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    Default Vacuum slushy!

    After waiting most of the day for the lines to thaw, I finally fired up the vacuum pump. You could hear it running through the lines and see it pour out like a slushy pouring into the bender releaser. But after it got flowing, it ran normal. Checked the lines and only found one small leak! Short run then the temperature dropped.
    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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    Hi Nace,
    I'm in Louisville. There aren't too many other maplers in the area, other than L & M Sugarbush in Salem, Indiana. I'm impressed that you have 239 taps on 3 1/2 acres! I have less than 10 on my 3 acres - all the rest are on other peoples property.
    Dave
    2014 30 taps, steam tray pans
    2015 ~100 taps, in conjunction with University of Louisville
    2x5 Smoky Lake hybrid pan

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    Hi Dave, I guess I need to update my tap total to 350 after getting them all tapped. I had a forester come out under the stewardship program a few years ago. He said that someone had logged the property 40-50 years ago and a maple seeded the whole property. I grew up in pioneer village in Bullitt co. Depending on what side of town you at on, you may find a sugarbush around Fairdale, Mitchell Hill, Brooks Hill, Zoneton rd, Billtown rd. when I bought my 40"x12' king, I thought I had a 12 acre lease but when I finally caught up with the guy, he said he didn't want the tubing I the woods because his kids rode their bikes in the woods. Hopefully, I can swing a lease for next year.
    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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    So you're getting 350 taps from 3 acres? That's pretty impressive. All my taps are on buckets and bags. I have about 110 taps in Shelby county, 25 miles from my house. I could get another couple hundred taps in Nelson county using tubing but I just don't have the time to drive to both!

    I put out around 30 taps over the weekend. The weather for this week looks promising.
    Dave
    2014 30 taps, steam tray pans
    2015 ~100 taps, in conjunction with University of Louisville
    2x5 Smoky Lake hybrid pan

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    Dave, if you get them both on tubing with a tank at both along with one in your truck, you wouldn't have to empty buckets and bags. 330 gallon totes are available at Lexington Container Company, I think they are $125 ea. of course the danger of making more syrup is that you will want to make more, and then you NEED a bigger shack, a commercial kitchen, a cream machine.....full blown maple madness.
    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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    Aye, full blown madness. My wife has already confirmed I'm there...
    Dave
    2014 30 taps, steam tray pans
    2015 ~100 taps, in conjunction with University of Louisville
    2x5 Smoky Lake hybrid pan

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