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    Hi Tom, you get appx 1gal. Of sap per tap with gravity on a good days run. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. How are you planning to boil it? I started with 5 gallons of sap, a turkey fryer and a roasting pan. 6 hours later, I had 12oz of syrup. Two words of warning:
    Stove top boiling, will remove wallpaper.
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    With all of the warm weather we have had the last few months I wonder if it will even be worth trying to tap? I haven't done a thing to get ready. Since about a week of warm weather after you start tapping will cause the bacteria to grow and mess up the sap, what will the warm weather do before you tap? Has the bacteria had a chance to turn the sap?
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    The very cold temps were are getting now will take care of any bacteria. Showing cold her for next 15 days so looks like it will be a normal start to the season. Maybe it will stay cold longer than normal this year and have a long season, nothing to worry about at this point.
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    The bacteria does not change the sap in the tree, the tree does as the leaves are opening up. The bacteria will eat the sugar in the sap if exposed to the outside environment. This will in turn cause the tree to "wall off" the "infected" area to stop the bacteria from invading the rest of the tree. Bacteria activity increases as the temp. increases. For every 1 degree C or 1.8 F bacteria metabolism will double.

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    hi afretired, my runs so far were intended to flush the lines, and with my delaval 76 and a 6.5 horse horizontal shaft motor from harbor freight....they are flushed!! plenty of home made parts to assemble my vacuum system, like the coffee can oil reclaimer and drip oiler, but man oh man, what a difference! ive got to tweek my bender releaser because the vacuum is so high, it wont release. just an un-tweek from last years too low amount of vacuum.
    first year at the market 2015!
    I don't act my age so why should i act like i have any sense?
    2014 added a 40"x12' king
    239 taps on my little 3 1/2 acres
    Looking for a sugarbush lease!
    2015 350 taps total
    60 gallons made in spite of learning curve and leaks!
    Good year at the market with all the confections too!
    2016 delaval 76 & with a 6.5 Hp engine gives me 16hg! I think it made my trees 10' shorter.

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    Hey Nace, I am planning on boiling on outdoor wood fire, I have a large shallow restaurant pan. If I can make 12oz this year I will be happy...

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