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    Second boil yielded 720 gal today. Started AR, ended up GD. Hit .25 gal/tap season total, so half way to our minimum goal, but hoping to go beyond that. Sap sugar holding at 2.6 Brix so far.
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    Did a 12 hour boil today. Definitely broke myself in. Long day but boy that sweet flavor coming off the pan is irreplaceable!



    Ended up with more than 3 gallons added to last weekends boil. Looking forward to bottling!


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    Mead Maple "It's for the kids..."
    Paul Cerminara
    2019 - First season ever
    -Homemade 275 gallon oil drum arch
    -75 taps, all on traditional buckets and drops into 5 gallon buckets
    -Goal: 3 gallons
    -Season Total: 7.5 gallons - pulled taps after running out of firewood and time
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    My woods froze up last night at 8:00pm. Today the sap should roll. we have great weather in the 10 day forecast.

    Spud

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    Wind is blowing hard but the sap is still running 500 GPH. Going to run all day and night . Should run tomorrow till evening.

    Spud

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    Still looking for that great run this year. Sap flow started to increase around noon today. I am hoping the next few days it will pick up. The woods still have a fair amount of snow and there are many areas where the ground is frozen.

    We cleaned the evaporator today. We have made about 25 gallons and are about a 1/4 of the way to our season goal.

    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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    Woke up to another 2250 gallons in the tank. Running 175 GPH this morning. Should keep running till 10:00 pm or so and then a full day of freeze up. Tuesday it should roll again.still testing 2.1%. Vacuum is down an inch so I will check lines today. It's been very windy here for a few days.

    Spud

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    Been busy here. Haven't had a solid freeze here since Tuesday night. Sap ran very well Wednesday ->Thursday and since then it has been a little over 1 gpt every 24 hours. Boiled Wednesday and Friday and will be at it again today. Grade lightened way up to GD for last boil. Great syrup for confections so I was glad to make almost 50 gal of that. Since sweetening the pans I haven't made less than 35 gal in one boil which is pretty impressive for my little operation. SC has been holding at over 2%. Niter has really shown up the last couple boils...

    Production is currently at over .25gpt so more than halfway to my goal. I'm not sure i'll hit .65 like last year but will keep at it until the trees bud. Should be another good week with hard freezes tonight and tomorrow night to recharge the trees. Going on 24 hours at close to 60F here and most of our snow is gone. Thankfully the ice in the driveway finally melted. Good luck everyone!
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    Nearly a gallon per/tap overnight. Almost out of tank space.
    2016- 50 buckets. Made 4 gallons
    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum. Made 30 gallons.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 1713 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets. Made 500 gallons.

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    Froze up earlier then I thought it would today. I did get .25 gpt today. I good freeze up is just what we need.

    Spud

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    I'm with Spud. Things slowed down so hoping to get a good freeze tonight to recharge everything. Definitely exciting! Even for us driveway boilers haha


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    Last edited by Mead Maple; 04-01-2019 at 08:16 AM. Reason: Grammar
    Mead Maple "It's for the kids..."
    Paul Cerminara
    2019 - First season ever
    -Homemade 275 gallon oil drum arch
    -75 taps, all on traditional buckets and drops into 5 gallon buckets
    -Goal: 3 gallons
    -Season Total: 7.5 gallons - pulled taps after running out of firewood and time
    -Fear: Becoming a member of MT.com and getting bit

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