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  1. #171
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    We collected another 40-45 gallons since Saturday the 24th. (from 60 taps) Good thing for the 2 days of temps on Wednesday & Thursday. Total collected so far for the year about 90 gallons. Boiled yesterday, bottled a gallon & a pint of really light amber. Looks like the weather will not cooperate for a week or so to boil again.

  2. #172
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    Was in Vilas county last Monday through Friday, after buckets sat for 5 days. With 66 taps out, collected a total of about 48 gallons of sap. Sugar content must be pretty high. Cooked about 1.5 gallons, but still flowing much slower than expected. Neighbor said they got close to 12" of snow between Friday & Saturday, temps not cooperating. Had a few trees cranking pretty good, most real slow.

  3. #173
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    Just looking at the next 2 week forecast it really looks good Maybe just Maybe we will have a descent season after all 40s and a couple of 50s and still mid 20s at night I hope they are right

  4. #174
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    The few warmish days last week in the far north gave us 67 gallons on about 60 taps. Not great, but the sugar content was still excellent -- about 27:1 sap to finished syrup ratio. Produced a nice medium amber. Maybe we'll get one more good run this coming week before it starts getting janky.

  5. #175
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    Six miles south of Ashland and still fighting snow. Managed to get 36 taps/bags hung; last week added 20 more. Over 2 1/2 weeks we've collected 3 times and have made 3 3/4 gallons of medium gold syrup so far. Sugar content has been very high, with 3% or better on red maples; first collection was 3.8%.

    The winch on the sap hauling 4-wheeler has had it's share of work this year. Certainly hope that the forecast of real spring weather comes through soon.

    Joe

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    New to tapping in 2015! 24 taps on bags - 3 1/2 gallons of syrup
    2016 - 50 taps on bags - 8 gallons of syrup
    2017 45 taps on bag - 4 1/2 gallons of syrup

    Smoky Lake 2X4 flat pan
    New for 2018 - Smoky Lake Corsair Arch and custom built pre-heater pan
    Adding 50 more taps

  6. #176
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    Went up Friday night collected about 40 gallons, the new taps I had put in a week ago ran nice compared to the old taps. Made just over a gallon of syrup. Left for home before the storm hit hard Saturday night.

    2017 - 1.5 gallons on 7 taps
    2018 - just over 2 gallons so far on 17 original taps and added 5 more new ones.

  7. #177
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    Anyone with a good method for cleaning the sap boiling pans? For us, "stainless" steel, isn't.

  8. #178
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSaps View Post
    Anyone with a good method for cleaning the sap boiling pans? For us, "stainless" steel, isn't.
    Search on the evaporator thread, there are a lot of different ways. Vinegar / water seems pretty popular. Easy off Oven Cleaner works but obviously you need to rinse very well. some people let sap spoil in the pan for 3 or so months then rinse, there is commercial products as well.

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