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  1. #41
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    Jan 2015
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    missouri
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    Default first harvest of 2017 is very light colored

    got 3.25 gallons from 115 gals sap. good luck to all!
    grove west of Jefferson City
    2014: 62 trees, 8 gallons syrup
    2015: 112 trees, 16.5 gallons syrup
    2016: 126 trees, 140 taps, 18 gals syrup
    2017: 170 trees, 175 taps
    5/16" & 7/16" plastic spiles, drain into plastic buckets
    xfer to 5 gal plastic jugs
    haul jugs out using atv & trailer
    wood-fired pans on concrete blocks
    one Leader Half Pint 24 x 33" plus 24 x 30 ss pan from a junkyard
    cook batch process then finish in the kitchen;
    we dont sell our syrup; its for family & friends

  2. #42
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    Holts Summit, MO
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    Welcome Potatopie17! Sounds like you are off to a great start, I see an evaporator in your future! We have 107 taps out now and just got access to another property, have 37 more taps to put in this weekend. Uncle John, How many taps do you have out this year?
    Matthew
    Highly modified Leader Half Pint with Smoky Lake 2 x 4 Raised Flue
    14' Grain Bin Sugar House
    118 taps on Sap Sacks 2017
    MES Dolly 100 RO
    Homemade filter/canning tank with electric water jacket
    Kubota RTV 1100
    http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/j...Maple%20Syrup/

  3. #43
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    Default hey missouri syrupers- lets see some photos of your trees and equipment!

    welcome potatopie- what town are you near? looks like the mid missouri temp forecast will generate big flows tomorrow and sunday. our trees were dripping a little this morning at 30 deg F but it was sunny. john
    grove west of Jefferson City
    2014: 62 trees, 8 gallons syrup
    2015: 112 trees, 16.5 gallons syrup
    2016: 126 trees, 140 taps, 18 gals syrup
    2017: 170 trees, 175 taps
    5/16" & 7/16" plastic spiles, drain into plastic buckets
    xfer to 5 gal plastic jugs
    haul jugs out using atv & trailer
    wood-fired pans on concrete blocks
    one Leader Half Pint 24 x 33" plus 24 x 30 ss pan from a junkyard
    cook batch process then finish in the kitchen;
    we dont sell our syrup; its for family & friends

  4. #44
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    Feb 2014
    Location
    Defiance, MO
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    Put out 50 buckets this morning and had sap flow before I could get the tap in. should be a good weekend.

    John
    50+ taps mix of sugar maples, blacks and reds
    Home built oil tank evaporator airtight w/Auf blower
    2x4 flat continuous flow pan
    Steam pan filter bottler
    Honda big red and 6gal containers for sap collection
    55gal blue barrels for storage
    Looking to build sugar shack for equipment storage

  5. #45
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    Mar 2014
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    NW Missouri
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    oh I live in Ravenwood, Mo Uncle John.
    And my buckets started dripping again late saturday feb 4th. They are dripping a lot today, and guess ill start boiling again Monday or Tuesday.
    Do you see the temps monday almost mid 50s and chance of rain. Rain helps a lot. I remember 1 year I had good temperatures but the ground was dry and didnt get much sweet water

  6. #46
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    Feb 2017
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    Boonville
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    Hello all. I am brand new to this site. skinny78 just told me about it. I am also relatively new to making syrup. This is my second year. Last year, I collected about 20 gal of sap, and made a pint or so of syrup. So far this year, I have collected 50 gal of sap and have just over a gallon of finished syrup. My setup is pretty low volume and low tech. I am fortunate enough to have quite a few mature maple trees running along a creek on my property. I hope to learn all I can from you all.

  7. #47
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    Jan 2015
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    Default welcome maple creek !

    congrats on your first gallon. skinny is a good one to learn from- hes like a mad maple scientist with his hi-tech operation and you could zip over from boonville to see it. my setup is primitive compared to his. john
    grove west of Jefferson City
    2014: 62 trees, 8 gallons syrup
    2015: 112 trees, 16.5 gallons syrup
    2016: 126 trees, 140 taps, 18 gals syrup
    2017: 170 trees, 175 taps
    5/16" & 7/16" plastic spiles, drain into plastic buckets
    xfer to 5 gal plastic jugs
    haul jugs out using atv & trailer
    wood-fired pans on concrete blocks
    one Leader Half Pint 24 x 33" plus 24 x 30 ss pan from a junkyard
    cook batch process then finish in the kitchen;
    we dont sell our syrup; its for family & friends

  8. #48
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    Mar 2014
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    Florissant Missouri
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    I was in the woods today thinning out some smapper Sugar maple trees. A few of them were 8" in diamater. All were on a steep West facing bluff. During the season I do not get much from the 20 or so trees I tap on this bluff. Every tree I cut down today and I maybe cut 20 was gushing sap. This is March 4th. I wonder if I have been tapping these trees to early. I may delay tapping some of these trees later next year. Maybe wait until late Feb to tap them. Does anyone in Missouri tap trees later then the recommended dates? Maybe since Missouri has very mild winters the traditional below freezing at night and above freezing during the day does not always hold true here. Last night it did get down to the low 30s and today it is 60. These trees did not produce sap earlier when the temperatures were like that.
    Crazy River Sap
    35 taps mostly on tubing
    Block arch on driveway

  9. #49
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    Mar 2014
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    NW Missouri
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    Hello
    I just finished my last boil yesterday
    had 9 boils this season 1/24 5 cups syrup, 1/31 14c syrup, 2/2 6cups, 2/7 14cups, 2/12 18cups, 2/14 17cups, 2/16 12cups, 3/1 9cups, 3/5 6cups.
    Got over 6 gallons of syrup this year. The last 2 batches were strong stuff almost like coffee, and almost purple color. darkest batches I have ever gotten, really good though.
    All from 27 bucket taps.
    This was my best year.

  10. #50
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    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Girardeau, MO
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    Anyone hear the report from Missouri University about their sap production bring low?. I just heard very little about it on radio .
    2012 200 taps on buckets,,, Built me a 2' X 11' arch,,, hope to put most on tubing next year.

    2011 100 taps on buckets, 30x 60 flat pan

    2009 63 taps on buckets,,,, 30x60 flat pan

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