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  1. #21
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    Andrew, good luck to you also. I checked my two runs, and one was dry (on a north slope), and one has about 40 gal (east slope). I need to rig up the tank on the ATV before that freezes. I have other repair to do today, but will be tapping tomorrow.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 143 taps so far, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit - Fairly new, need to get familiar with
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

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    Collected 80 gallons, first boil tomorrow!

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    First boil of the season went smoothly, 80 gallons reduced to 3.5, will finish on propane. great day to be in the sugarhouse, had sun, snow, cold temps, and steam rising from the cupola through it all. Felt good.

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    Boiled 75 gal sap today also. Made 1 gal of finished syrup. Same sugar content as last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchell tapper. View Post
    Boiled 75 gal sap today also. Made 1 gal of finished syrup. Same sugar content as last year.
    What are you seeing for sugar content? Our sap went 3.25% on the refractometer, but that seems high to me so not sure I trust itís accuracy.

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    Tony, I donít have a refractometer. Rule of 86 has it at 1.14 if I figured it correctly. Be great to have 2 gal rather than 1 but Iíll take what I can get.

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    Iím up to 106 taps all on 3/16. Still have trees for a few more runs; but the bottom of their run would be on a tough trail; so weíll see about those. My 40 gal of sap was freezing back up in my collection barrel yesterday, so I let it freeze and figure itíll probably be an ice cube for the rest of the week.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 143 taps so far, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit - Fairly new, need to get familiar with
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapping Wolf View Post
    I'm up here in Laporte Co. just getting all my gear set up for the season, I plan on tapping between the last week of Jan. And 2nb week of Feb. watching the temps really close though.
    Change of plans? If the current forecast holds I might start tapping by next week. Here in laporte county, hate to be late to the dance.
    2016:100 taps added a JD 1023 sub compact tractor
    2015:break (new baby)
    2014: 70 taps, replaced my concrete arch with a manufactured
    2013: Added 15 more taps and a 18x24 warming pan
    2012 : 36 Taps, 2x4 divided pan on a concrete arch
    2006-07: Assisted an 'Old Timer' with 200 tapps, and his wood fired evaporator up in Wis.
    1986-1993: 5 taps, Boiled on a wood stove in Northern Mich.

  9. #29
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    I've got 106 up so far, all on 3/16. Nothing was running for me. I let the 40 gal freeze from last week. Figure it'll be an ice cube all week. I set up 4 new runs, re-tapped 3 old ones, with one old one to go. I also have several more possible new ones, but the trail they end on is dicey getting up; I had to use the winch today.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 143 taps so far, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit - Fairly new, need to get familiar with
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

  10. #30
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    I'm going to trek down to my property and put the lines in the storage tanks to start collecting tomorrow evening, then hoping for a lot to accumulate over the rest of the week and weekend. Plan on going back down Sunday and Monday to boil...then things look good for the next week as well!
    2013 - one tap to appease my 5th grade daughter who learned about it in school...covered her pancakes for one meal.
    2014 - 8 taps, turkey fryer, 130 gallons sap, just under 2.5 gallons syrup.
    2015 - 50 taps and counting, no help from either of the kids, I'm over my head.
    2016 - 60 taps on 3/16 and a Bill Mason evaporator on order - 30 ready to put in if I can get it bricked and set up in time.
    2017 - 115 taps on 3/16, can't wait to try my home built r/o - I may sleep some on weekends!

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