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  1. #251
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Granger, Ohio


    How do you know when to pull your taps? I don't want to ruin the syrup seasoned in my evaporator. I started to get a little cloudy sap on Tuesday when it hit 70 degrees. The syrup has just changed into A Dark syrup and still tastes good.
    2013 2.5x4 Flat pan, 92 buckets, 22 gravity - rookie season
    2014 2x6 Lapierre raised flue with AUF and AOF, 114 buckets, 104 gravity
    2015 126 buckets, 106 gravity = 232 total Siro filter
    2016 235 taps, homemade hood and preheater
    2017 250 taps

  2. #252
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Chardon, OH


    telltale signs are:

    cloudy sap
    budding trees
    tastes metallic, or buddy
    you can hear spring peeper frogs by ponds
    ropey or snotty sap coming out of tubing into collection tank (bacteria developing quickly)
    just do it until theres 5-7 days of above freezing lows ... which is.. about now

    i personally dont stop until i have several gallons of B or C since i use that to brew beer (jacks up gravity and makes a good porter or stout). you know when your making that because the taste is bitter. . . great for cooking too, and smoking ribs!

    i will try to get 1 or 2 more boils, then im done.
    Last edited by WoodButcher; 04-05-2014 at 07:51 AM.
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  3. #253
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Albion PA


    Please don't let the peepers cross the state line for at least a week! Looking forward to blowing the doors off last years numbers this coming week.
    There is not a bud in site on the hard maples. We just had a big rain and cold front come through. Setting things up for a strong ending to a slow start. Maybe those new spouts and drop lines will pay for themselves yet?
    Got out and washed all the sap containers yesterday. Cleaning the front pan now. Picked up a new grading kit (the one with the three new grades) So all our dark syrup will now be medium
    To date we have hauled in 10700 gallons of sap and made around 220 gallons more or less. Half of that was made in the last week!
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors


  4. #254
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Ashtabula County, Ohio


    Chris way to go! Our sugars show no sign of swelling buds. However some of the silvers are just about in full bloom just today. I didn't tap any this year so no big deal. Hope to have a real good run Sunday, we'll see. My goal is 330 gallons.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL vacuum filter
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

  5. #255
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Madison, Ohio


    I just pulled the plug. I was hoping for one more run, but I checked my pans today they were full of slime. It was so thick it wouldn't even go thru my strainer. From what I've read I'm guessing this is "ropey" syrup? That is some nasty stuff. I guess I still have a few things to learn. I finished the season with just over 18 gallons. I was counting on the pans to push me over 20. Not too bad for my second year.
    2013 12 taps two turkey fryers and some cinder blocks.
    2014 160 taps Smoky Lake 2' x 6' drop V

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