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    We're still making syrup....Anyone else?

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    We have already quit. The sap is low in sugar and it is cloudy. I doubt, if you could get it boiled down, it would taste alright. How is your's turning out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by afretired View Post
    We have already quit. The sap is low in sugar and it is cloudy. I doubt, if you could get it boiled down, it would taste alright. How is your's turning out?

    David
    We are still collecting and the syrup hasn't darkened, like it did the end of the last season. We have lots of freezing nights coming up....

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    The Mennonites are still boiling away here too...

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    I am still shovelling snow,,,4-5 Ft, in the yard.

    Never even tapped, darn Northern weather.

    Hope all that are tapping have a great season.

    Terry
    2011- 35 taps, ,,,milk juggs and buckets-propane turkey fryer !!
    2012 -75 taps,,,,, 40 on tubing into buckets, and 35 buckets - 3nd hand Homemade arch, brutal.
    2013- Just over 115 taps and still adding more.
    2014, new SS flat pan and new arch built, guessing 75-100 taps this year.
    2015, 50 taps on Shurflo pump.
    2016- Getting a line across my creek this year.
    2017-took a year off, Jamaica was fun !
    2018- 45 trees tapped, keeping it fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryEspo View Post
    I am still shovelling snow,,,4-5 Ft, in the yard.

    Never even tapped, darn Northern weather.

    Hope all that are tapping have a great season.

    Terry
    Is it too late? Maybe you will still have time! That's sad! I've never seen that much snow, but my chicks dream of it, pray for it!

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    i've been too busy to update lately but i've been boiling since saturday 16 feb. i've had to correct problems on the fly because i couldn't test the evaporator due to my late start. in the past 5 weeks i've built a 10'x12' sugar shack and had to carry all the building material 200' down in the woods, ran 2200' of tubing, installed around 160 tap's (only 'cause i didn't buy enough tubing to tap them all), patched up some air leaks in my firebox, finally went to a leaf blower for forced air (think you used a little too much dynamite there butch?)-(butch cassady and the sundance kid)and trying to cut wood and keep up with sap flow. not to mention the turmoil at work "but were still a liv'in so everything's OK" - (hank sr.) syrup is dark but goooood. most folks in ky only understand dark syrup anyway and many only want grade B because they think it's healthier. i'll be shoping for a real evaporator later this year and trying to lease a sugarbush or few. other than that, i cant think of a more difficult or expensive way to do it. may your sap over flow like mine did sunday.
    first year at the market 2015!
    I don't act my age so why should i act like i have any sense?
    2014 added a 40"x12' king
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    2015 350 taps total
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    Good year at the market with all the confections too!
    2016 delaval 76 & with a 6.5 Hp engine gives me 16hg! I think it made my trees 10' shorter.

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