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    Default Tapping today?? -Harvard MA

    Iím itching to get started too. Like most. Iíve set up lines for 60 or my 100 taps so far, all in 3/16 gravity tubing. We have a nice change in weather the next 4 days which id like to ride, but then the forecast is at lest a week of cold (<40). From what Iíve read this is less risky with 3/16 on a slope providing some natural vacuum, as far as tapping too early and having taps dry up before the season is done. Iíll probably hold off tapping the other 40 on 5/16 tubing and buckets until we get the next warming wave. Curious if anyone else in central Ma tapping this week?

    Tom
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    I'm going to tap about half of mine on Saturday. These are all red maples which tend to quit running earlier than the sugars. One run of 30, one new run of 50 which have never been tapped, all 3/16 tubing, one on line vacuum one on gravity. Hoping for a first boil on Sunday.

    Dave
    Mountain Maple farm
    2019: 180 taps, 60 on gravity, 100+ on vacuum using my programmable S3 controllers
    New website:
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    Sugaring seems to be finally in full swing in MA, certainly in Harvard anyway. On 125 taps, a new high for me, ive collected roughly 900 gallons of sap and the runs over the past week are closer to what I was expecting this season. But itís only. Around 7 gallons per tap so far which isnít great, and Iím hoping for some big runs over the next week before trees shut down. Thatís what it looks like to me anyway. Iím hoping for another 6-7 gallons per tap over that time, weíll see. Due to some mistakes aka lessons learned (pretty big ones) Iíve only made 7 gallons of syrup as of yesterday, but hope to end up with 25. Again weíll see. How about others?
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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    Down the road, so to speak, in Acton. I've boiled three times. 12 taps in 11 trees this year. I've boiled roughly 50.5 gals of sap (I collected more, but got rid of ice at various times.) I've made 3/4 gal. I, too, am hoping for a last run this week. I suspect after that, it'll be done.
    ~Janet

    2019 - 6th year sugarin'. 2nd year using propane. 13 taps. Just over 3/4 gal syrup. Light in color and flavor.
    Intent to build a new barrel evaporator with my son this summer. Still don't weld. We'll see how it goes.

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    We've been in full swing for a while down here. We tapped on 2/16. It's the first "normal" season in a long time and we've been crushing it. By the end of this week, we'll be in the 50s and 60s with nights above freezing, so we might be wrapping up next weekend. Who knows? We woke up to a blanket of snow this morning. We've gone about a week into April here, but never further than that. I don't know how different our areas are, though.
    Woodville Maples
    www.woodvillemaples.com
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    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    What a day yesterday. Biggest sap hail of the season for me. Some of the taps or containers have cloudier sap,
    Some still clear. I know that can be just fine, I canít taste a difference in the sap so I have to makenayrup and find out if itís starting to go bud-dy. Made a couple gallons last night that tasted good but not great and the aroma sometimes isnít
    Wonderful. So Iím going to taste again and might hang it up this weekend depending n
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

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