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  1. #31
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    i think this year i will come up there as my finance's family is out that way (sorta) in kerhonkson, ny so i'm much closer all the time. This weekend is it for me. i'm sure of it. I'll make probably 7-9 gallons when its said and done. which will give me just enough for favors...none for me(oh well) i cut it close but the last 25-30 i zipped on friday/saturday saved me a bit.
    Last edited by MaplePancakeMan; 03-07-2012 at 09:33 AM.
    80-100 taps
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    Wow, some pretty close neighbors - MaplePancakeMan - I'm right down the road near Shunpike/82!

    Looks like we have good freezes still in the outlook for Fri/Sat nights, so I think I will wait until the run ends on Sunday and then re-evaluate whether the 10-day forecast is drifting anything below the current 36 degrees.

    Another good site if you want to look out 15 days in hopes of finding a reason to keep hanging on

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/sal...eather/2128755

    I just hope to find buckets running over when I get home today!

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    just finished boiling and another barrel is filled. lower elevation bushes are frozen but up top the saps still flowing. time for a whiskey and sleep.

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    We just finished up for the night and our weather report for my elevation is 36 but the therm said 28 and frost on the cars. Hopefully they will be that far off all week.
    Millbrook Maple
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    Always looking for more sap!

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    another barrel filled. concentrate ready for early boil and sap in the ro tanks ready to go. saps flowing well but I'm not. time for some rum and a little nap.

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    freeze last night got the higher elevation taps going, so I'll be boiling again tomorrow. still hoping to keep the sap going till winter comes back. If not I'll be on the lake for trout April1st.

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    Done in Delhi....lines cleaned, tanks away. Just need to finish up in the sap house. 125 gal. for the year, the last 40 was B/C could never get back to table grade with the warm temps/low sugar. Happy with the short season even after making 160 in 2011. Off to Catskill Mountain Maple tomorrow for breakfast!
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    You still boiling ?
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    I'm done unless by some miracle it freezes next week and the sap starts again. reds have budded and sugars are not far behind. glad I tapped early, but still a disappointing year after all the work I did after the flood to get back to sugaring.

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    It looks like a Miracle is about to happen. We are going to try to isolate our sugar maples the next 2 days and clean the lines and tanks and hope there is still some quality syrup to come out for the next week. I don't know if the buds have broke yet on the sugars but they look promising from 50 feet below the branches. Over half of my trees are reds but I'll take 30-40% productions over no syrup.
    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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