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  1. #111
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    Boiled another 520g yesterday at 1.7%, cloudy and a little sweaty at first but made some great darker syrup with superb taste, best of the season. Have made a little over 100g of syrup on 275 taps. Thankful for my RO purchase this year, what a game changer. Might get one final run through the weekend but it looks to be just about done here. My off season project for 2021 is to try to design a new filtering process - there just has to be a better way.
    18' - 60 bags
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  2. #112
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    I am waiting on pulling taps until after these next two cold days. I think there is one more sap run. I boiled yesterday and the syrup still tastes great. Most around here have shut down due to off-tastes, but I have 100% sugars.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 105 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL 12" vacuum filter
    2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro MX Sap Hauler
    Past evaporators: Phaneuf 2x6, A&A 2.5x10, Smoky Lake 2x8 (oil then wood fired)
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020: 30 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

  3. #113
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    Jason,
    You should get at least one or two more runs? They may not be big but you should be able to make some more syrup.
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

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  4. #114
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    I got about 200 gallons over Tues-Wednesday but sugar was low and it started to turn before I got to it. I ran it through the RO though and have now 160 gallons of permeate for a good wash and rinse.
    Tanks are all clean in case we get something after this cold spell. Kind of doubting it will be any good as we're about 60-70% reds up here.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
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  5. #115
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    good time to pull the reds and tap the rest of your woods john
    Fred Ahrens
    330-206-1606
    Richards Maple Products
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    1500 taps

    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

  6. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    good time to pull the reds and tap the rest of your woods john
    Thumbs Up...not a bad idea. You guys still going?
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

  7. #117
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    still trying. nothing today. lots of heat damage last 2 days, but i think there is another week left.
    Fred Ahrens
    330-206-1606
    Richards Maple Products
    Ohio CDL sales rep
    1500 taps

    dont take life too serious, nobody gets out alive anyways

  8. #118
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    Had my last boil of the year this morning from sap collected yesterday. Made great tasting dark. Steam smelled better than the previous couple of boils. Pulled taps yesterday.
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    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 105 buckets
    2x7 A&A Raised Flue
    CDL 12" vacuum filter
    2019 Kawasaki Mule Pro MX Sap Hauler
    Past evaporators: Phaneuf 2x6, A&A 2.5x10, Smoky Lake 2x8 (oil then wood fired)
    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020: 30 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

  9. #119
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    Sunday I forgot to clear out the releaser check valve and it froze up and broke - so no sap here. May replace it tomorrow and see what comes in. Going to be home-bound for the next few weeks.

    Heus - nice pictures.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

  10. #120
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    Default Didn't tap any trees due to new job this year 😞

    Off work for next couple weeks at least here in portage county.
    Hmmmmmm, could I tap a few still and get all other projects done also( if I did I'd be happy to go back to work to relax a bit&#129322I've had the itch a few times over the last month but just didn't work out this year I think...
    Or will I self quarantine in my woods/ sugar shack to limit social contact( I'd be happy just by myself but my wife would not be with 2 little ones)
    I'd do it if she wasn't working from home and already have her hands full.( Maybe I can barter self quarantine on my boat a couple days instead)
    Wish I had off work sooner to tap atleast some but as I'm driving home the past few days the buds are starting to become more and more apparent.
    Maybe next year😜

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