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    Tapping 40 trees today in central Illionis.
    Is anyone in Illinois flowing yet ?

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    Yes, I've collected about 90 gals on about 60 taps so far. Next few days won't be too good but middle of next week, watch out!
    2x6
    60 taps with 15 on 3/16 gravity

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    Collected 50gal.this morning, trees were running well ,even trees in the shade were runniing. It is so windy I am going to wait until tomorrow to boil. By then I should have another 30 gal. or so. I put my sap pails in a creek and covered them with ice.

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    I am waiting on a few more parts for a vac system. I am officially glad I do not have buckets out today. I would be chasing them across the county

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    I finished tapping everything last Sunday/Monday. Boiled almost 700 gals of sap off the last two days. Getting ready to check if it ran overnight. With this weather, it was slowing down. We need it to freeze up again.

    This is the first year since I have owned the 2X6 evaporator that I have been able to make that golden colored, fancy grade, syrup. I don't know what changed. Nothing new from last year to this year. But it sure was nice to see that golden color again.

    Hows everyone's sap content? I'm running 2.2% sugar for my woodland trees.

    Welcome Tony. see your new. Not too far from me.
    Flatlander Sugar
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    Wood Fired 2X6 with piggy back
    Great family & friends to help
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    Thanks, We tapped 35 trees Friday and had 50 gallons Saturday .

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    I am seeing 1.4 - 1.5% sugar. Ugh.... hope it's just early season issues. A lot of my trees don't have good crowns, but I tap everything that's big enough.
    2x6
    60 taps with 15 on 3/16 gravity

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    Finally got most of my taps in yesterday. Collected today after church. Had a few dry bags but most averaged about 1/3 full. Tested the sap from the collection tank and it was running 2.1%. Fired up the evaporator and got the first boil of the season under my belt. Good luck to everybody this year!
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    Boiled 50 gallons Yesterday. Heading out to see what's in the buckets for today.
    Don't have a sugar reading, new sap tester seems to be miscalibrated.
    Last edited by TreeTapper2; 02-22-2016 at 08:21 PM.
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    7th year making sugar
    115 taps first year on vac

    2x4 Flat pan.
    Homemade RO 4x21XLE
    Shurflo 4048 pump

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    Its been a slow week for sure but the sun came out this afternoon and got things flowing again. Looks like tomorrow will be a good day for a change. Mounder, glad to see you are back. Hope all is going well for you up there. Tree Tapper, what/where did you get the sap float from? You getting high readings or low?
    Ordered one of those Shufflo pumps today to try my hand at vacuum. I have three individual lines that all come into together but have their own tanks. I'll have to build a small manifold and link all the tanks together to catch all the extra sap, hopefully. Hope it works as well as everyone else has said it will. I know its a little late in the season, but I'm never ready for season anyway. Kevin, what did you do for vacuum?
    Flatlander Sugar
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    Wood Fired 2X6 with piggy back
    Great family & friends to help
    One expensive hobby!

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