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  1. #2971
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    We started taping this past weekend. Really tuff going with all the snow and crust here in south central VT. Should have about 1800 in by tomorrow. Looks like I will turn the vac pump on this week as well and be chasing leaks.
    Purchased a new to use Busch 1142, pretty excited to fire it up and watch the sap roll in.
    New power service was dropped last week the the new pump house. Both tanks are plumbed in side by side for a total of a like over 2800 gallons. Not sure that will be enough but it’s what we have.
    Still have two more lots to get into. Maybe we can get there this weekend. Looks like the warmer weather might start showing here shortly. No syrup for us this year in February, which I can’t remember never making syrup in February. Always had a barrel or two made by now.
    Fingers crossed for a good season, I feel we have a little to make up for lost time.
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    vacuum
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    filter press
    auto draw
    New leader oil fired


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    Quote Originally Posted by PARKER MAPLE View Post
    We started taping this past weekend. Really tuff going with all the snow and crust here in south central VT.
    PM
    We have the same conditions up here. Really tuff and really slowing us down.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    We had our preheater welded to fix a leak from the ice. While checking to make sure the weld was complete we found a small 3/8" joint which was not welded at the factory. There was a small seep. Just after wiping the water away a very fine well defined line was the point of the leak. That was welded as well. Need to drop some spin seals in and get to tapping.

    We have the crust here too. Better bring you snowshoes out the same hole they went in or your going down.

    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.

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    Crew finished tapping at UVM PMRC production/experimental bush on Friday. Experimental site was tapped on Saturday.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    we got 95% of our taps in saturday... finished up sunday a.m. Be nice if today and tomorrow we get enough sap to flush the lines. we'll see.
    Awfully thankful for an understanding wife!

    “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
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    Good luck to all!

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    What did everyone see for sap movement yesterday into this morning? The wind blew so hard here in Middlesex I thought the roof was gonna come off
    Mead Maple "It's for the kids..."
    Paul Cerminara
    2019 - First season ever
    -Goal: 3 gallons
    -Season Total: 7.5 gallons - pulled taps after running out of firewood and time
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    Built 2'x8' Oil Fired with Thor drop flue pans
    -Goal: 20 gallons
    -Season Total: 55 gallons

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    Same up here in Weston
    South west wind but not sure how it did over night yet.
    I will report back later. Between the hours of 12-3 it was coming in very hard. 150+gmp
    We used it to flush out the lines etc and drained. Hoping for full tanks this morning but the wind has me second guessing that it didn’t happen.
    vacuum
    RO
    filter press
    auto draw
    New leader oil fired


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    Just enough sap to tease in Underhill....murky and low sugar (1 Brix).
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    .33 gpt in the last 24 hours testing 1.5%

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    We got 100+/- gallons in each of our 4 tanks which we used to wash tanks then dumped. Plugged bungs, closed valves and are ready to rock. Don't expect much from Sat but overnight temp Sat night is supposed to be around 30, then mid to low 40s and sunny Sunday, so hoping for enough to do an RO wash and rinse and a pan sweetening boil.
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