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    Default done for the year

    I have had enough
    had a fantastic year , made 39 gallons total.
    ended up taking 48 gallons sap to make 1 gallons syrup.
    sap is still running , but I have more than enough to give away and I do not know if I will be able to sell all of the extra , so it is time to stop.
    first year with using 3/16 gravity , had 50 taps on it and I loved it , much easier than lugging 5 gal buckets.
    until next year!!
    good luck to all.
    125 taps
    50 on 3/16 gravity
    75 on buckets
    2x4 flat pan with dividers
    AUF
    steam hood with copper tubing inside as preheater
    570 Polaris ranger with horse tank sap hauler


    2017 125 taps 25 gal syrup (long season)
    2018 125 taps 39 gal syrup

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    i am thinking this will be my last week here in Flint area, It was fun, but am getting burnout now. I do not tap at home, so it requires me to be here at the site for generally 10 hr days, well 6 weeks of that is enough

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    We'll be done this week as well, over 60,000 gallons of sap, over 1600 gallons of syrup made. What a great season.
    Over 100 years of family syrup making, still learning

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugar daddy 1 View Post
    We'll be done this week as well, over 60,000 gallons of sap, over 1600 gallons of syrup made. What a great season.
    now THAT is what I would call a GRREAT season!!!
    good job
    125 taps
    50 on 3/16 gravity
    75 on buckets
    2x4 flat pan with dividers
    AUF
    steam hood with copper tubing inside as preheater
    570 Polaris ranger with horse tank sap hauler


    2017 125 taps 25 gal syrup (long season)
    2018 125 taps 39 gal syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael marrs View Post
    i am thinking this will be my last week here in Flint area, It was fun, but am getting burnout now. I do not tap at home, so it requires me to be here at the site for generally 10 hr days, well 6 weeks of that is enough
    yep, five weeks was plenty long enough for me
    125 taps
    50 on 3/16 gravity
    75 on buckets
    2x4 flat pan with dividers
    AUF
    steam hood with copper tubing inside as preheater
    570 Polaris ranger with horse tank sap hauler


    2017 125 taps 25 gal syrup (long season)
    2018 125 taps 39 gal syrup

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    That was a Great season! Last year I started late and wasn't ready for it to be over but this year I can happily say I'm done. Still have 25 gallons of concentrate to finish. With my taps still pumping out sap like crazy I came up with this little trick to prevent wasted sap flowing onto the ground along with bug infestations and will pull once the taps are dried up and flow is stopped.IMG_20180325_125527684_HDR.jpg Anyone know of any negative to doing this?
    2017 - First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 - 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler to concrete block with 2x 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March!
    Purchased a small transfer pump and 200' hose to reduce walking buckets through dense forest. Love that little pump! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

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    I pulled the last of my taps yesterday. Don't want to risk having the local bears tearing up my bag holders. It's been my best season yet but I need some down time now.

    Latitude:N 44° 50' 25.0463"
    Longitude:W 85° 38' 57.8906"

    12' X 16' Sugar Shack 6/12 pitch roof W/ 3' X 4' Cupola.
    2015 50 used Bag holders. 2016 Purchased a home made evaporator and "everything" that went with it.
    2013 20 taps, propane fish fryer. 2014 40 taps, 24" X 30" batch pan on block arch.
    20 acre Sugar Bush, Sugar & Red Maples mixed in with Ash, Beech & Spruce.
    Deer, Turkeys & Bear live on our property with us.

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    20180326_144917.jpg
    The woods are all theirs now.
    Last edited by Lethalbowman; 03-27-2018 at 05:57 PM.

    Latitude:N 44° 50' 25.0463"
    Longitude:W 85° 38' 57.8906"

    12' X 16' Sugar Shack 6/12 pitch roof W/ 3' X 4' Cupola.
    2015 50 used Bag holders. 2016 Purchased a home made evaporator and "everything" that went with it.
    2013 20 taps, propane fish fryer. 2014 40 taps, 24" X 30" batch pan on block arch.
    20 acre Sugar Bush, Sugar & Red Maples mixed in with Ash, Beech & Spruce.
    Deer, Turkeys & Bear live on our property with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethalbowman View Post
    Attachment 18327
    The woods are all there's now.
    I would call it a year too if I had those in my area. Lol.. I only have coyotes but they can make you a little nervous collecting at night when they get a kill and howl/bark like crazy. I see signs of them checking out my buckets all the time.
    2017 - First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 - 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler to concrete block with 2x 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March!
    Purchased a small transfer pump and 200' hose to reduce walking buckets through dense forest. Love that little pump! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark79 View Post
    That was a Great season! Last year I started late and wasn't ready for it to be over but this year I can happily say I'm done. Still have 25 gallons of concentrate to finish. With my taps still pumping out sap like crazy I came up with this little trick to prevent wasted sap flowing onto the ground along with bug infestations and will pull once the taps are dried up and flow is stopped.Attachment 18326 Anyone know of any negative to doing this?
    If it builds up too much pressure the tree might explode. Just kidding
    Smoky lake full pint on my leader half pint arch
    75- 100 taps depending on how lazy I am
    Homemade RO sapinator
    4 kids who help (at least for about the first hour of the season)

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