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  1. #31
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    yeah ive removed taps from a few largely swollen reds but im still tricking along ( making a few last gals of dark syrup for making beer) the guy places him order every year and wants the darkest stuff i can make , but im sure the buddie end is right around my next corner . my bro in law pulled his taps in blandford yesterday, saying his trees had slowed and didn`t want to drag along anymore . it has been a great season syrup totals wise , but holy cow it took lots of gals of sap to get there...... hopefully next season yields a large amount of sap again with higher ( my normal ) sugar content lol good luck to those of you still going or still waiting
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    How did you two do for the season?

    I had very low sugar, despite tossing a lot of ice this year. So not as much syrup as I'd hoped. But I had a good time, and made some **** good syrup. Enough for me, family, and friends. And my wife didn't kill me. So it's all good.
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.

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    I'm still going strong at 2,000 ft. and no sign of slowing down. I can barely keep up with the sap flow. I've been collecting full buckets every day. My trails are all still covered with about a foot of packed snow which makes collecting sap easy with a snowmobile.

    I've made more syrup this year than I've ever had, though like everybody else, I experienced low sugar concentrations in the sap. I think I'll have some good flow this week and will probably pull my taps and buckets next weekend.
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    I had 2% plus for two weeks. It dropped to 1 1/2% end of last week. We should hit our 10 gallon goal this year or darn close to it. We collected a total of 493 gallons of sap for the season. My 3/16" cranked out the sap for 10 days straight. Now it barely drips. It was short and very sweet for us.

    Bigschuss, I bet you have another solid week to 2 weeks or run left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpma View Post
    Bigschuss, I bet you have another solid week to 2 weeks or run left.
    That'd be a good bet johnpma! I think you're right.
    16x24 Timber Frame Sugar House
    Mason 2x4 Evaporator
    90 trees on buckets

    "Roses are red and violets are purple
    Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple
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    93 Taps (including 18 buckets) (12 taps on 3/16” tubing, balance on 5/16” gravity)
    Collected a total of 483 gallons of sap
    Produced 9 ½ gallon of syrup (dark amber early, and light amber late)
    This was a record year for our small operation
    1st Year Turkey Fryer Guru-10 taps and No Clue
    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
    3rd Year 2 X 3 Divided Pan on a NEW Homemade Barrel Unit-45 taps Starting To Learn
    4th year (2017) Mason 2 X 3 Inside Small Shack-85 Taps I Think I'm Addicted!!

  7. #37
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    Wow! That's over a gallon per tap. Nice work!
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time (New baby!) Downsized to 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.

  8. #38
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    We have experienced a good year this year too. We are up to 14.5 gallons so far this year. I am at 2150 feet elevation and I think I will get this week and then that will be it. My sugar content was all over the map this year. 1.5%-3% was the norm. Last weekend was 2%. Some good syrup though.
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    Finally finished packaging everything today and we had a good year. Made 317 gallons on 1100 taps, no vacuum. Maybe next year.

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