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  1. #31
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    Doesn't tapping early mean stopping early? Holes closing, bacteria, etc?
    2019 - New 12X12 boiling pavilion
    2018 - New Mason 2X3 Hobby XL and homemade RO
    2017 - 49 taps on gravity, 6 on buckets.
    2016 - 19 taps on new 3/16 tubing, 24 on buckets
    2015 - 51 taps, 26 buckets
    2014 - 50 taps, 14 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, new 2X3 continuous flow Phaneuf from Homestead Maple
    2013 - 33 taps, 12 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans
    2012 - 26 taps, 10 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans

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    In general that's probably accurate, but I've never had any issues. I'm also only working with Reds scattered throughout the forest, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference. I always get to the end of March (when I lose interest/get distracted by other projects) without any issues.

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    I'm waiting, you'll have 3 good day but first week in February is looking cold. As much as I wanted to tap this week, I'm holding off till at least the 10th.

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    well I tapped 10 today, about a week later than last year, I'll do another 10 or so in a week or 2

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    Well, I boiled about 10 gallons today. The fire pit worked great and it was actually my first time finishing off with a hydrometer and the appropriate filters. Made a world of difference.

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    I boiled about 5 gal last week, tree's are starting to flow a lot better now, boiled 15 gal yesterday and my son put out another 9 taps

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    not hearing much here, hows everyone doing? I boiled about 35 gal last week not much this week about 8 gal

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    I collected and boiled 50 gals, not enough to sweeten but now my barrels are froze

    Did see a little run today even though it never got above 30.
    2019 - New 12X12 boiling pavilion
    2018 - New Mason 2X3 Hobby XL and homemade RO
    2017 - 49 taps on gravity, 6 on buckets.
    2016 - 19 taps on new 3/16 tubing, 24 on buckets
    2015 - 51 taps, 26 buckets
    2014 - 50 taps, 14 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, new 2X3 continuous flow Phaneuf from Homestead Maple
    2013 - 33 taps, 12 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans
    2012 - 26 taps, 10 buckets, steel railroad toolbox converted into arch, steam table pans

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    Looks like things are wrapping up. Nights have been a little too warm and I've only picked up a few gallons in the past week. Temps look really warm moving forward. This felt like a really short season between the frigid February temps and the warm temps now. I think I only got three boils in.

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    I packed everything up last weekend, trees had stopped producing, got a few boils in not as many as last year but enough to keep the grandkids in syrup for the year! Now to start planning for next year!

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