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  1. #11
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    Looking to tap next week just before the temps rise. Leader Evaporator Co. came through for me, delivered supplies in three days. Rebuilt the block cooker with mortar so it won't shift during the season. I'll add AUF,hopefully, and increase my gpm. Bring it on!
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    8th year making sugar
    120 taps second year on vac

    2x4 Divided pan.
    Homemade RO 4x42XLE
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  2. #12
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    Put in about half my taps today. Beautiful day to be in the woods. Trees with some sun started running. Will finish tapping tomorrow, hope for a boil on Friday.

  3. #13
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    Tapped day before yesterday. I am trying 3/16 tubing/gravity on 15 taps also.

    Collected and boiled 50 gals last night. It has begun!
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    60 taps with 15 on 3/16 gravity

  4. #14
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    Finished tapping today. Ended up with 65 total. Was hoping to boil Friday but with 45mph winds I just hope my tarp enclosed deck doesn't blow away. Trees with sun were running strong today. Looks like next week will be busy.

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    We finished our 70 taps yesterday. Collected 10 gals this evening with some taps still dripping.
    The next month looks great though that can change at anytime.
    Still have to finish fire bricking the inside of the block evaporator. Did pick up my plate steel for the top today.
    2020
    8th year making sugar
    120 taps second year on vac

    2x4 Divided pan.
    Homemade RO 4x42XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

  6. #16
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    33 taps in this afternoon.

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    I now have all 30 of my taps in. Collected 10 gallons yesterday and 5 gallons the day before. Looks like there was strong run throughout the night. Hoping to boil later today, but might be a struggle with all this wind.

  8. #18
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    Sap ran fairly steady all weekend. Boiled 37 gallons yesterday and have about 5 more gallons this morning.

  9. #19
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    Had a great day Sat. Boiled 105 gallons to make 2-1/2 gallons of Golden Delicate syrup (also meets former Grade A Fancy). Sap was testing at 2.4°Brix, which explains my good boil ratio of 42-to-1. I hope the weather cooperates again this week.

  10. #20
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    Boiled 95 gallons on Saturday and collected another 135 gallons on Sat/Sun. 50 taps

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