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  1. #11
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    Finished with 7 gallons off 15 taps, producing 285 gallons of sap for an average sugar of 2.5%. I tapped 2/13, started collecting 2/15, and pulled everything 3/31. I noted that the best sap days in terms of volume followed the snow storm in late February and two storms in March.
    2x4 concrete block arch with three steam trays
    Separate warming stove/steam tray
    2016 12 taps, 3 gallons
    2018 15 taps, 7 gallons
    Mostly sugar maples, a few reds on 200 year old homestead

  2. #12
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    Whoís still at it? Filtered off 10 gallons of dark amber tonight, looks like 3 more freezing nights left then itís all over for me. Sugar content was around 3% from yesterdayís run. Not sure the next sap will be good for anything beyond commercial but who knows.
    Smoky Lake 2x8 Raised Flue
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    5 Buckets
    300 Gravity
    120 High Shurflo vac

    7" Wes Fab Filter Press
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  3. #13
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    We're still going. Got a couple more days from the looks.
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    Sebago, Maine
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  4. #14
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    About 1/2 of my taps are pulled but I am still collecting. Sap is still pretty clear but the brix is about 1.4 - 1.8

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps, enough is enough
    Drop lines and buckets
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

  5. #15
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    Still running good, but at 1.4% now. Also, even with the RO I am making very dark grade. Looks like a couple more freezing nights and that'll be it.
    Road's End Farm - Starting small with no end in sight!

  6. #16
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    Finished up the final boil of 2018 tonight. Need to bottle up 10 or so gallons of dark before the cleaning saga begins.
    Smoky Lake 2x8 Raised Flue
    Mason Arch

    5 Buckets
    300 Gravity
    120 High Shurflo vac

    7" Wes Fab Filter Press
    Mason Finisher
    Mason Water-Jacketed Canner

  7. #17
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    Iím done for the year. Spent 2 solid days doing clean up and I still have some buckets and lines to clean. We have lots of good syrup so itís well worth it. I increased my yield about %50. Great season. Now itís time for some fishing

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps, enough is enough
    Drop lines and buckets
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

  8. #18
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    Wrapped up a few days ago, still some bottling to do but will be up over 85 gallons for sure. It was a decent year, still learning and always adjusting.
    Road's End Farm - Starting small with no end in sight!

  9. #19
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    Way to go Roads End. Good season. We are always learning I hope

    2014: 200 taps
    2015: 246 taps
    2016: 250+ taps
    2017: 300 taps
    2018: 300 taps, enough is enough
    Drop lines and buckets
    2 X 6 raised flue evaporator
    12 X 16' sugar shack
    Sugar and red maples

  10. #20
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    Skowhegan, Maine
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    It was a sweet season! The sap flowed at the perfect times to allow us to boil on the weekends and it was a great time overall. We made about a third more than last year and had a fun time doing it! Overall I rate it an A!
    325 taps
    2x6 Phaneuf
    Illegitimati non carborundum

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