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  1. #2611
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    I was pleasantly surprised when I test tapped a couple trees on Sat they were running well. So I tapped in almost all my buckets yesterday, everything was running very well. Looking forward to today's yield. Don't have the dumpstation buckets or the collection lines cleaned yet, but that seems to always happen. I can go a couple days with my buckets to give me time to get stuff cleaned and setup. 3/16 tubing will get tapped in next couple of days. Arch is apart getting some new firebrick added. Typical start to my season... oh and I need more wood

    Cool thing this year is how many new trees I was able to tap as a bunch got big enough to tap. Guess that comes from doing this for long enough !

    So we are off to the races !
    31 Taps in 2011 with buckets, Barrel evap
    45+ Taps for 2012 with buckets, 2x5 Dryer Arch with steel pans ! 8x11 Sugar Shack, Dump Stations,
    60 Taps for 2013- Insulated Dryer arch, AUF,
    2014 watched from sidelines...
    70 Taps for 2015 - dryer arch, new 2x5 divided pan from Smokey Lake with a float box !
    70 Taps for 2016 - added a preheater and new grates for the Dryerator.
    80 Taps for 2018 - Dryer arch got new front and door

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    I got 4000 gallons in the last 24 hours. Sap testing 1.3%. I was able to get vacuum up to 26 inches. I hope to get it to 27-28 tomorrow. Sap still running 300 GPH at 6:00 pm.

    Spud

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    picked .50 gpt in the last 24hr testing 1.5% still coming now in castleton

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    No freeze here overnight and sap flow slowed way down. Was able to pull in over 1 gpt in 24 hours between 8pm Sunday and 8pm Monday. Not sure what the ssc is but may get to testing it today. Got around the woods yesterday and fixed a bunch of small leaks and the vac is up to 26.5 which is generally about the best I can do. Getting things ready to boil Thursday unless it really runs today....
    About 750 taps on High Vac.
    2.5 x 8 Intens-O-Fire
    Airtech 3 hp LR Pump
    Springtech Elite 500 RO
    14 x 24 Timber Frame SugarHouse
    16 x 22 Sap Shed w/ 1500 gal. + 700 gal. tanks
    www.littlehogbackfarm.com

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    I got 1500 gallons last night on the upper trees. Lower section froze. Running at 130 GPH right now. Should pick up in a few hours.

    Spud

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    i picked up about .5 gal per tap yesterday. once the sun went down the flow slowed quite a bit. ran till about midnight. it was running fairly decent at 9:15 this a.m... hopefully another .5 gpt day!
    Awfully thankful for an understanding wife!

    “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
    - Vincent “Vince” Lombardi

    Good luck to all!

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    I am at about 3/4 g/tap @1%.
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

  8. #2618
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    We have our original releaser taps minus 75 taps (will be sent to the new releaser) up and running now. Lines are flushed and starting to collect. We are installing the last 200 feet of mainline (this will be hooked up to the other 75 taps) for the new releaser and then setting up the new releaser. Then off to add taps to the new section. Hopefully it will be a great year.

    Mike
    Tapping since 1985 (four generations back to early to mid 1900s). 200-250 taps on buckets and then tubing in the mid 90s. 2013- 275 taps w/sap puller 25 gal. 2014-295 taps w/sap puller 55 ga. (re-tapped to vacuum theory) 2015-330 taps full vac. 65 gal, 2016-400 taps 105 gal, 2017-400 taps 95 gal. 2018-additional 800' mainline and maybe 400 new taps for a total near 800 taps. 2x6 Leader WSE (last year on it) supported by a 250 gph RO.

  9. #2619
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    not much freeze last night picked .30gpt in last 24hr sap testing 1.5%, making med amber

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    Sap slowed down yesterday but did run some. I’m up to 1.6 GPT and now testing 1.5%. Vacuum is at 26 in the woods. Still need to find one more inch of loss.

    Spud

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