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  1. #461
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCPP View Post
    No sap running on Sunday, very little yesterday (~22L from 62 taps!) when it was supposed to be warm! Today was another story 295l collected from the 62 taps. Not calling for freezing temps tonight and it's going to start getting warm. I'm thinking whatever we collect tomorrow will be the end. We are almost at the 3200l of last year (only need another 300)! Will be close!
    Hope you make it! My goal was 3000L and I’m oddly close as well.

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    Pretty sure the past 24 hours has been the heaviest since I tapped this year. I'm not keeping good records like you guys... (I should) but 90ish taps produced about 700L (185Gal) in the past 24 hours... (1000L (264Gal since Sunday)
    Just a FYI - These 90 are on 6 strands of 3/16" tubing... with very little slope,... but a couple cheap diaphragm pumps to keep things moving with a little vacuum... I have these pumps on temperature controllers that turn on at 2C (35.6F) and off at -2C (28.4F). It didn't freeze last night so they would have run all night. I'm pleasantly amazed that a decent truck battery will keep two of these pumps working for at least 24 hours, when I swap it out. (but I did add a couple small solar chargers... just for fun). The 3/16 system has easily outperformed the buckets this year... I included a link to the pump and temp controllers that I've used, in case anyone wants to play around... No regrets here.

    https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00WYMC492/...528420_TE_dp_3
    https://www.amazon.ca/Temperature-Co...MM04XHCHS9RTFD

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    Pulled my taps today because I had to. 300 litres of sap off of 58 taps in less than 24 hours! Bueno.

    Collected a total of 3075 litres and will hopefully finish tomorrow before I head out of town.

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    Pulled our taps today after collecting about 15 gal from the 62 taps. Almost identical amount of sap to last year (~3200l from the 62 taps). A little more syrop, probably due to more consistent sugar levels. Started at 3.4% on Mar11 and finished today at 3.2%. Getting warm all next week so no point in fighting mother nature! Season was several weeks shorter than last year but production was about the same!

    Now we just have to clean everything and put it away!
    2019 - 62 taps on buckets, 95L syrop from 3215L sap
    2018 - 62 taps, collecting by hand, 90L syrop from 3200L sap
    2017 - Lapierre Waterloo Small mini pro with 40 taps, only up and running mid March so missed most of season!
    2014 - 2016 40 taps making one or two batches on a 2x6 flat pan over an open arch as it would have been done in 1900

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    Finished bottling tonight. 3075 litres of sap equates to just shy of 61 litres of syrup. 50:1 ratio. Not bad for me!

    Cleaning and planning is on the docket.

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    Might be it for me. I don't see any favourable weather in the forecast.

    Not bad, I produced more syrup from less sap than last year. 21L syrup, 910L sap this year vs 17.5L syrup, 1050L sap last year.

    And it was a shorter season.
    2015 - 8 buckets, 332L sap, 8.5L syrup - Barrel evaporator, 2 steam pans
    2016 - 8 buckets, 432L sap
    2017 - 10 bags, 470L sap, 9L syrup
    2018 - 20 bags, 1050L sap, 17.6L syrup

  7. #467
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    First year with pipeline. Approx 220 taps last boil tonight and made 265 litres of syrup. Second year with home built RO which after 2 passes averaged 18 to 23 gallons of concentrated sap to draw off of 2 gallons at a time. Cut the boil in half. Might need to improve my stack temp, what do you think? See below
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    1400 degrees!!
    Yep, I'd TAP That !!!

    325 Buckets
    2x6 Drop Flue Set
    Home Built Arch ~ The Battleship
    16'x26' Sugar Shanty ~ New 2016
    Bombardier SW48 with 300 gallon tank

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    Well last boil for me in redbay today. Started pulling taps as I collected. Should be a little over the 60L of syrup mark so a not bad season for me. Was around the same last year with 25-30 more taps. Going bigger next year with new arch bigger pans and an addition to the sugar shack I’ve been putting off for a bit.
    2017- first year 80 taps 22x36 home made arch and pan. Plus outside steamer pan setup.

    2018- ???taps same arch. New 8x12 sugar shack with additional 4 feet being added. Plan on setting up 2 gravity lines plus buckets. Prob around 100 taps

  9. #469
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    I'm done for the year too.

    Collected a little over 60L on saturday morning from 20 taps. Sap has started to get slightly cloudy and sugar content is down to 2.0% from 2.6% That 60L only made 1L of syrup (some lost in filter etc).

    So overall I did more syrup from less sap over a shorter period of time. I'm happy, but it was a strange season.
    2015 - 8 buckets, 332L sap, 8.5L syrup - Barrel evaporator, 2 steam pans
    2016 - 8 buckets, 432L sap
    2017 - 10 bags, 470L sap, 9L syrup
    2018 - 20 bags, 1050L sap, 17.6L syrup

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