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    Default Hudson Valley

    How is it going for everyone? Tapped 30 last Sat. 2/10 and have collected about 85 gallons this week. Only getting about1.5% so far
    2014 -year 1 - 6 Taps (and some borrowed sap) - Barrel evaporator - 1 1/2 Gallons syrup
    2015 -year 2 - 30 taps - block arch -7.5 gallons syrup
    2016 - year 3 - 20 taps- fire bricked arch - 5 gallons syrup
    2017 - Year 4 - 20 Taps- still boiling outside - 5 gallons of syrup
    2018 - year 5 - 30 Taps - Mason 2x4 XL inside Garage - 10 gal. syrup

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    sap ran strong today and is just a hair under 2%

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    Not tapped yet here in Woodstock, but I'm sure things are moving. This weekend for sure. Doing some work on the evaporator, which will take a few more days at least.

    Average sugar here is 1.8%, and has been consistent for 4 years now.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (36 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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    First boil Sat. on 2x4 Mason, holy smokes (steam). My ventilation system was not up to snuff and filled the garage with steam. Boiled 110 gallons in about 9 hours. Would have taken 2 days on the old hotel pans.
    Got 52 gallons of sap today (30 taps).
    2014 -year 1 - 6 Taps (and some borrowed sap) - Barrel evaporator - 1 1/2 Gallons syrup
    2015 -year 2 - 30 taps - block arch -7.5 gallons syrup
    2016 - year 3 - 20 taps- fire bricked arch - 5 gallons syrup
    2017 - Year 4 - 20 Taps- still boiling outside - 5 gallons of syrup
    2018 - year 5 - 30 Taps - Mason 2x4 XL inside Garage - 10 gal. syrup

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    You are making me jealous.

    I was getting ready to tap this morning, but by the time I had everything together, it had started raining. So, will try again tomorrow. I will take advantage of this warm up to repair the broken/loose firebrick in the arch. Then put it all back together. by then I should have enough sap to start processing.

    My records show that I tapped on this date last year. I thought I was way behind.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (36 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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    yup 1.5 now here also. Made about 4 gallons so far somewhere around 64 to 1 but we haven't done the official math yet ran strong today.

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    Dumped about 50 gallons of sap today. 65 degrees yesterday and 75 today sitting in the sun in plastic buckets, not taking a chance.
    2014 -year 1 - 6 Taps (and some borrowed sap) - Barrel evaporator - 1 1/2 Gallons syrup
    2015 -year 2 - 30 taps - block arch -7.5 gallons syrup
    2016 - year 3 - 20 taps- fire bricked arch - 5 gallons syrup
    2017 - Year 4 - 20 Taps- still boiling outside - 5 gallons of syrup
    2018 - year 5 - 30 Taps - Mason 2x4 XL inside Garage - 10 gal. syrup

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    It spoils quick in the sun! We moved our main storage tank under cover for this warm spell-the tractor has to sit outside- but sap stayed clear and made good syrup! We have covered with a light colored tarp in times past too, but nothing beats boiling asap!
    246 on 3/16 lines, 266 buckets. Balancing life and making syrup!
    Home built 2.5 by 8, auf, aof, induced draft, preheater, separate finishing pan
    brick sap house

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    Well, this nor'easter has made things tough. No sap since Wed. Could not get to my shed where I boil yesterday because of a foot of snow. Got it plowed enough to get in today but no power to run pump or fans. And a sizeable leak in the roof right over the evaporator.
    Try again tomorrow, have about 80 gallons that I need to get boiled.
    2014 -year 1 - 6 Taps (and some borrowed sap) - Barrel evaporator - 1 1/2 Gallons syrup
    2015 -year 2 - 30 taps - block arch -7.5 gallons syrup
    2016 - year 3 - 20 taps- fire bricked arch - 5 gallons syrup
    2017 - Year 4 - 20 Taps- still boiling outside - 5 gallons of syrup
    2018 - year 5 - 30 Taps - Mason 2x4 XL inside Garage - 10 gal. syrup

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    It's so odd that over here in Kingston/Woodstock there was no snow. I did not loose power, but plenty of others did.

    Boiled all afternoon yesterday and now pretty much all caught up.
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    +-150 taps on 3/16 (36 on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x14 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage w/expansion plans for 2020
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on home built arch (cast concrete) with AUF/AOF/steam hood/preheater
    7.0 KW Sun Power PV System, Smokey Lake Filter/Steam Bottler, NGMP 100 gph RO

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