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  1. #851
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    It may have froze a little better than I thought here. I went and cleaned the milk tank at the bottom of the hill and water froze instantly to the inside sides when water hit it. Leaves very crunchy and froze down there too.

    I am hopeful for a decent run starting tomorrow as well. This morning I cleaned the milk tanks, truck tank, evaporator feed tank and the syrup pan is currently soaking in warm vinegar. And I can't see the grass in the lawn anymore either. lol

    Broke my heart to dump 175+ gallons of sap this morning. It looked like I had a tank full of Mountain Dew though. Tasted halfway decent but smelled a little funny, but I felt it wasn't worth the time and energy to process at 1.2%. Time was better spent cleaning everything I think.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
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    spent some time cleaning everything here too. At least the inside of the evaporator is shiny again and not that tan beginning of niter coating. Permeate does a pretty good cleaning job, and better still when its warm. When its warm out learned the hard way not to forget the float boxes and supply/transfer hoses too. When we have to dump precious sap, I just call it implementing the "Sap Management Plan". I aint happy about it now, but will be tomorrow I think. Hopeful for a good run tomorrow, weather looks like it here.

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    Well I guess it's running again..............

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    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2012: Converted the flat pan to continuous flow. 33 buckets. 9.5 gallons made
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps. 162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets
    www.wnybass.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorocks View Post
    No sap yesterday (2/16/18) and with the temps in the teens last night and a high of 34 today, may need to push my first boil off to Monday at the earliest.
    We completed our first boil of the season last evening (2/21/18), and the finish boil this morning (2/22/18). Started the fire at 7:15AM and put the first 10 gallons in my pan (24" by 42") at 7:45AM. Boiled 150 gallons of sap down to 5 gallons of "nearyurp" at 10:00PM...about 14 hours of boiling with an average evaporate of approximately 10 gallons per hour (note I pre-warmed the sap in 5-gallon increments before adding to the main pan). I used less that 3/4 cord of seasoned ash wood, split to 2-4" diameter pieces. Started my finish boil in a 16" by 16" stainless pan on my Weber propane grill this morning...ended with 358 ounces (2.8 gallons) of amber (?) syrup! Below are a few picts.
    syrup 1.jpgsyrup 2.jpgsyrup 3.jpgsyrup 4.jpgsyrup 5.jpg

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