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  1. #11
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    53 and sunny here today. No taps in but a few of the Reds were dripping from where I had to trim some branches back. Cool down is coming at the end of the week. Hopefully this is it for a while. As this is just a hobby I don't even think about tapping until Valentine's Day. Too much other stuff going on, not to mention cleaning up the shack before the first boil. Yes, I'd like a 'normal' winter as well.
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    14'x20' sugarshack
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    Im still holding on even though everything looks right. Today kind of put a pitt in my stomach as the ice and snow has turned to that granular variety that you usually get right as sugar season starts. Im just putting the evaporator back together after shortening for the new pans and addition of air over fire. I hope to get this done the next few mornings then have to add the second membrane to the RO. It looks like the paint in the boiling room is going to have to wait for next year i feel im running out of time.
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

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    Heard an acquaintance across the border in VT with a much more sizable sugar bush has tapped and started boiling, that's my starting gun to give it a run. Think I'll haul out the bricks for an arch setup down by the house and see how much i can make before it shuts back off..by the way, anyone waiting for "normal winter" I think you might be waiting a bit.

    Meanwhile the West Coast is buried in snow and single digits for the last month...if only they had a term for this strange weather inversion.
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    2016: 13 taps (bucket and tube) all sugars, DIY block arch

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    Default Countdown to tap...

    Buckets are clean, tubing is rinsed, sanitizing the spiles as I type and tapping when my daughter wakes up to come along. Here we go!
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    2015: 8 bucket taps (7 red, 1 sugar) on DIY barrel evaporator
    2016: 13 taps (bucket and tube) all sugars, DIY block arch

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    Well, my paltry two dozen or so taps are in for a test run - would say 2/3 were running strong, about what I'd expect in early March.
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    2015: 8 bucket taps (7 red, 1 sugar) on DIY barrel evaporator
    2016: 13 taps (bucket and tube) all sugars, DIY block arch

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    Wait'en till presidents weekend in feb,still working on a new 600 tap installition,but other 2000 are ready to tap!

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    Wait'en for presidents weekend,unless the weather pattern stays the same.then feb 1st,been work'in on a new 700 tap installation,other 2000 sre ready to be tapped as all repairs have been done

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    Im with you sugarman3 I took three weeks vacation starting that week.
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanabe1972 View Post
    Im with you sugarman3 I took three weeks vacation starting that week.
    Wannabe, where are you tapping? I'm just down the hill from you.
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    2015: 8 bucket taps (7 red, 1 sugar) on DIY barrel evaporator
    2016: 13 taps (bucket and tube) all sugars, DIY block arch

  10. #20
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    IN Corinth but im going to hold off. Im not ready. The sugarhouse is 80% the vacuum is 80% my line repairs are pretty much done other than replacing 150 drops. Im going to do the drops while tapping. My evaporator is in 100 pieces and im hoping to have that done by Friday. I have a wireless remote camera to monitor my Vacuum and tank and RO that needs to be installed. Everything is packed up in another shed and needs to come out and be cleaned and im waiting on a large order of supplies to finish everything. Im praying it gets cold again at least until the 3rd week of Feb. Wow im having chest pains!! Jeff
    2018 217 Taps on vacuum
    Smokylake 2X6 pan set with auto drawoff
    Homebuilt 2 4x40 membrane RO
    Homebuilt filter press
    Rebuilt arch with under and over the fire air we have named V 2.0
    Smokylake steam bottler
    Hoods and preheater
    500 gallon vertical polytank to store sap for RO
    Adding a laser eye to my bottler for autofill/stop

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