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    Default Tapped in Laporte County

    156 taps all sacks and buckets hung Saturday, trying to get this early run...over 200 gallons of sap this morning, haven't tested the sugar level yet...boiling soon.
    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.

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    Well, made about six gallons in the last week...now it's going to get cold again, figured it would but it looks like this cold spell might last 3 weeks or more...hope we don't have a short season where it goes from really cold to full on spring/now it's time to plant, glad I started early, in case the regular season only lasts a week or two. Guess we'll find out when it gets here.
    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.

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    Yeah the weather doesn't look like it will be good again untill the last week of Feb. Probably gonna finish up the sweet in my pan this evening when I get off work, and clean my pan and storage tanks

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    I finished off what was left in the syrup pan in the evaporator at the house and looks like everything will be on pause for a while. It was the first January syrup we made before and it was nice to run everything and know it is working.

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    Sap is just starting to flow but I got 200 Gallons this morning...trees have finally thawed out again...should be a great week!
    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.

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    All vaccumm taps in and full throttle. Already RO about 400 gallons and boiled off and will have another 400 by morning. If there was a perfect forecast the next 10 days look like it. Get some sleep while you can. Good luck!
    2011 forest inventory
    2012 feet wet with 30 taps
    2012 friends 2x4 pan
    2013 all in 250 taps on buckets
    2013 Patrick Phenauf 2x6 with steam hood
    2014 350 on vac and buckets
    2014 Indiana Vacuum 20cfm
    2014 Deer Valley RO250gph

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valme...18208831548247

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    Valmere Farms, good luck on your season up north, we're done down here in the south. If you don't mind sharing, where do you get your printed bottles?
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    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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    Yeah I finished boiling 240 gallons yesterday evening. I think I need to build an ro! It's hard to keep up with that much sap on my 2x4.

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    Sugarbush supplies in MI.
    2011 forest inventory
    2012 feet wet with 30 taps
    2012 friends 2x4 pan
    2013 all in 250 taps on buckets
    2013 Patrick Phenauf 2x6 with steam hood
    2014 350 on vac and buckets
    2014 Indiana Vacuum 20cfm
    2014 Deer Valley RO250gph

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valme...18208831548247

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    Love those bottles! Do you mind me asking what they cost and how much you charge per bottle?
    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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