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  1. #11
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    Agreed, looks like anyone that is plugged in will get some sap next week if the forecast is even remotely close. I'm not sure if we'll make it or not.

  2. #12
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    We are working on bricking the new arch but I don't see us tapping until next weekend 2/24
    2013 135 Taps 35 on Gravity, 100 on Buckets 11 Gallons Made
    2014 310 Taps 75 on Sureflo 4048, 235 on Buckets, 16'x16' Sugarshack, 5" Filter Press, 2x6 Smoky Lake Hybrid Pan (SOLD) 23 Gallons made
    2015 315 Taps, 17 on Sureflo 4008, 62 on Sureflo 4048, 236 on Buckets 31.25 Gallons Made
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    2-24 is what we're planning for, mostly south facing field maples.
    Ed

    Phoenix Farm Newfoundlands

  4. #14
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    Plan is to clean the evaporator this sunday 2/18 and start tapping monday. Should be warm enough and the lack of snow pack should help with tapping

    2014: 200 taps
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    Replaced 120 of 150 drops yesterday and tapped em as I went. Will finish installing drops today and start tapping the rest of the bush today and tommorrow.
    2008---35 buckets--3 gal syrup
    2015---150 on 3/16 gravity&50 Buckets
    2016---350+/- on 3/16
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    2018---700+ on 3/16 added 500gal milk tank

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    Finally finished today. Just checked the pumps and releasers. (8:35pm) sap coming in nicely. 38 right now, should run all night. Expecting to boil Saturday.
    " A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."
    Mark Twain
    900 plus taps , 435 vacuum, 565 gravity
    2.5 x 10 Thor on Tsunami arch
    H2O Concentrater 300
    Squeezing Bees
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    Since 1980
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  7. #17
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    I won't finish getting my releaser and vac pump plumbed until monday. I'm thinking I may hold off tapping until after the 60° temps. That'll give me time to set everything up, sap house ready to go, ro hooked back up, lines repaired etc... and, keep bacteria in the taphole to a minimum. If I rush to tap monday I won't be ready to tap everything nor will the sugarhouse be ready. Decisions decisions.
    Greene Maple Farm Sebago, Maine
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    I am in the same boat over here in Chatham, not really ready so I'm going to miss this first good run. But it looks too cold for a sap run after mid week so I'm just going to hold off. Just moved my Arch into the Sugar house last night.
    Nate Hutchins
    Nate & Kate's Maple
    2018 1000 taps?
    20x36 sugarhouse
    CDL 600gph RO
    Franken evaporator, lapierre arch, smokylake pans and a leader hood with pre-heater.
    A wife and 2 kids.

  9. #19
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    Well I got arch bricked today . Was thinking about tapping on Monday but now you guys have got me thinking of waiting and saving myself from early bacteria. Done some major improvements in the sugar house and just behind. That's pretty much the way I start every season " behind"!!
    2 1/2 x 10 with steam away leader drop flue inferno arch.
    Shooting for 600 maybe 50 buckets
    28' x 18' sugar house

  10. #20
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    At this point I may start tapping every morning next week until I'm done. (Only have a couple hours available each morning) I will let the old lines run for a day or 2 before going to the tank to make sure any snot is out. Adding around 80-100+ taps depending on time. May be boiling late next week??
    Road's End Farm - Starting small with no end in sight!

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