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  1. #71
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    right now about 765

  2. #72
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    Put in my first 25 taps (buckets) to test the waters Sunday afternoon in Middlefield/Durham. Waiting a bit longer for my trees in Somers to warm up before going all in. All southern facing taps were running even at freezing, collected 30 gallons Monday. Probably add a few more to catch the next run. Time to clean up the shack and get ready for the weekend fun of boiling. here we go again... Waiting on a new hydrometer and refractometer to come in the mail to see what is flowing this year for sugar...... hopefully its better than the sub 1%s of last year.
    1990-2013 - 35+, 7/16, on milk jugs+3gal galv buckets, 55gal drum firebox, 125 year old 10 gallon porcelain pot, outdoors yaknow.
    2014------- - 40+ Brought the operation indoors, new 10x12 sugar shack, new 2x3 Mason.
    2015-2020 - 60+ 5/16 Buckets, 3/16 tube, DIY RoBucket, on the mason in the shack, me, the dog, sometimes the ole'lady

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    This may sound like a silly question but whatís the best way to store syrup once itís made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltgferg View Post
    This may sound like a silly question but whatís the best way to store syrup once itís made?
    The most common ways for your average backyard operation is either in glass canning jars, or in glass or plastic syrup bottles purchase from an online or local supplier.

    If the syrup is finished and packed up hot (~180F) into clean containers with air tight lids it is safe to store and shelf stable. If it's not packed hot or it has not been thru a canning process you will need to store the syrup in the refrigerator.
    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 ltgferg View Post
    This may sound like a silly question but whatís the best way to store syrup once itís made?
    Agree with the answer given already. For me, an average backyarder, Quart Ball Jars are the best. Visit the 'bottling/ section of the forum for more how toos, theres plenty of info there.
    1990-2013 - 35+, 7/16, on milk jugs+3gal galv buckets, 55gal drum firebox, 125 year old 10 gallon porcelain pot, outdoors yaknow.
    2014------- - 40+ Brought the operation indoors, new 10x12 sugar shack, new 2x3 Mason.
    2015-2020 - 60+ 5/16 Buckets, 3/16 tube, DIY RoBucket, on the mason in the shack, me, the dog, sometimes the ole'lady

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    Seems like the weather is in a very kind pattern these last couple weeks. It's the start of another great run. Just in time to boil on the weekend. I'm up to 4.5 gallons finished so far. Hoping to get another 2 by the end of this run.
    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 just got in from checking all my 58 taps. All are running. Pan is already sweeten' so I'm hoping to finish some out this weekend too.
    2020 New 35 gallon sap collection tank for the gator. Same number of taps.
    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. 16 gallons of syrup
    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 2 sheep 2 dogs 2 cats

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    I'm a little disappointed with my flow. I have a total of 32 taps with buckets. Was expecting to come home today to a good flow day but if I'm lucky I've got 10 gallons in total. I have a buddy with 7 trees tapped and he gets way more than I do. Feel like I'm doing something wrong maybe not deep enough with the drill? 1.5" deep? Does it matter if they are silver, red or sugar? Most are siver with a few sugar mixed in. Any advice would be appreciated.

  9. #79
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    I had poor flow today too, though all were flowing, 35 taps, all south facing that gave me 30 gals of sap on sunday, gave me 12 gallons today. (Trees in Middlefield/Durham) I was disappointed with that, I expected more, but the sun wasn't very strong today, Ive always found daily runs to be better (as long as the temp swings are right) on days where the tree trucks warm from solar heat. Were in for a good run by the looks of the next few days forecastÖ so I wouldn't worry yet. On the down side, I noticed one of my sugar maples has gone yellow already.
    1990-2013 - 35+, 7/16, on milk jugs+3gal galv buckets, 55gal drum firebox, 125 year old 10 gallon porcelain pot, outdoors yaknow.
    2014------- - 40+ Brought the operation indoors, new 10x12 sugar shack, new 2x3 Mason.
    2015-2020 - 60+ 5/16 Buckets, 3/16 tube, DIY RoBucket, on the mason in the shack, me, the dog, sometimes the ole'lady

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    I just keep telling myself that the trees are still coming out of a week-long freeze so today's poor showing shouldn't be something to dwell on! Heck, my vacuum system turned on, sap was collected, and now the RO is running so it was a good day!
    2018 - 25 Red Maple taps on buckets & 5/16" tubing - 3 Gallons
    2019 - 93 Red Maple taps on 3/16" tubing w/vacuum & homemade RO - 13.3 Gallons
    2020 - 160 Red Maple taps on 3/16" tubing w/vacuum & RO - 8 Gallons (and counting!)

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