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  1. #11
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    I'm regretting not tapping last weekend; but it was pretty cold out and I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and my family help made it pretty clear they weren't doing anything outside. Will try for this weekend. I had hoped to get some 3/16 pre-installed; but that didn't happen.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  2. #12
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    Now the forecast looks warm.....maybe too warm. Crazy,crazy weather.

  3. #13
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    Been watching the same weather, and I'm debating not tapping now also because it's not getting cold again in the next 10 days and I've missed the initial thaw by several days. May just go out and run some 3/16 line and set up a collection drum.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  4. #14
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    Decided to hold off till next weekend to tap. Looks like perfect weather that next week; if the long range forecasts hold out. I did get out and run 3/16 tubing for 25 taps, a learning experiance for me as I'm new to any sort of tubing. I need to order more tubing. Now I need to get my RO working that I built last year but never actually got operational.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  5. #15
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    Not tapping here, either. Hoping the long range holds for next weekend.

  6. #16
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    I will be waiting until first week of Feb 2017 due to vacation plan. First boil last year was on 1/29. The long range temperature forecasts for central Indiana show freeze/thaw over 8 days out. Mom Nature holds all the cards. :-)
    John

    100+ Taps, 40 on 5/16 tubing

    Lunchbox Vacuum/Releaser, hodorskib's Small Scale RO

    3x7 Stainless Flat Pan

    No chickens........yet.

    http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/c.../Maple%20Camp/

  7. #17
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    Looks like the long range forecast keep changing and it's another week ahead above freezing. I'll keep watching, but may hold off another week.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  8. #18
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    Now they're calling for freezing starting next Thursday; so I'm planning on tapping this weekend.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  9. #19
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    Newburgh ny
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    Default Tapping Friday the 20th

    Can't wait to tap, tomorrow is the day gonna tap 84 maple west, probably 12 taps gonna save 84 maple east based on the results of the west. Keep everyone posted. Feels like Christmas but sweeter!!
    Kevin Lonce
    84 maple works


    2015 2 taps one bottle
    2016 20 taps 28 bottles
    2017 33 taps 40 bottles
    2018 coming soon

  10. #20
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    Good luck to all. Since my taps are an hour and a half from home and I can't afford to have sap sit in warm weather I am still waiting. I'd love to tap in 60 degree weather, but I'm better served by waiting until the end of a cold snap. Plus, I'm reusing some taps so I want to make sure they don't go dry before the season is over.
    2014 - 8 taps, turkey fryer, 130 gallons sap, just under 2.5 gallons syrup.
    2015 - 50 taps and counting.
    2016 - 60 taps on 3/16 and a Bill Mason evaporator on order.
    2017 - 115 taps on 3/16, homemade r/o.
    2018 - 150 taps on 3/16, r/o a big help, but lots of leaks killing yield.
    2019 - sticking with 150 taps or maybe less, focusing on good vacuum and less waste to increase yield. Doubling up my r/o, and made a vacuum filter that looks promising.

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