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    Default tapping in the catskills.

    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
    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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    If I were you guys down there I would be pullingthe trigger.
    FIRST GENERATION SUGARMAKER
    First boil 2/22/2012! Went Pefect!
    3,500' of laterals
    1,000' of mainline
    2012 - 105 taps on gravity, 12 sap sacks.
    2013 - 175 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks = 200 taps for 2013! Second year.
    2014 - 250 taps on gravity, 25 on sacks
    Tapped on February 16, 2014
    2015 - adding vac sap puller no more gravity for me!
    275 gallon holding tank for 2014
    20'x30' Sugarhouse

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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
    Mill Hollow Maple
    10,000 taps
    3 Liquid Ring Vac Pumps
    5x14 Leader Vortex Evap
    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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    Sugared , already to go wood,all tanks,and arch is bricked for my new pan 30''x10' Patrick Phaneuf is making.what size tank are you looking for.

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    Getting ready to tap this week,got all neverous fri as Peaceful Valley Maple was boiling and had 6000 gals of sap,

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    Adk1 , hard to pull the trigger with no evaporator
    ,still waiting,waiting oh did I mean waiting lol..

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