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    Default Tapped in Hamilton County

    17 tapes on 5/16 tapped on Saturday. Today had a great flow.

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    Where are you in Hamilton County? We live at 126th and Gray, but I tap on my lake property down by Bloomington.
    2014 - 8 taps, turkey fryer, 130 gallons sap, just under 2.5 gallons syrup.
    2015 - 50 taps and counting.
    2016 - 60 taps on 3/16 and a Bill Mason evaporator on order.
    2017 - 115 taps on 3/16, homemade r/o.
    2018 - 150 taps on 3/16, r/o a big help, but lots of leaks killing yield.
    2019 - sticking with 150 taps or maybe less, focusing on good vacuum and less waste to increase yield. Doubling up my r/o, and made a vacuum filter that looks promising.

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    I'm kind of glad we didn't get anything tapped yet; with this rain we'd need an air boat to get to our trees on bags.
    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
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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    Doug, I see you use sap sacks to collect with,i have been using the blue sap bags, and every year seems like towards end of season something will chew bottom corners of the bags, and i'll go in woods to collect and sap is just running out bottom. you have any problem with this, or any idea to stop this?

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    More squirrel hunting in the fall? I really don't know, the amount of chewing we have really seems to vary from year to year, and it doesn't look like there's much you can do about it.
    In our largest woods we've switched around 100 taps from bags to a Lunchbox vacuum setup; hopefully the tubing doesn't get chewed as much as the bags do.
    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
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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    I'm at 116th and River Road... Were not too far from each other.

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    Not all that far. If you're not boiling March 2nd you should stop by, we're having our annual open house day with food & stuff, 10-2.

    How many taps do you have out?
    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
    Sunrise Metals finisher & Wes Fab 7" pressure filter
    http://www.facebook.com/maplecreations

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    Noblesville Indiana
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    Default Thank you Doug for your help today

    Thank you again for the link to Sugarbush supplies. I ordered 2 hydrometers, so that I have 1 as a back up . Where is your open house, we might stop by on March 2nd.
    10 taps from trees (6 sugar, 4 red) I transplanted 25 years ago. I wish I had moved more - they were volunteers on my parents place in Carmel.

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