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  1. #2831
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    only managed to get down to about 30 here last night but it seems to have been enough to wake the woods up and get my test a hair higher (up to 1.4 from 1.2)
    sap is running ok, a bit over 200 gal/hr. another light freeze possible tonight if it stays clear. lower woods are hammering, upper woods are not as good. we keep limping on...
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    sap is coming in hard right now (125-130 gallons since 9 this a.m on 330 taps... good job cv spouts!)... but testing a measly 1.2% and clouding up. looking like a slight freeze tonight but a better one tomorrow night. probably going to see what the sap quality looks like after that... the end is very much in sight for me... Thinking this weekend clean up will begin. i don't find it fun boiling 1.2% sap!!
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    Crew made another 350 gal of AR syrup today from what came in late last week and over the weekend. At 0.66 gpt before boil-out. Flavor still good. Sap coming in is milky, 1.4 Brix, and slow. No good cold weather in the forecast until maybe Fri and Sat. Wade will decide in the morning based on flow and flavor whether to continue or not. I'm thinking it'll probably be over and they will just boil out the pans. Hate to quit, but we don't like to bother making commercial syrup or include it in our totals. Lots of final measurements to do before pulling spouts.
    Last edited by DrTimPerkins; Yesterday at 03:03 PM.
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