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    Got all my taps in today all the trees in the sun started running as soon as the hole was drilled. Tomorrow the high is 46 and Monday and Tuesday around 40. Should be a nice little early run then back to freezing for a few days.

    Not sure if it's just my mind playing tricks on me but the sap seemed to taste a lot sweeter this year than what I remember from last year.
    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 60 taps 7 gallons finished ended season short
    2020 New 2x4 divided pan ready to get away from the headache that is steam table pans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjadamec View Post
    Got all my taps in today all the trees in the sun started running as soon as the hole was drilled. Tomorrow the high is 46 and Monday and Tuesday around 40. Should be a nice little early run then back to freezing for a few days.

    Not sure if it's just my mind playing tricks on me but the sap seemed to taste a lot sweeter this year than what I remember from last year.
    I plan on tapping next week. We are expecting 0 degree temps in the coming days. The 15 day forecast calls for above freezing days and below freezing nights. Just what we want.

    Let us know how your first run turns out!

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    Last I checked, at 330 pm, both of my two 3/16 runs were a solid stream into my barrels. Still tastes sweeter then last year.

    As of 7pm it's still 41 outside should be above freezing thru 1am where I am.

    Hoping by Wednesday morning I will have enough to start a boil. Need 25 gal just to fill my evaporator. At least 100 gallons to make it worth finishing anything.
    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 60 taps 7 gallons finished ended season short
    2020 New 2x4 divided pan ready to get away from the headache that is steam table pans

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    Not a bad day collected 50gallons of sap from last night's run. I'm hoping for another 50 gallons or so tomorrow night so I can boil everything Wednesday before I end up with big blocks of ice.

    My cheap refractometer and my tounge are telling me I have sweeter sap this year.

    Putting my new sap hauler to work.
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    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 60 taps 7 gallons finished ended season short
    2020 New 2x4 divided pan ready to get away from the headache that is steam table pans

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    I have a small set up with 48 on tubing and 30 buckets by looking at the weather I will tap on Sunday.

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    What are you using for a pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjsdime View Post
    What are you using for a pump?
    I got a 12v transfer pump from amazon last year it works well but isn't the quickest in the world. It takes about 3 min to fill a 5 gallon bucket. Last year I just carried an old battery with me, luckily this year I upgraded to a new tractor which carries the buckets and the battery for me now.
    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 60 taps 7 gallons finished ended season short
    2020 New 2x4 divided pan ready to get away from the headache that is steam table pans

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    Tapped my trees today. Currently 40 degrees outside and abouve freezing temps during the day in the forecast and below freezing nights. Iím a very small operation, mainly for personal use and some give to friends.

    13 taps today. I have a few more I could tap, but with my work schedule and storage restraints, I can only make syrup once a week. Iíd rather not be discarding sap for no reason.

    Hopefully I get a good first run for that delicious light golden color.

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    The weather this week looks like a really nice run. My weather station said 47 at around noon. Both my tubing runs are running very well at the moment.
    2017 25 taps on buckets got me hooked 1 gallon of sweet
    2018 51 taps on 3/16 tubing/ DIY oil tank evaporator 8.5gallons finished
    2019 60 taps 7 gallons finished ended season short
    2020 New 2x4 divided pan ready to get away from the headache that is steam table pans

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    I tapped one - Really, all I had time for - More tomorrow for sure. Not where I want to be right now doing an evaporator upgrade, but thats how it worked out. More to come on that subject...................

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