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  1. #61
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    Not what I'd hoped for, but a bit over 100 gallons of sap today. Ran the ro for 6 hours then decided the wind was too strong, it was too muddy, and I wanted to get home to watch the IU game, so I packed my concentrate, the ro, and 40 gallons of sap and rolled home. Ran the rest through the ro then realized how slow the turkey fryer is...should have stayed. Still, down to 14 gallons that I will finish tomorrow.
    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!

  2. #62
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    I had almost no run through yesterday, so I let it run overnight and collected in the rain this morning. That wasn't really fun. Ended with about 2 gal of syrup. I did take the free day that Sat. became to run another line with 8 taps. I also installed more vacuum gauges and checked all the runs for problems. One of my best runs wasn't flowing, fixed it by hooking up a hand pump to and and forcing water through it. Figure some old mold broke loose and was stuck in a tee. While troubleshooting; found one tap just leaking air, so cut it out leaving me with an evan 150 taps.
    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

  3. #63
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    After Sunday we are forecast for 5 straight days in the 50's with lows in the 40's...I think the clock is ticking for me in southern Indiana.
    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!

  4. #64
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    It ran very heavy today. No R/O so probably take me 3 long evenings to keep up.

  5. #65
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    Agreed. Buckets overflowing and tubing running a stream. We’ve got 200 gallons of sap in storage, gonna’ try to keep it till the weekend. If successful, this will be our biggest season to date. Incredible year.

  6. #66
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    Sap was flowing very good the past 2 days for me in southern Indiana. Like Andrew said, after Sunday doesn't look good down here. Saturday is the last day in my forecast with temps dropping below freezing and they are predicting a high of 70 on Tuesday.

  7. #67
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    We went down to the IU game last night so I swung by my property and had about 150 gallons in the tanks. Loaded 60 gallons into buckets and brought home in case the rest doesn't keep until Saturday. Ran the ro and turkey fryer and took it down to 55% in 6 low stress hours. Hoping to boil through the night Saturday.
    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!

  8. #68
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    I’m overflowing with sap. Must be 400-500 gal. Most of my barrels were running over.
    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

  9. #69
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    Record run for me. Started w/almost 600 gal. Knocked it down to about 30-40 gal of 13% with my RO. Ended with a bit over 8 gal. Unfortunately, that's probably it down here in the southern part of the state. This run had low sugar content and was getting cloudy. Looks too warm for the next two weeks. Probably be pulling taps if we don't get a cold spell in next 2 weeks.
    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. #70
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    Wow, dsaw...that's a haul! I saw your earlier post and had high expectations, but only had about 150 gallons. I think I'll run down tomorrow and load what I can into my car to bring home and process since I don't have time to spend the night. I'm pulling my lines and rinsing tanks out tomorrow, but not pulling taps just yet. Weather forecast has me thinking we'll be seeing buds though. Oh well...it was a good year, and if I leak check better and put in vacuum gauges next year I'm sure my volume will go way up.

    Just curious, what ro do you use? My is a homemade with 4 185 gpd cartridges, and it's been a game changer, but I get around 8% and it's only pulling out about 10 gph of water...thinking about upgrading.
    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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