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  1. #11
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    I’m holding off a bit hoping for a cold spell; but may end up regretting it. I’m heading out this weekend to inventory and start replacing drops.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

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    Last year I came across some examples of using Growing Degree Days to estimate the end of syrup season. (Not helpful for estimating the beginning). I'm no scientist, so what you see is what you get, but as far as when you can expect trees to bud there is some information that may be helpful here: https://primalwoods.com/revisiting-t...g-degree-days/ and in the links he includes in the blog.

    Good Luck
    Doug
    Maple Creations, Coatesville, IN
    176 taps on plastic bags, 56 on 3/16 tubing
    "Custom" Kawasaki Mule collecting system
    Wood-fired 30"x8' D&G raised-flue w/Steam hood
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    Finished replacing taps today in the rain. Added a few, up to 155. May add another run, we’ll see.
    2014 - 30 taps
    2015 - 50 taps
    2016 - 140 taps
    2017 - 115 taps - 85 taps on 3/16, 30 buckets
    2018 - 150 taps, all 3/16

    Smokey Lake 2x3
    Homemade 2x XLE-4040 RO Unit
    Kubota L3940 - big sap hauler
    Polaris Sportsman 570 SP - little sap hauler
    I'm 1:20 remote from sugarbush, so I let run awhile between boils, and time is at a premium, so I try to oversize things

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    We've got 80 on 3/16" and another 20 on buckets. Ro'ed approx 300 gallons this weekend, boiled approx 80 gallons of concentrate.l Great way to try out our homemade RO. looking chilly for the next few days.

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