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  1. #51
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    Default First run

    Results of first run. Sap started at 2deg and went to 2.25 half way. Made 18.5 gal. All hard maples. Good start.
    Maple Syrup producer of 40+years
    320 taps on vacuum all hard maple
    3x12 Lapierre evaporator
    South Madison

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodburner View Post
    Results of first run. Sap started at 2deg and went to 2.25 half way. Made 18.5 gal. All hard maples. Good start.
    Great to hear, thanks for the update.

    Test boiling some water tomorrow on the new evaporator - Looking to tap our 150 on vac Sunday, looks like we'll likely have potential light runs Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri next week then hopefully we continue the warmup into the week of the 18th. I considered waiting til next weekend, but eh - my patience has run out and these reports sound positive. Spoke to the folks at Gingerich yesterday and they have about 4300 of their 6000 tapped at this point and producing well (middlefield).
    12x18 Pine & Cedar Sugar House
    150 Taps on Vac - Dave's Super Sap Sucker
    Smoky Lake 2x5 custom raised flue with SSR
    Hood + Preheater + Water Jacketed Draw-off + Auto Draw
    Concentric Exhaust + Smoky Lake filter press + Bottler
    Lapierre 520g tank + Smoky Lake Head Tank
    Third generation farm - brought back the tradition in 16'

  3. #53
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodburner View Post
    Results of first run. Sap started at 2deg and went to 2.25 half way. Made 18.5 gal. All hard maples. Good start.
    Curious if that is higher or lower sugar than normal.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

  4. #54
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    I am way south of you guys, but my sugar content is up .3 percent from last year. That is still only 1.5. I never get high sugar content, if I got over 2% I'd be beside myself.
    100 -110 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

  5. #55
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    We had 2deg at best last year. We have had some very sweet runs over the years , our best was a run after a cold spell that ran better than 30 to 1 for the whole day. Never had it that good again. We thought we were in heaven, we were getting a batch off every fire up. We usually start better than 2 and end a little below. It is a bad year when we start below 2.
    Maple Syrup producer of 40+years
    320 taps on vacuum all hard maple
    3x12 Lapierre evaporator
    South Madison

  6. #56
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    By the looks of your sugar content, and your history, this should be a better year than last.

    I spent today poking away at setting up the new releaser...made and installed a bracket mount for it on the outside wall of the sugar house.

    Tomorrow I hope to get the moisture trap put up and get it all plumbed into the vac line I installed last weekend.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

  7. #57
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    Never fails. First day I want to tap and we get a fresh blanket of snow.😁 We will be going out in about an hour and start tapping about 300 trees today. Vacuum is all hooked up and ready to go. Pump out lines are all ready to go and I'm hoping the sugar house is already to go. Thanks to H&M we have a another new addition to the sugar house. It's a 15 gallon water jacket bottler. Can't wait to use it. Also this will be our very first year to boil our own syrup on our new Smoky Lake 2x8 evaporator.

  8. #58
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    Got the majority of 530 tapped yesterday and finished up this morning. Lines and trees still froze, but vacuum is hooked up and on, so maybe we'll see some run tonight.
    Mike

    450 taps on vacuum - 2018 - 150 gal
    530 taps on vacuum - 2019- ??? gal
    24 x 32 Pole Barn Sugar House 2018
    Smoky Lake 2x8 Silverlake Raised Flue w/ concentric exhaust 2018
    Memprotec 350H RO
    Smoky Lake Water Jacket Bottler 2018
    Smoky Lake Filter Press 2018
    Smoky Lake Water Jacket Draw Off Tank 2018

  9. #59
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    My new tank is ready to be picked up and almost finished with plumbing up the vac system.

    I hope to be ready to tap by the first of next week.

    Did any of you, who are tapped, see any significant sap this week?
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection 2019
    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

  10. #60
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    I will be tapping probably this weekend in Ashtabula County. Looking at accuweather after seeing Chris' post on the NW Pa thread, I don't see a whole lot of good sap weather until mid March. A day or two here and there but that's it. Of course, extended forecasts are usually wrong anyways.
    262 taps on medium vac, downsized from 1000 taps
    Smoky Lake 2x8 Silverplate raised flue, same side reverse
    Leader MicRo2 Reverse Osmosis
    Smoky Lake Great Lakes Guardian Auto Draw
    Wes Fab 7" short bank filter press
    Gast 3040 vac pump, Lapierre electric releaser
    A&A Finish Tank
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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