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    Default seeing some early signs of sap/syrup changes at 1200 feet in the Berks

    Did my 6th boil since tapping on Feb 14th. I notices what looked like later seasonal changes this past weekend, more colorful fresh sap, more foam in the boil, and an amber product. (all lighter gold up to this weekend.) Maybe the taps are starting to show their age or inverse sugar starting. Any other in western MA seeing similar changes? Feels a bit early for the transition but it has been a warmer start to the season. Not complaining, it has been a busy few weeks so far!
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    haven`t seen much of any change sap or syrup , hoping the sugar content comes up a bit tho . yeah the trees got alittle to excited with the warm but no worries yet , its only march once the trees settle into the right temps we will be golden or amber for that matter.
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    thanks, west maples, sap was clear again this week with colder temps. I re-read dr. Tim's post on invert sugar and realized it is tied to temps. Also tied to late season bateria but I see now my changes were temporary and temp related. Big snow today is going to make the operation challenging in comming days. Got spoiled collecting by wagon!
    50 taps ave. half on buckets half on 3/16
    2x3 pan on fire brick / fieldstone arch
    started 2012

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    im glad we are getting this snow storm , just for the fact it will help regulate the high to low temps better. if the forecast holds true in my area for the next 5-7 days i should hopefully be drowning in sap , and help me deal with a sweet headache lol
    2x6 leader WSE with AUF, hood,preheater
    waterguy RO
    leader 16 gal custom water jacketed canner
    10 in short stack wes fab filter press
    540 taps on tubing with vac & always adding
    2- benders running 25" hg from GAST vac pumps
    few stainless bulk tanks
    1978 chevy 1 ton 4x4 dually
    IH T340 dozer with 6-way blade

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