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    Wow, Feb 6 and no one has started this month's Journal. I have been working getting ready. The currant warm spell was tempting, but looking beyond this week it look like no sap flow until into March. I decided to wait, rather than get sap in the lines and then have it set there for 3 weeks.
    I did get some drops replaced and cleaned up getting the sugarhouse ready. I also filled another barrel for bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, then I packed the rest of the SS drum that came out of into retail containers, all half gallon. I was almost out of half gallons in Dark. I sell more of that grade and size than any other except the bourbon barrel aged maple.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    I got 30 more sap sack holders built and ready to hang on the trees. Just about finished my vacuum filter press and getting ready to give it a try. I will post pics of this set up as the vacuum is what is used for vacuum pressing veneer lumber. Worked good on a test. Pulls down to 26 inches pump kicks off at 19 inches the pump kicks back on. Need a larger vessel for vacuum accumulation but medical E oxygen cylinders are what I had on hand for free. Should be boiling again this weekend with the sap that I collected the last few days.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, shooting for 50 taps +/-
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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    Started drilling. 700 done about 8000 plus to go. Had 4 transformers and 6600 feet of 4/0 wire arrive at noon yesterday. We got the wire all pulled through the woods. Built a spinner for the reels out of the rear end of a wagon gear. Loaded the reels with a chain hoist. set the spinner at one end, hitched the team of horses on the wire and pulled it through. Worked better than I could have imagined. If all goes as planned there will only be about 1200 taps running on a generator and all of the rest on the grid.

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    I thought I would be boiling this morning, however mother nature threw me a curve ball with 22 degrees yesterday and left me with solid 5 gallon ice cubes. They don't fit my pan. LOL Will have to wait until midweek when they thaw a bit and I can drain off the concentrated sugar water.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, shooting for 50 taps +/-
    N 42* 18' 31."
    W 79* 34' 15."
    https://www.saptapapps.com/map/31868...-aab748a6394e/

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