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Thread: Tapping in Effie, Mn 3/3/2018

  1. #31
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    Bill, there's a lot of words in there for a laymen!
    March 2011- my brain had a weird spark
    3 taps then 14
    2012- 35 taps
    2013-GBM 2x4 150 taps
    2014- Custom 2x10
    2015- Smoky Lake 2x2 syrup 2x8 drop flue
    2016- turbo 2000 and 36 cfm sihi 500 taps,
    2017- SL filter and bottler

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    Billschi. Yes but very short lived. I put a vacuum on 6 lines as An experiment and it only pulled 24 gallons from about 150 taps in 4 hrs. Giving it another shot with vacuum on all 11 lines tomorrow then calling it quits. Only 9 gallons of finished syrup this year.

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    Sorry to hear that.
    I've had three boils, all 1 gallon finished each time. 235 taps in 235 trees. Basically just boiling the sap before it goes bad.
    Pretty sad considering I'm now set up to boil at 20 gallons per hour this year. I will leave my taps in until I know the sap is no good. I really want as much syrup I can get to sell at the farmer's markets we sell at.
    Today we got about 4" of snow.
    Last edited by billschi; 04-27-2018 at 06:19 PM.
    2016- 32 taps, 3 1/2 gallons
    2017- 150 taps, 13 gallons after building an evaporator
    2018- goal is 240+ taps. 20+ gallons.
    2018 Reality- 235 taps, 5 gallons of syrup. Average 50 birch taps and 3 gallons of syrup.
    2019- 180 maple taps, 20 gallons of finished syrup.
    ~ 160 birch taps, 13 finished gallons of syrup.

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  4. #34
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    Done for 2018, pulled taps and nothing but the cleanup now.
    Not a great year but not a total loss.
    120 taps on buckets
    240 taps on 3/16 ( all on vacuum last weekend)
    Finished with 14 gallons of finished syrup.

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