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  1. #21
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    Good Morning All,

    Southwest Michigan here and thinking I will start drilling Friday evening and Saturday seeing Saturdays High is 41F and Low 37F. That should get things thawed and flowing.

    Looking forward to boiling!
    2017 - First year late start 18 taps. Produced 2 gallons syrup. Hooked for life.

    2018 - 2nd Year early start 26 taps In Jan increased to 86 taps March. Upgraded outdoor boiler to concrete block with 2x 20"x30"x5" Stainless pans. Swimming in sap this March!
    Purchased a small transfer pump and 200' hose to reduce walking buckets through dense forest. Love that little pump! 100% disconnected all taps 3-27-18. Syrup produced 15 gallons!

  2. #22
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    Will be in the woods in Grant Township Friday. Probably put in around 70 taps.
    Made 12 gallons last year. Have not decided how hard I want to work this hobby in 2019. Weather might determine ultimate goal...
    Tapped 2/10/2018 so this start has already been delayed a month. But this is Michigan, 2 words never used in the same sentence here: Normal & Weather. Or as I like to point out, "Michigan weather - what could go wrong"?
    44˚ 08' .41" N

  3. #23
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    So it was real nice for three days 22-24 Feb and we tapped then. Had a nice run, but boy it froze up hard these last two weeks. Looking at putting in a couple more lines to replace 40 buckets from last year and will see how they do. Not much slope. Should be a good week to get everything running, still a foot of snow in the yard. Good luck to you all.

  4. #24
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    We are going to do our best to tap today. We are in the center of the state I'll let you all know if it runs today.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept.
    Shooting for 300 taps

  5. #25
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    We tapped 75 trees today, 35 more to go tomorrow and we will be done in Almont, MI in Southern Lapeer county.
    Clay Stroup
    Stroup's Sugar Bush
    Almont, MI

    2016: 20 taps, 2 gallons
    2017: 80 taps, 12 gallons
    2018: 92 taps, 16 gallons
    Mason 2 x 5 flat pan
    Mason steam pan finishing set up
    new for 2019 Next Gen 45 RO
    John Deere Gator 6 x 4
    Boiling outside but plans for 14 x 18 shack in near future

  6. #26
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    I tapped today - backyard hobbyist in the Fenton area. I only tapped three of my possible twelve because work is crazy and I won't have time to boil all that much. But I figure some syrup is better than no syrup!
    --Dave

    42° 46' 32.4" N

    2015: 1 pruned branch end, 10 oz, 1 new hobby
    2016: 12 taps, 2 gallons
    2017: Too warm, trees budded out in February
    2018: 1 tap, 48 oz

  7. #27
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    Ran out of time yesterday. Got 285 in today 16 to go Tomorrow and were all in . The run was spotty some were a solid stream some had no drips.
    The neighbor got 360 in on hanging buckets. Same result as mine.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept.
    Shooting for 300 taps

  8. #28
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    South of Kalamazoo here. It seems the trees finally thawed and broke free today. I'm a backyard syrup dude. We just got in from collecting 40 gal on 15 taps using 5 gallon buckets.

    Refractometer had Sugars at 4.2 and Norway's at 3.1. We'll take that.

    It got really cold last week and locked everything back up, nice to see it thawed finally.


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    Last edited by Spartazoo; 03-12-2019 at 07:29 AM.
    42° 7' 14 N
    50-60 Taps
    Homemade 2x4 Arch
    I do it for fun with family and friends!

  9. #29
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    Gathered 80 gallons out of my 110 taps today. Sap Hydrometer read 3.0 percent, the best I have ever had.
    Clay Stroup
    Stroup's Sugar Bush
    Almont, MI

    2016: 20 taps, 2 gallons
    2017: 80 taps, 12 gallons
    2018: 92 taps, 16 gallons
    Mason 2 x 5 flat pan
    Mason steam pan finishing set up
    new for 2019 Next Gen 45 RO
    John Deere Gator 6 x 4
    Boiling outside but plans for 14 x 18 shack in near future

  10. #30
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    Weird first run only 120 gallons this morning on 300 taps. Buckets still only couple inches in them. But the 200 gallons we got yesterday made the lightest syrup I've ever made it's lighter than grade A fancy. But it was yummy in my tummy.
    25 years sugaring
    2018 191taps. Made 80 gallons
    Two taps to a 5 gallon bucket roadside trees.
    A retired dad to hump buckets and do most of the boiling the great wife that let's me spend lots of time and money.
    New Smokey lake 2×6 raised flue SSR on my own version of the silverplate arch.
    2019 new hood and new preheater concept.
    Shooting for 300 taps

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