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    Default New season

    Anyone else getting ready for the new season?
    Hobbiest 5 gal. Or so /year.
    When is everyone thinking of tapping. I know it depends on the weather forcast but last year was crazy I tapped late 2/24 ( I usually tap around that time) but last year I missed a couple of weeks of good flow. After the 24th things dried out for awhile and started again later in March.i'm thinking of tapping around the 10th. Has anyone ever had taps the dried up from no flow?

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    I started getting ready a couple of months ago with flushing the lines. This shows where I need to fix them from the animal damage. Still have some tubing to repair. Last year I tapped on 2/12 and untapped on 3/25. The taps had definitely dried out. I tapped a new tree the week before and it was producing but with the warm weather the season was over. I will wait until Feb to start looking at the long range forecasts in order to figure out when to tap.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

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    Slowly getting things ready here. Got the vacuum system all together, going out today to check and set lines. Biggest progress this year was helping 5050 get his new RO built. No sugar shack this year - that will happen after this season, but some progress there doing site work and getting wood milled (Thanks Teddy!) I hope it stays cold for a few weeks yet!

    Best to all this year!
    John
    John

    All red maples:
    2013/4 - A few taps and propane burner
    2015 - 54 taps on bags and buckets, 2x3 Mason evaporator - 3.5 gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2016 - 72 taps on home-built vacuum/mainline system, home built RO (2 - 2.5 x 21 membranes) - 9+ gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2017 - 91 taps on home built vacuum system in heated sap shack, home built RO (40 inch membrane), 13 gallons syrup, dreaming of building sugarshack this year...

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    Default Johhs help

    Yes we have been busy with the RO, and milling your beams Thanks John!!! This week is looking good but no time to dig in now!Hope it hold off a bit???
    Last edited by 5050racing; 01-20-2018 at 06:28 PM.
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    I cleaned out the sap house today and ran some water thru the evaporator to get the dust out. Might swap some spiles out this week and tighten up some laterals. Not tapping yet, but the sapsuckers are and the sap is running where the birds got to the few sugar maples I do have.
    180 gravity mostly reds
    15 buckets
    2x6 waterloo small maple pro

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    Default Tapped Today

    Since the weather looks favorable, I tapped today. May be a little early, but we'll see.
    John

    All red maples:
    2013/4 - A few taps and propane burner
    2015 - 54 taps on bags and buckets, 2x3 Mason evaporator - 3.5 gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2016 - 72 taps on home-built vacuum/mainline system, home built RO (2 - 2.5 x 21 membranes) - 9+ gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2017 - 91 taps on home built vacuum system in heated sap shack, home built RO (40 inch membrane), 13 gallons syrup, dreaming of building sugarshack this year...

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    Default Going for it

    Plan to reinstall all my lines n tap Saturday looks good? I will see if it was easier to remove n reinstall then to fix all the squirrel chew downs that I had last year.
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    Hows the run so far ?
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    2017...crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2016...didn't tap , didn't miss much, Sugarhouse project 75% done .
    2015 22 gallons , sugarhouse started
    2014 ...Best year yet 25 gallons of sweet stuff
    2013 . 2 x 5 evap , still shanty , 178 taps on tubing and 5 gal buckets.
    2012.2 x 5 LS Bilodeau evaporator w/ drop flues...75 taps on tubing , 50 on buckets , still a shanty
    2010. 30 taps on buckets , concrete block and 4 stainless pans

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    Just came in from all day reinstalling lines cleaning totes that went great will remove n install next year n then on way easier then fixing all the chew down n holes!!!! Then tapped all my lines just bucket trees to go only 9-10 of them and its rippin good!!! Checked all vacuum gauges n 2 of 4 full 29" other 22" and one other doesn't have a lot of drop n it was runnin great so that good just have to keep an eye on them the squirrels are bad! The weather looks good some real cold followed by warm its here!!
    Last edited by 5050racing; 01-27-2018 at 06:34 PM.
    2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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    So almost nothing yesterday - maybe 5 gallons.

    Run started late today, I thought it was going to be a bust, but at 5pm I had 50 gallons. I looked just now (before 9pm) and I have over 100 gallons (on 91 taps). Gonna leave vacuum on tonight for a while as it is coming pretty fast still.

    So lots of work todo tomorrow...

    Teddy - get that RO fired up...
    John

    All red maples:
    2013/4 - A few taps and propane burner
    2015 - 54 taps on bags and buckets, 2x3 Mason evaporator - 3.5 gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2016 - 72 taps on home-built vacuum/mainline system, home built RO (2 - 2.5 x 21 membranes) - 9+ gallons syrup finished and bottled
    2017 - 91 taps on home built vacuum system in heated sap shack, home built RO (40 inch membrane), 13 gallons syrup, dreaming of building sugarshack this year...

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