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  1. #51
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    Huh, I'd say sap is walking here not running. Picked up 2/3 of the woods tank in 24 hours. 2/3 of gal per tap.
    30x40 Sugarhouse
    975 taps here at home. Still have 3-400 to add in.
    3x10 Cabin by the Creek evap with "steamaway"
    CDL 600 RO
    ebayed Sogevac S65

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    Running but not too much here today too. Wind is making up for it though, really blowing.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    I bought my acid at Bascom's and I think it's from Leader. I have two 275 gallon totes for permeate tanks and I have them plumbed together at the valves so that they both fill at the same time. I can shut one off if I need to save some permeate for weak runs. I'm always overflowing them so I'm planning to replace them with 330's next year. That'll give me another 110 gallons before they're full.

    The sap's been running pretty good here but not great. I'm getting .69 gpt per day according to my saptapapp. That's about normal for my trees on an average run. The swamp maples don't give much sap but they make good syrup and it's what I have.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    right there with ya on the swamp maples!!!

    that's a heck of a problem to have too much sap hmmm...... I wouldn't mind that problem. yes I would be tired but oh well thats the life of sugarmaker!!!
    may your sap be at 3%
    Brad

    www.willowcreeksugarhouse.com
    585 or so on Vacuum, about 60 on bucket and tubing
    Welsh 1397 vein pump and a Lap mech vert releaser
    2x6 ss phaneuf Drop flue, Leader woodsaver blower, homemade hood
    300gph H2O RO
    husquvarna 562 XP
    less than its here 2018 gonna be the best yet... fingers crossed always...

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    My sap is walking too, but when you take a day off, and then others did too, it turns into too much sap at once. Being at work, I can't get the RO machine going early enough to put a big enough of a dent in it. Ended up holding sap over till yesterday, so I at least got some sleep.

    So that almost failed. Had electrical problems all day in the house, which since the house feeds the sugarhouse, meant big problems for me. Thankfully RS's uncle was able to come over after work, found out what the issue was (loose connection in the main disconnect that burnt out the breaker), swapped out the disconnect with a new one, and back in business at 6pm. Since I was already backed up with sap, I'm still not caught up because of the late start, but at least I'm still operating. Yesterday's stress level was pretty high!

    Going to get caught up tonight, but it'll be a later night than usual to get there. I have 1100 gal sitting at the sugarhouse, 600 gal or more coming from RS, and I'll have another 500+ (I hope) from my woods. Getting things primed for an acid wash starting tomorrow morning. Hoping this brings the membrane back.

    SSC is still doing OK, but it is coming down.

    I think the niter is the worst I've seen it.

    So Brad, 2018 is going to be the best yet...
    Josh

    2009 - 370 on vacuum and 16 buckets
    2010 - 377 on high vac.
    2011 - 590 on high vac.
    2012 - 620 on high vac., 170 buckets, 110 on gravity tubing
    2013 - 830 mine + 800-1000 from others
    2014 - 870 mine + 800-1000 from others
    2017 - 920 mine + 500-700 from others.
    2018 - 902 mine + 500-700 from others.
    2019 - 902 mine + ???? from others.
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    2.5'x8' 802maple Special with Dallaire pans
    H2O Innovation 600gph RO
    Spring Harvest Website

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    I ran 650 through the RO tonight and am going to run what comes in overnight through tomorrow morning. I'm planning to boil tomorrow afternoon.

    The nitre is the worst that I've seen here this year too. On a normal season I can get 20 gallons through the press with no problem. This season I can't get 10 gallons through without changing the papers. It's never been that bad here.
    Russ

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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    2612 gal into the sugarhouse today. Most sap ever processed. If I'm lucky, and the numbers will work, I'll break the 50 gal barrior.

    RO didn't get going until after 4pm, and it's a bad for it to be slowing down. That extra 2gpm of permeate sure would be nice about now.

  8. #58
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    wow 2600 gallons thats crazy....

    yeah I never updated the 2018 signature...
    may your sap be at 3%
    Brad

    www.willowcreeksugarhouse.com
    585 or so on Vacuum, about 60 on bucket and tubing
    Welsh 1397 vein pump and a Lap mech vert releaser
    2x6 ss phaneuf Drop flue, Leader woodsaver blower, homemade hood
    300gph H2O RO
    husquvarna 562 XP
    less than its here 2018 gonna be the best yet... fingers crossed always...

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