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    Default Tapping for the January Thaw?

    Anyone think it is worth getting taps in for the January thaw? I tap South Gardiner & Richmond. I have everything ready to go but it is so very early.

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    might put in 40-50 on check valves...
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    how many taps do you have and are they on vac? how much sap do you need to sweeten your pans? ..those are the first 2 questions that pop to mind...Last year we tapped half in on 500 taps right about now and it really saved our season...but so far I am not buying that it is going to be a repeat year...or at least i hope not..I am nowhere near ready...perhaps in a couple weeks...just my .02
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    please don't talk about tapping yet
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    Default Sap ran today - 1/10/2013

    If i can get enough for a few gallons of syrup i am going to see what it is like to boil this weekend. Never done it in January. I am in South Gardiner.

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    I think it's like a pig's tail. It's twirly.
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    Givin what happend last year If I was ready to boil in my new shack I would be tapping for this weekend but instead I am going to concentrate on getting the shack done.

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    We're not tapping yet, but it may be time soon. I like to tap and know that it is more or less the season. This is way too early for us. If you are on buckets and boil in a small pan, I think you could start up, get some syrup and be cleaned up and ready for the next time, but we have too much stuff to do that.
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    starting tuesday temp is supposed to start dropping and by next friday the high will be upper 20's thats southern NH.
    may your sap be at 3%
    Brad

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    We are going to put in a few taps in the morning. The weather here looks favorable for the next two days anyway. If we don't get enough to boil now - we will try to keep it cold until we get more. We will post back in a couple of days with any results.
    Stephen

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