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    Default Thinking about pulling out

    We have 53 taps out, and looking at the weather forecast, I think we are going to pull everything out tonight, gather the remaining sap, and be done for the year. We have gotten a poor 85 gallons of sap, plus whatever is in the buckets this evening. With the unseasonably warm weather the next 10 days, and the fact that we cannot gather sap daily, it Makes sense to me.

    Thoughts? and thanks in advance, Pat.

    (We are in southern Indiana, with forecast temps nearing 70 the next few days... no sign of going below freezing for 10 days)

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    It wouldn't hurt to leave them in. If your on buckets just let the sap run on the ground. If it does get cold again you're still in the game. It ain't over till it gets buddy.
    first year 2012 50 taps late season made 2 1/2 gals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deereman76 View Post
    We have 53 taps out, and looking at the weather forecast, I think we are going to pull everything out tonight, gather the remaining sap, and be done for the year. We have gotten a poor 85 gallons of sap, plus whatever is in the buckets this evening. With the unseasonably warm weather the next 10 days, and the fact that we cannot gather sap daily, it Makes sense to me.

    Thoughts? and thanks in advance, Pat.

    (We are in southern Indiana, with forecast temps nearing 70 the next few days... no sign of going below freezing for 10 days)
    We are all looking at this warm spell and wondering too.
    We will get several days of good runs then its going to stop running till the next freeze.
    So if you can collect then it might be the thing to do. Because any sap out there will need to be gathered the same day it runs or its going to get sour quick.
    Regards,
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    Hey Deereman, I'm around the Mt Vernon area in So. IN and been considering same thing, but I'm leaning towards what psparr said. Stick it out a couple more weeks and hopefully we'll get another couple good runs.

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    We are talking, and I think we are going to gather tonight, and take some water, rinse the buckets real quick, and leave the taps in, but running on the ground, and see what the weather does... If we get good weather again, we will just have to go out and put the hoses back in the buckets. Thanks for all your input. Pat.

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    I agree leave them in I don't always trust them weather folks. I'm leaving mine in. just my thoughts.
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    Our bags can get pretty gross sitting out there with sap in them, or blown off the tree, or chewed. We may use a modified version of Deereman's method & bring them all in, rinse them out & hang them to dry. Then if we do get more sugaring weather we can put them back out, or if not they're already collected.
    Doug
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    I am hoping what I collected since last Sunday hasn't turned on me...going to head down to my property around noon tomorrow. I have five 3/16 lines running to two 275 gallon storage totes, and when I head home late Saturday or Sunday I will pull them from the totes and let them run on the ground, rinse the totes to keep out the bugs, but leave the taps in hoping for one more run before the trees bud. Before I started doing this I thought a week of 60's in February was the greatest thing ever!
    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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    In 2015 I took in about 1/3 of the crop in the last 10 days of an 8 week season. That was the first year I tried check valve taps on about half my trees. Lots of roller coaster weather may come in March. Since I have the mess made, I will stay in to the dregs.
    John

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    John, are you using the check valves with 3/16" tubing?
    Doug
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    300 taps on 5/16 tubing & 3 Lunchbox pumps
    RO Bucket R20
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G Model 500 raised-flue w/Steam hood & blower
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