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    Default Sap run Weds-Sun 2/19-23 in the valley?

    I'm a backyard sugar maker setting out 60-80 taps. Thinking about tapping Sunday to catch what appears to be a likely mid-late week run this upcoming week. Anyone else tapping this early down here?

    Mark

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    ive already tapped in my 340 CV taps on vacuum in westfield, waiting to put out the bucket taps as they heal over quicker. but you should be good to tap in, and get ready for the up coming runs good luck
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    I'm going to tap in wilbraham tomorrow. 50 buckets maybe

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    Sap should start Flowing Wednesday. Waning Gibbous moon, thawing temperatures, Wind from either the northwest or southwest through Sunday. Gets cold again on Monday, wind from the east. Next full moon Mar 16. When the wind is from the west the sap flows the best, when the wind is from the east it flows the least. That's my prediction. Ran 3000 ft of hose, still not enough, Wife took away the checkbook, guess I still have to use some buckets. Love this time of Year !!
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    Last edited by Russ008; 02-17-2014 at 07:49 AM.

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    Tapped in Gill today!

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    How does the full moon affect sap flow?? just curious...

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    The full moon causes sap to rise in trees. This is due to the gravitational pull of the moon.
    http://www.chacha.com/question/what-...-have-on-trees

    Oldtimers down here refer to a “maple moon,” the full moon closest to the harvest season. They hold that the sap really breaks only once the maple moon comes. I even heard one talk about a gravitational effect on the trees. I have a lot of respect for a lot of what these oldtimers say, but when it comes to maple syrup being affected by the moon, I get into a lot of arguments. We have a chalk board in our sugar house, and it’s a pretty odd site to see the formula for gravitational force juxtaposed against our lists of sap and maple syrup outputs per night. Makes it look like we’re doing something sciency.
    http://www.freshmaplesyrup.com/maple-syrup-moonscape/

    Sap flow varies from day to day and tree to tree. Many claim that flow is heaviest during the full moon—a period the Chippewa call ee skee guh mee see gay gee zis (maple sugar moon).
    http://www.north-link.net/cmsakry/1pub/89413dnt.htm

    Many believe that full moons can cause a spike in criminal activities. According to E Prise Now, this theory revolves around the fact that the moon controls the waters of Earth, causing large waves in the oceans. Therefore, with the brain being a very moist organ, it has led many to believe that the moon can control the human body, which is about 80 percent water.
    http://www.scienceworldreport.com/ar...ical-march.htm
    Last edited by Russ008; 02-20-2014 at 08:25 PM.

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    Russ how many taps do u put in? Just bein nosey!!!
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    68 on line, got 60 buckets to put up later. First run today, 15 gals in the tank, I wonder how many Gallons it takes to fill the lines. Vt hobby evaporator, its hard to keep up with what I get. Wife took away the check book so I can't buy anymore line. I'd like to put another 15 or twenty taps on line. It will nice not to gather so much. Just come home from work and light the fire.
    Last edited by Russ008; 02-21-2014 at 06:02 PM.

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    400 in today, running ok but I don't think we are missing anything, 120 more tommorow, we will get 300 more next weekend and that will be all of our tubing in. Not in a hurry to do buckets, we will wait till after Polar Vortex # 3.
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