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    Default Chautauqua County, NY

    Just for the heck of it I just tapped a silver maple in the yard 30 minutes ago. Just checked the sap sack and I have over 2 cups of sap so I checked sugar and it's a solid 2%. Not ready to start this season yet. I did not do any last year and I got the bug. Maybe after Christmas I may start a few and see how my new RO works for me.

    It seems that the weather has been ideal sugaring weather as its been below freezing at night and above 36 during the day for the last month and the long range forecast does not look that much different.

    Anyone else tapping early?????

    I have never tapped before Valentines Day and most of the producers around here tap mid Feb also.
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    I'm waiting until at least mid January, and hopefully into February a bit. I know it is running now, but I am still optimistic that we will have a good cold spell for some of the winter. My gut is telling me we are not though.
    Noel Good
    1998 to 2009: 15 taps on buckets, scavenged fire pit and pans
    2010: New 2x4 SS flat pan w/preheater
    2015: New to me Lapierre 18x60 raised flue, new shack, new everything!! 59 taps 23.75 gallons made
    2016: 85 taps 19 gallons
    2017: Purchased 2.5 acres and tubed half with 3/16. 145 taps total 49.25 gallons made
    2018: 200 taps (162 on 3/16ths 38 on buckets) New NextGen RO 63 gallons made
    2019: 210 taps 73.5 gallons made
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    Put out 23 more taps on 12/22/2018 and had a nice little run today (12/23), did not collect but estimate about 8 or 10 gallons total from the silvers and sugars. Reds not running yet.
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Going to do my first boil in the morning. It is windy here so I did not collect from the sap sacks. Estimate about 12 gallons hanging and have 35 gallons of sap already. Not that much for you bigger guys but good start for this backyard-er. I think I have enough to try out the RO.
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Boiled yesterday until i ran out of sap and had just enough for cooling down. Put the sweet in a pot and finished on the turkey fryer after work today. 3 quarts of syrup for the start of 2019. Good thing too because I only have 1 12 oz bottle left.
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    About what percentage sugar are you getting? I'm in Columbia County and it's been really warm here as well, considering tapping this weekend or next.

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    I have mostly silvers and a few sugars. It's been 1.6 to 2.0 which is where my silvers and sugars tend to be when I tapped in late Feb in the past. Yesterday and today's total for 14 taps was 10 gallons sap total. Hoping for a better run Sat 1/5/19
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Well I had a good run yesterday, collected 10 gallons from the 14 taps I had out. Seemed the trees were still frozen in the morning but by late afternoon they started to really flow. I could see a good amount of sap in the bags along the driveway, (in the dark) as I was leaving for work this morning. Will be collecting when I get home and I should be boiling this weekend for sure. Sugar maples really flowing, silvers are doing well and the reds are just starting a bit.
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Just got done making 29 more PVC sap sack holders. I'm getting ready to put out the rest really really soon.
    backyard hobbyist
    Mason 2x3 w/AUF
    2020 - added small vacuum and gravity 5/16 tubing and sap sacks
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Tapping tomorrow see if I can get at least 900 done might as well saps running pretty good

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