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  1. #21
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    .... its been slow the last few days sap wise for me, how the rest of you making out??
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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTMAPLES View Post
    .... its been slow the last few days sap wise for me, how the rest of you making out??
    Same here in Savoy. I tried to take my snowmobile out on my trails today to start packing down the snow so when it does run I can actually collect it. Went good for a while...then I got it buried twice. The second time I was so disgusted from having dug the dang thing out once only to bury it again that I just left it out in he woods and snowshoed home. Still too much snow. I'll dig the machine out again tomorrow and hope for a good run this week.
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    Where I help out we boiled for the first time today in over a week. First tank of concentrate yeilded a stong tasting AR then once we started on the second tank the foam got lighter but went wild almost every time the rig was fired.That sap was brought in today and much to our amazement it yielded of a drum plus of the most wonderfully flavored golden delicate syrup...go figure it's March 24! Ran a little slow today,thermometer said it was warm but wind was cold all day.Looks like some good weather for the first part of the week,still snow in the woods but not like in the high country.

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    One of the best runs we have had all year this past week! My 3/16" run was insane and in just two days has given up over 30 gallons of sap for the small 12 tree run

    Big boil today!
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    Default back in business after long cold snap

    Started to run good in the last few days after not seeing much of a drop since the nor-Easters begining around March 6. Looking at my % sugar log based on sap boiled -> syrup made (stopped trusting my instruments, hydrometer markings too hard to read, refractometer calibrated and used right, always higher than actual yeild), sap started in Feb at 1.6, dropped to 1.1 in first week of March and now back to around 1.5% after cold snap. Still making gold. Looks like a busy week here next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GV2 View Post
    Looks like a busy week here next week.
    Agree. My sap just started to flow again yesterday for the first time since that first Nor'easter a few weeks ago. Looks like things are setting up to be a really good week.
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    The saps flowing nice but noticing that the sap isn't tasting sweet anymore. Has more of an earthy taste. Boiling today with fingers crossed.

  8. #28
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    Finished 2 1/2 gallons last night of delicious rich amber syrup........what I collected yesterday was all 2%
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    2nd Year Warming Pans on a Barrel Unit-25 taps Still No Clue
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    Last big boil for me today buckets stopped buds are showing had a great season! Even the tubing has slowed down the last couple days! Had a blast this season for sure
    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!!

  10. #30
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    Last finishing run tonight. Pulled the buckets yesterday afternoon. Trees shut down. Even the 3/16" run isn't doing squat. Time to clean up the gear and tally up our yield, and get ready for turkey season

    Had a blast this year for sure. Buds are out.....I think spring is here.

    Have a great off season everyone. It's been a blast!!!
    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!!

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