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  1. #21
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    My trees gave up. I sure hope they start running when the mercury rises!

  2. #22
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    Folks,
    Tapping the rest of the roadside sugarbush today. Hoping for a warming trend this week.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  3. #23
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    Sap started running again at my place. Nothing yesterday but 7 gallons today. My sap hydrometer arrived yesterday so I tested my sap. It tested out a 2.25. I am now running it through the RO and will do so a second time. I hope to have 6-8 gallons of concentrate for a weekend boil

    After the first pass through the RO bucket I was almost 5%, then about 8% after the second pass
    Last edited by Skeller001; 02-13-2019 at 08:13 PM.
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

  4. #24
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    Folks,
    Got a sap run late yesterday but had other commitments today and couldn't get it gathered. It will be a challenge tomorrow. Probably many 100 lb sap cubes! Maybe can get some sweet from the center???
    Warming some in the PM tomorrow.
    Typical hurry up and wait!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  5. #25
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    Things are a little slow here. Hopefully it will run some tomorrow and Friday.
    Last week I boiled about 240 gallons; sweetened the pans and made about a half gallon of syrup.
    I have to say the window looks a little small for the next two days, but you never know.
    Next weeks forecast doesn't look to promising either!
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

  6. #26
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    Sap was running here as well. My tank at the main sugar Bush was frozen pretty solid so I wasn't able to collect anything there. But my one silver in the front yard was running pretty well. Got 2 gallons of 3% out of it today.
    Adam

    2016: 6 Taps and a propane turkey fryer
    2019: 51 Taps on 3/16 gravity tubing
    Homemade Oil Tank Evaporator
    Badgerland by Smokey Lake 2x4 divided pan

  7. #27
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    Folks,
    Yea this doesn't look great for syrup making till mid March if you can believe the Accuweather forecast!
    Sometime today or tomorrow will be the great sap ice cube dumping competition. I feel bad I was not able to get out and get it gathered yesterday. Big mistake on my part.
    May get a little run starting tonight and through tomorrow night.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

  8. #28
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    I picked up another 8+ gallons of sap today. That is up 2 gallons from yesterday. So a little more than a half gallon per tree. If you guys are saying it is slow now what is normal???
    Steve

    SE Pennsylvania newbie

    2019 - 2 Gallons so far
    14 taps with drop lines and buckets
    RO5
    turkey fryer with 6” deep pan

  9. #29
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    Skeller001:
    We are slower because it's a lot colder where we are located. I just went down and turned my vacuum off.
    The roofs are dripping, but my lines are frozen already. Tomorrow will be a good day here.
    Barely below 30 tonight, and almost 50 in the afternoon.
    Then it looks to be cold until the end of next week.hth
    90 taps on vacuum
    155 taps on 5/16 gravity
    105 taps on 3/16 gravity
    about 45 buckets
    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

    http://s848.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Sugarshack/

  10. #30
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    Gathered 180 gallons of 3%+ sap. Boiled it in with some new friends over tonight. Sweetened the pans to about 15%. If we get a small run tomorrow we might make syrup! Gathering was a challenge. Slush and ice in the tubs but no solid cubes! Whew, dodged a bullet on that one.




    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    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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