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    Default 2019 Tapping Season - Connecticut

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I recall last season, tapping started very early, second week of January I believe. Now that itís New Yearís Day and itís 52 degrees out and the forecast does not show for freezing temperatures anytime soon, I was wondering if sugaring season is projected to start early again. Should Intap my trees in two weeks or wait until February? Iím located in Southwestern CT.

    Anyone with insight would appreciated. Thank you!

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    Its good to be ready but I expect ol' man winter will set in before to long. If you tap in too early, the holes will prob dry up on you potentially in the prime part of the season. Last season, I tapped at the end of January and had a great season even though some dried up on me. I like to save some trees as backup for later run.
    Last edited by valleyman; 01-01-2019 at 12:10 PM.
    12 taps for 2009.
    30+ for 2010.
    30+ for 2011.
    2012- Still holding around 30+ with no help in sight.
    2013-Still a loner but what a Fantastic yielding year
    2014- Forever a loner
    2017-Still here, after trying to kick the habit.
    Down to 15-20 taps with the intent to save my marriage.

    Sap Haulers- Kids NADA, I tried but I'm on my own.
    Buckets and Sap Saks, 4 steam pans, Block Evaporator, and single burner propane for finishing.

    http://s778.photobucket.com/home/Valleyman_bucket

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    Hope it's later. Scrambling to pull all my equipment together. Got out 3 years ago valleyman but this year I got sucked in again just because I had so many down trees on the farm. Got to do something with all that wood, right? I too am a one person show.
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    2019 Mason 2x5 XL AUF, 5ft Phaneuf drop flue evaporator with float valve and 65 gallon head tank. 54 buckets & bags and counting. 12 on 5/16 tubing on gravity. 3 on 5/16 drop tubing in 5 gallon bucket.
    2018 getting back into it
    2014 - 2017 sitting out
    2013 45 taps Second Year!
    2x3 flat pan w/pre-heater - sold
    2x3 Hobby Evaporator with blower from W.F. Mason - sold
    5 horses 2 mini horses 1 mini donkey 3 sheep 2 dogs 2 cats

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    Hey CT,
    Welcome back! Sounds like you're a busy solo show with a 2x5, nice ! Yea, funny how sugarin' is like being in the mob...once you're in there's no getting out. And Im just a small time hobbyist with maple fevor. Can only imagine being bigtime.
    Last edited by valleyman; 01-01-2019 at 06:39 PM.
    12 taps for 2009.
    30+ for 2010.
    30+ for 2011.
    2012- Still holding around 30+ with no help in sight.
    2013-Still a loner but what a Fantastic yielding year
    2014- Forever a loner
    2017-Still here, after trying to kick the habit.
    Down to 15-20 taps with the intent to save my marriage.

    Sap Haulers- Kids NADA, I tried but I'm on my own.
    Buckets and Sap Saks, 4 steam pans, Block Evaporator, and single burner propane for finishing.

    http://s778.photobucket.com/home/Valleyman_bucket

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    If you look at the 15 day [not that it's always right] for us, the sap is going to run most every day. I'd be really tempted but.............. I won't have an evaporator 'till the 20th or so. I'd need every pot & pan in Kent to keep up 'till it comes.

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    I tapped on January 15th last year, and every time I look at the forecast now I think to myself "why haven't you tapped already?" I used check valves in buckets (and bags) and had most everything dry up about 6 weeks later. I tapped different trees and the season went about another 4 weeks for me. I'll look at where the forecast is in 2 weeks. This year I'm going to experiment with a vacuum system, and I've digitized as much stuff as I can think to. I just finished assembling a stand for my RO, it should make working with the sap a little easier.

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    Iím ready to go. I have a fridge in my garage dedicated to storing sap since temps are questionable outside. I might drill a hole in one of my trees and see if there is flow. I donít want to miss out on that early syrup.

    I have 18 trees I can tap. Iím just a small operation making syrup for home use and giving some away to friends and family.

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    Just check this out https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCT0102:1:US I'd wait, just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Van View Post
    Just check this out https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCT0102:1:US I'd wait, just my opinion
    Yeah, I saw that too. Cold temps are on the way. Looks like February it is.

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    Mark, post some pix so these folks can see some of the amazing things you have created!

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