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  1. #21
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    I decided to put 50 taps in yesterday to test things out. After 14 hours I have gotten 50 gallons at 3.4% . Vacuum gauge at the top of the hill was showing 20 inches this morning... overall, very happy so far with my first run at tubing...
    2019 290 taps on 3/16"
    2018 20 taps on milk jugs
    2017 10 taps on milk jugs

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    Ran the new diy RO last night. Wow! I struggled last year with 1% or less sugar. I ran 50 gallons of 1% through the RO last night in a few hours.....ending with about 12-13 gallons of 4%! Bring on the sap! Looks like a good reset this Fri/Sat and good sap weather all next week.

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    Folks,
    Tubing is up! Had a with Tom, new sugarmaker in Local area. He is looking for more trees to fill his new 30 inch x 6 foot rig!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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    Didnít get the freeze but you gotta love high vacuum! 160 gallons today. About another hour to boil yet. Sugarmaker, great job! Taps going in soon?
    136 on high vacuum for 2019
    A&A 2X8, raised flue evaporator
    hood, parallel flow pre heater and air over fire
    12X28 sugar shack

  5. #25
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    I finally finished getting my taps in yesterday. It took me about 35 hours. I collected some sap earlier this week (making it into syrup today), but my trees are only trickling now due to the warm weather without frosts. I'm ready for the perfect maple syrup weather that will start on Saturday morning according to the long-range forecast. By the way, I just put up a general thread about tapping 1Ĺ' holes. You can read it here:
    Last edited by HowardR; 02-07-2019 at 09:24 AM.
    680 taps on gravity
    red and sugar maples
    2 Homemade ROs
    Stovetop evaporator
    Filter press by Daryl
    Star San Tube Pump
    Loves tapping in snow

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    Looks like PA is getting geared up.
    Howard nice job getting started and making syrup. Your tap count is a little higher than mine and its not hard to get that much time into setting up and tapping.
    Gary, Will try to tap early next week? Now it looks like only one warm day????
    Out to work in the roadside sugarbush again today.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbedilion View Post
    Ran the new diy RO last night. Wow! I struggled last year with 1% or less sugar. I ran 50 gallons of 1% through the RO last night in a few hours.....ending with about 12-13 gallons of 4%! Bring on the sap! Looks like a good reset this Fri/Sat and good sap weather all next week.
    Nice! I finally got the refractometer I ordered so tonight we're going to test out the RO. I'm very excited to see what it does

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    Boiling 210 tonight. Another hour to go. Will drain and clean the evaporator this weekend. Should filter and pack what Iíve made. I stopped and introduced myself to iby today. There still under construction but it should be a nice operation.
    136 on high vacuum for 2019
    A&A 2X8, raised flue evaporator
    hood, parallel flow pre heater and air over fire
    12X28 sugar shack

  9. #29
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    Gary,
    Was thinking you were probably boiling tonight! Finally got my collection system in place. Yuk it was rainy and cool typical syrup weather. Looks like a freeze coming, will tap prior to next warm up.
    Couple new trees may get tapped on the route this year to keep the tap count up.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    640 ish roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU & preheater, AOF [TRS] and AUF
    SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One hives of bees
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary R View Post
    Boiling 210 tonight. Another hour to go. Will drain and clean the evaporator this weekend. Should filter and pack what I’ve made. I stopped and introduced myself to iby today. There still under construction but it should be a nice operation.
    I'm really glad you stopped, it was great meeting you..
    Last night I RO'd 150 gallons of sap to about 8% and boiled it for a couple hours...

    This weekend I plan to clean the place up, finalize all the plumbing since I've run it now and hopefully get the rest of the taps put in trees .
    2019 290 taps on 3/16"
    2018 20 taps on milk jugs
    2017 10 taps on milk jugs

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