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  1. #31
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    Well there is a big freeze coming next week. If my silver maples don't bud I'm expecting another big run. I doubled my syrup from last year already, I'm at 9.5 gallons. Still have to perfect the filtering step but I'm going to try a little diatomaceous earth and let the syrup cool a little before slowly putting it the filter. I think dumping the boiling syrup causes it to rush through the filters.
    2019: 31 taps on silvers. Back porch gas cook top with 2 full size steam table pans. An amazing 14.9 gallons in my backyard!
    2018: 22 taps on 9 silvers. Propane turkey fryer and full size steam table pan on electric stove. I made 4.25 gallons in my backyard!

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    9 1/2 gallons of syrup on 32 taps is really impressive. I didn't know silver maples had sugar content that high.
    Leader 1/2 pint - Kawasaki Mule - Smoky Lake Filter Bottler
    24 GPH RO, 2 1/2 x 40 NF3 (NF270), 140 GPH (Brass with no relief valve ) ProCon pump
    2013 - 44 taps on buckets - 16 gallons syrup, 2014 - 109 taps on buckets - 26 gallons syrup
    2015 - 71 taps on buckets - 13.5 gallons syrup, 2016 - 125 taps on buckets - 24.25 gallons syrup
    2017 - 129 taps on buckets - 17.5 gallons syrup, 2018 - 128 taps on buckets - 18 gallons syrup
    2019 -130 taps on buckets - 18.5 gallons syrup

  3. #33
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    I just rechecked my numbers. I’ve boiled 500 gallons of sap and bottled 1349oz (10.5 gallons). My sap has been around 2%. I tapped on Feb 2nd and I hope the end is near. I need to sell 40 bottles to fund next years evaporator.

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    2019: 31 taps on silvers. Back porch gas cook top with 2 full size steam table pans. An amazing 14.9 gallons in my backyard!
    2018: 22 taps on 9 silvers. Propane turkey fryer and full size steam table pan on electric stove. I made 4.25 gallons in my backyard!

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    Had another boil this weekend and can't believe the numbers. I must have done something wrong last year to only get 4 gallons. or this year is just out of this world.
    Totals now...I boiled 609 gallons of sap to make 1662oz / 12.98 gallons of syrup. I got rid of another 86 gallons of sap because I was out of the country for 11 days. Unfortunately the first ~8 gallons had filtering issues, so I will probably re-bottle some of them over the summer. Once the sugar sand is removed (it's not a ton, still in suspension) my finished syrup numbers will decrease.
    2019: 31 taps on silvers. Back porch gas cook top with 2 full size steam table pans. An amazing 14.9 gallons in my backyard!
    2018: 22 taps on 9 silvers. Propane turkey fryer and full size steam table pan on electric stove. I made 4.25 gallons in my backyard!

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    I boiled 240 gallons of sap yesterday and made about 6.5 gallons of syrup. I think that's it for me this season. I only make it for fun and I've got my 16 gallons of syrup for the year. I plan to pull my taps next weekend when it warms up and start the clean up process. I still have to filter and bottle...not looking forward to that. Good luck to everyone.
    Leader 1/2 pint - Kawasaki Mule - Smoky Lake Filter Bottler
    24 GPH RO, 2 1/2 x 40 NF3 (NF270), 140 GPH (Brass with no relief valve ) ProCon pump
    2013 - 44 taps on buckets - 16 gallons syrup, 2014 - 109 taps on buckets - 26 gallons syrup
    2015 - 71 taps on buckets - 13.5 gallons syrup, 2016 - 125 taps on buckets - 24.25 gallons syrup
    2017 - 129 taps on buckets - 17.5 gallons syrup, 2018 - 128 taps on buckets - 18 gallons syrup
    2019 -130 taps on buckets - 18.5 gallons syrup

  6. #36
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    Bowhunter, we must be on the same wavelength! Yesterday I also boiled exactly 240 gallons! Set a new daily production record of 8.4 gallons. No RO--some of my syrup was 2.5+%. Beautiful stuff--79 reading on the light scale. Puts me at about 14 gallons and I feel I'm just getting started. Looks like a big big run ahead this weekend. This is like the old days! All that rain last summer created a huge leaf canopy and it's paying off now.
    Central Ohio
    Leader WSE 2x6
    Old metal corn crib converted to "The Shack"
    Smoky Lake 6 gallon water jacket canner
    Daryl 5" filter press with air pump

    2018: 100 taps, buckets, 31 gallons syrup
    2017: 100 taps, buckets, 15 gallons syrup
    2016: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2015: 100 taps, buckets, 34 gallons syrup
    2014: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2013: 100 taps, buckets, 52 gallons syrup
    2012: 100 taps, buckets, 37 gallons syrup
    2011: 93 taps, buckets, 47 gallons syrup

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    Maple marc, Those are some great numbers. You have some very special trees there. By your numbers you have to be getting in the neighborhood of 3% sugar in your sap. I hope you realize how fortunate you are. My 10 year average is ~1.6%. I have around 100 taps out too and I feel pretty good if I make around 20 gallons of syrup.
    100 -110 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
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    All 3/16 tubing
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    I am in Knox county. I put out 46 taps on Feb 14, Pulled them Mar 4. I got over 8 gallons of syrup. Best year ever!

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    Yes, I am very fortunate. Someone about 75 years ago planted--or let volunteer--some sugar maples in our yard. The 8 trees in the yard, along with some fence row trees, produce a huge amount of my syrup. These trees have very large crowns. In a 24 hours period those trees often produce 10 gallons of high sap. I test the sugar from different trees and I see what a difference a crown makes. Those spear trees in the woods really don't do much for you. That's one advantage of buckets--you see what trees are working for you. Makes you realize how important "releasing" trees in the woods really is. I'm going to do some thinning in the woods this spring so that in a few more years--if I'm still kicking--I'll have more super trees. I've set my limit at 100 buckets for now. Too much else in my life going on. Got be to make every hour count. Wishing a good March to all!
    Central Ohio
    Leader WSE 2x6
    Old metal corn crib converted to "The Shack"
    Smoky Lake 6 gallon water jacket canner
    Daryl 5" filter press with air pump

    2018: 100 taps, buckets, 31 gallons syrup
    2017: 100 taps, buckets, 15 gallons syrup
    2016: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2015: 100 taps, buckets, 34 gallons syrup
    2014: 100 taps, buckets, 30 gallons syrup
    2013: 100 taps, buckets, 52 gallons syrup
    2012: 100 taps, buckets, 37 gallons syrup
    2011: 93 taps, buckets, 47 gallons syrup

  10. #40
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    Well the sap is flowing again. I collected 36 gallons from 28 taps. Looks clear and registers around 2%. I’m going to boil today to see how it smells. My silver maples have really impressed me this year.
    2019: 31 taps on silvers. Back porch gas cook top with 2 full size steam table pans. An amazing 14.9 gallons in my backyard!
    2018: 22 taps on 9 silvers. Propane turkey fryer and full size steam table pan on electric stove. I made 4.25 gallons in my backyard!

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