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  1. #21
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    No, I actually meant 25 gallons of sap.
    The snow is now going away and the trees started running today. It won't get cold enough tonight but possibly the next 3 days.
    I added 35 more taps today in hopes of some more sap. Now the best I can hope for is 10 gallons of syrup this year with 235 taps.
    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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    Wednesday we received the first real run. Yesterday I collected just under 55 gallons from 235 taps. That is about 1 3/4 pints per bag. That may not sound like much to most of you but, after the spring we've had so far, I'll take it. I will boil it down today. That'll put me at 3 1/2 gallons for the year of finished syrup. It's possible the trees will run this weekend. Maybe another 2-3 gallons of finished product?
    Just so Mother Nature can let us know she's in charge, she's sending us more snow this morning. Recharge.

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    Last edited by billschi; 04-27-2018 at 08:16 AM.
    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.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

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    235 trees tapped and 5 gallons of syrup. I don't think I'm getting any more.
    Now I have 53 birch trees tapped. I've adapted my evaporator with a bubbler. I think I'm going to use this for maple sap next year.
    Bubbler.jpg
    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.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

  4. #24
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    Just went out to the woods last week. Snowshoes were the only option as the snow was waist deep.
    The good news is, I had to use the skid steer to move some snow and the ground underneath was not frozen. This is already a headstart from last year. Last year we had -20 to -30F before the snow. This year we had 2' of snow before those temps. Now we just need some temps above freezing.
    This pic was last weekend.
    snowplow.jpg
    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.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

  5. #25
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    Put in 57 taps yesterday. The trees just woke up. Only 10 gallons of sap collected from the south facing hills in 6 hours. The are running much better than last year.
    Tapping 2019.jpg
    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.

    Latitude 47.278150

    www.facebook.com/livingoffmyland2015

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