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  1. #21
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    If you accounted for atmospheric pressure it should be good. Light syrup is common on a first run, you should have your highest sugar content in the first few weeks of sap collection. The complex nature of syrup colour, taste, clarity from batch to batch are incredible....search it on this site when you want some light reading material ;-)

    Try this App the next time you finish a batch: https://www.saptapapps.com/ it saves boiling water for an hr while getting your thermometer calibrated.

    I bring mine over temp (thicker than syrup) in the evaporator, let it settle for a week, decant it into my finishing pot, bring it to temp and thin it out until the specific gravity is spot on, then bottle. Way faster during finish.
    2014 - 6 buckets, 4 coffee cans and a propane burner - almost 40L of sap and 1.6L of syrup
    2015 - 103 taps on gravity. Homemade oil tank arch and a Smoky Lake 2' X 5' hybrid. - 2.66 gallons of syrup
    2016 - 101 taps, 550 gallons of sap, ~10 gallons of syrup all dark.
    2017 - 138 taps, 225 gallons of sap, 5.55 gallons of dark syrup, still procrastinating on the vac.
    2018 - ~150 taps, I lost track of the sap it was incredible!, over 20 gal of syrup, all dark.

  2. #22
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    Cool App. Thanks for the site info. The second batch went much better and is significantly thicker at 220, as I am used to. Makes sense too according to the site you shared as it says my temp goal is 118.72 according to my location.

    Thanks!
    Geoff
    Big Daddy's Sugar Shack
    2014 - 4 Taps
    2015 - 8 Taps
    2016 - 12 taps, propane boiler 6L
    2017 - 100 Taps, 24L
    2018 - 100 Taps, 100L
    1.5x6 CDL Econo Evaporator

  3. #23
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    All tapped, boosters, releaser & tanks cleaned. Started saving sap around 6 last night, shut vacuum off around 8, probably got 150 gallons. Today looks good, who knows about the rest of week!
    Murray

    About 1000 taps on vacuum
    1 Sap Ladder & 5 cans
    21/2 x 10 Waterloo/Small with preheater & hood,
    Ystec autodrawoff,Homemade filter tank with pump,Lapierre Sirofilter
    Air over & under fire

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    Had a good week! Finished boiling our last sap until after this cold spell passes. We bottled twice yesterday while still had enough heat in the shack. We're up to 40 gals, great start. Kind of nice to have a couple days break, has been a busy week.
    Murray

    About 1000 taps on vacuum
    1 Sap Ladder & 5 cans
    21/2 x 10 Waterloo/Small with preheater & hood,
    Ystec autodrawoff,Homemade filter tank with pump,Lapierre Sirofilter
    Air over & under fire

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    That's awesome! I'm glad to have the little break too, however, I am much much smaller scale than you. Looks like they may pick back up in a couple days looking at the forecast. Hope the next run is just as good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murferd View Post
    Had a good week! Finished boiling our last sap until after this cold spell passes. We bottled twice yesterday while still had enough heat in the shack. We're up to 40 gals, great start. Kind of nice to have a couple days break, has been a busy week.
    Good stuff. We had a great week too, freezing up on the weekend caused its problems and ended up boiling from 5:30am Saturday morning to Sunday morning at 3:30am trying to get the batch finished in an uninstalled shack. My wife officially thinks I have lost it, but, in 3 weeks we have done 42L of finished syrup which is way better than last year.

    Happy for a break like the rest of you, but excited for the next weekly collection on Saturday.

    Filled one of your old bottles the other day Murray, from when we visited many years ago with friends... glad to hear things are off to a good start for you guys.
    Geoff
    Big Daddy's Sugar Shack
    2014 - 4 Taps
    2015 - 8 Taps
    2016 - 12 taps, propane boiler 6L
    2017 - 100 Taps, 24L
    2018 - 100 Taps, 100L
    1.5x6 CDL Econo Evaporator

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    I pulled my taps March 31st. What sap I had was yellowish and only 10 litres so I didn't keep it. Best year for me. Any others done for the season?

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    It's an awesome year! We've got sap coming out our ears this week, tanks are pretty well overflowing. Sugar content seems down a bit, so makes for more boiling.
    Got 129 imp gallons so far & looks like quite a bit more to come. Thinking we will get to next weekend, probably able to go as long as wood lasts.
    Murray

    About 1000 taps on vacuum
    1 Sap Ladder & 5 cans
    21/2 x 10 Waterloo/Small with preheater & hood,
    Ystec autodrawoff,Homemade filter tank with pump,Lapierre Sirofilter
    Air over & under fire

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by murferd View Post
    It's an awesome year! We've got sap coming out our ears this week, tanks are pretty well overflowing. Sugar content seems down a bit, so makes for more boiling.
    Got 129 imp gallons so far & looks like quite a bit more to come. Thinking we will get to next weekend, probably able to go as long as wood lasts.
    Glad to hear it! Making up for last year. Hope the wood holds out.

  10. #30
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    I am pulling my taps this weekend....final tally is unknown yet but it looks like my best year yet!
    2014 - 6 buckets, 4 coffee cans and a propane burner - almost 40L of sap and 1.6L of syrup
    2015 - 103 taps on gravity. Homemade oil tank arch and a Smoky Lake 2' X 5' hybrid. - 2.66 gallons of syrup
    2016 - 101 taps, 550 gallons of sap, ~10 gallons of syrup all dark.
    2017 - 138 taps, 225 gallons of sap, 5.55 gallons of dark syrup, still procrastinating on the vac.
    2018 - ~150 taps, I lost track of the sap it was incredible!, over 20 gal of syrup, all dark.

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