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  1. #191
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    Word from Scotch Corners is 25-30 gallons collected today. This is our first collect since tapping in the afternoon on the 17th. I'm hoping we have 100-120 gallons by the weekend but who knows.

  2. #192
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    I collected 50L yesterday, mine were running really well mid afternoon, I will go back over tonight and collect again. Yesterday morning I finished off the Near-Up I had, it was dark, and by the looks of the sap I collected yesterday and started boiling, it is going to be a light colour.

    I was able to start making my new Barrel Evaporator yesterday which was fun. My wife told me to put it in the forest and then I can spend my weekends this time of year over in the bush with the boys. Not sure about that just yet though
    Last edited by BrutemanAl; 03-20-2017 at 06:49 AM.
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    2017 14 trees, 16 taps... for now 465.5 L collected, 10.5 L Finished
    2016 26 trees, 38 taps... for now 675 L sap so far, 10.5 L finished product
    2015 7 Trees, 7 Buckets
    2014 13 Trees,9 Buckets,5 Water Cooler Bottles,1 Turkey Fryer,ended up with 12 L syrup,light to very dark color
    2013 9 Trees ,13 taps and buckets,1 Turkey Deep Fryer,Close to 15 L of syrup , light to dark color
    Started in 2012

  3. #193
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    @ Bruce...OMG ouch, ouch, and then more ouch. Hope things get sorted out!
    @ Al, pretty good amount of sap, how many trees are you tapping?
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup

  4. #194
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    It didn't really start running hard until late afternoon yesterday but that only lasted a few hours. It was frozen hard for a week and a half so that's not a surprise. We managed to get all but one section of woods checked for leaks and we've got acceptable vacuum levels. They still need one more walk to get all the micro leaks.

    It's not a surprise to hear some of you are getting high sugar content now. The tendency it to get high sugar % the longer it's frozen up during the season.
    4,600 Taps on vacuum - More to come when Time & Energy Permit
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  5. #195
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    Quote Originally Posted by ennismaple View Post
    It's not a surprise to hear some of you are getting high sugar content now. The tendency it to get high sugar % the longer it's frozen up during the season.
    Oh cool so there is a benefit to an extra-long freezeup! Woohoo! Well, three of my trees are starting to go well, the other three are taking their sweet time (harhar). But not worried. Going out to collect now, looks like about 2 g out there. Better than nothing!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup

  6. #196
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    So I apologize for trying to participate, bye.
    2017: added shut-off valves at several points on the main line, 66L made, 13L sold
    2016: Added Wesfab 7" Filter Press with hand pump, 96L sold
    2015: now 216 taps, added low vac (24" hg) to new Sugar Shack (24' x 16') w/400gal storage, 143.15L sold
    ​2014: now 150 taps, added 2 sump pumps to 12'x12' sugar shack w/100gal storage to CDL 18"x5', 2 chamber drop flue, 40L sold
    2013: 10 5/16 taps gravity to hose, boiled on BBQ

  7. #197
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    Quote Originally Posted by NTBugtraq View Post
    So I apologize for trying to participate, bye.
    Huh? What's up, Bugtrap?
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup

  8. #198
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    I think he's upset no one commented on his earlier post. He made similar comment in another thread.

    Don't take it personally Bugtrac. Lots of posts don't get commented on but that doesn't mean people don't read them and find them interesting. Ive been reading your posts and paying attention to what u are doing, as I do with all the Ontario people, but often don't feel the need to comment.
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    Surge Alamo 30 vacuum pump with Lapierre Hobby Releaser
    16x48 Lapierre propane evaporator with Smokey Lake auto draw off
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  9. #199
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    I agree with Clinkis. It isn't that I don't find Bugtrap's posts interesting, but as I am a very, very VERY small-time hobbyist on pails and he has a much more serious setup...I just can't relate when he discusses gallons per hour, or talks about chamber drop flue. I don't know what it is, so on such matters I choose to be silent and thought a fool than to open my mouth and prove it.

    And not everyone responds to my posts, I certainly don't take it personally when they don't. If I really want to get ahold of someone, I PM or email them. Everyone here has their own lives. I own and operate a small business, have a household and property to take care of all on my own. Then I have my li'l ol sugarbush and am working on becoming a teacher in a very specific realm. And am working on carefully cultivating a new relationship with someone very special. So to me sites like this are where I go and spend time when I have some to spare.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup

  10. #200
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    Hey Folks,

    My trees are going again after the big freeze, just like everyone else's. Question I have though has to do with the whole "buddy" issue. I've heard that when the trees break bud, the sap will get bitter and it's time to wrap up. I've got some that are getting those buds starting to get fairly robust, but on the fence. When is it time to call it a "wrap"? So far the season has been great, I've been able to restock our family's syrup supply for the year already and am now in for bonus bottles.

    Good luck everyone,

    TurkeyJohn

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