    Wishing I can quit my day job, keep bees, farm, and make syrup!
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    We got our new vac system up and running today and started collecting at 3:30. We have around 400 gallons of sap on 500 cv taps in 6 hours. Now if I only had the other 1000 taps up and going! Hope to have around 1000 gallons to boil by tomorrow night.
    Van-- are you going to be around the sugarhouse tomorrow? We might run over to fix up a few odds and ends left from a job we did up the road from you. I would like to stop by for a minute and meet you in person if that is ok.
    Starting Small-- the rolls come 500ft each so I got 30 rolls of 5/16. Most of the dealers that we buy from only make around 10% so there really isn't much room for too much discounting. The best time to buy is usually after the season since all the manufactures offer discounts on equipment and supplies. We are planning on adding another 1000-1500 for next season also so I will probably buy a lot of the supplies in April for that expansion.
    Millbrook Maple
    Catskill Mountains
    Store - Arkville, NY
    Saphouse - Somewhere in witness protection area.
    2.5 X 8 1990 Grimm Lightning
    600 GPH RO
    2000 Taps and growing each season
    30 Buckets
    Always looking for more sap!

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    just got internet back to the farm after the flood. pulled in 3,000 gals so far and made around a barrel. still have 1,100 taps to put in. good start to the year. if my trucks at he saphouse I.m around, so feel free to stop in.

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    I want to tap......I'm in Rome ny....still waiting for my new evaporator......anybody close that would buy SAP?I have400 ready to tap

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimmreaper View Post
    I want to tap......I'm in Rome ny....still waiting for my new evaporator......anybody close that would buy SAP?I have400 ready to tap
    Hi grimmreaper, Where are u located N,S,E,orW of Rome ? Can you deliver ? cost ? or pick up ? cost ? When do you plan to get your evaporator ? Not sure it's smart, but I've been waiting for winter ,lol. (As I hate frozzen storage tanks,) But there is alot of tapping going on around just south/west of here! and even in vermont! (Fear of trees budding early) So not sure yet if I'll start tappin ,as in my location it's cooler due to snow cover .
    Good luck sappin ,Ed
    2009 50 taps,outside barrow stove, 2 1/2 gals
    2010 75 taps 12x12 w/upstairs Scrap made sugar shack,barrow stove 4 1/2 gals
    2011 200+ taps,tubeing gravty feed shack,scrap oil/wood furnace homemade into a 2x6 arch upstairs holding tank and a new pump(thanks to my son Brian)Sap&wood hauler-4 g-kids model A front end,fram, spoked rims, and a tractor trailer rearend (just don't get in her way), lol, speaking of that,she now thinks "I've gone over the edge",that is (otherhaft) Total 35 gals.

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