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    Default Preparing for the 2020 season in Millville

    Started repairing some lines and clearing fallen branches and such. Considering using Zap Bac spouts if anyone has any input. Also need to build a dog house/box for my new to me Sap guzzler to keep it from freezing. I may tap a little earlier (First or second week of Feb) if temps agree since I always seem to miss a good starting run. Also picked up a used CDL 9" syrup vacuum filter to help clear the syrup, my wife is most excited about that since we dread trying to gravity filter.
    2019 100+ on tubing rest on buckets
    2018 225 taps of mostly reds on buckets
    Half Pint supreme with extension evaporator
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    Best of luck this year. Hope you have a banner season.
    2 x 6 W F Mason arch, Leader WSE AUF drop flue pans
    40 taps 2009-
    New 16 x 16 sugar shack 2010
    180 taps 2012 -
    200 taps 2013 -
    220 taps 2014 -
    250 taps 2015 -
    shurflo pump 2016 -
    new mainlines and saddles 300 taps 2017-
    added Deer Run 125 RO, filter press and CDL water jacket canning unit in 2019
    Bombardier 400
    BX 22 Kubota
    2020 is our 25th year making the " nectar of the gods"
    Just a hobby

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    Best wishes for a banner season. I'm chomping at the bit to get things underway.

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    Thank you and Bonne Saison a tous!
    2019 100+ on tubing rest on buckets
    2018 225 taps of mostly reds on buckets
    Half Pint supreme with extension evaporator
    Massey Ferguson GC2610

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    So when is everyone actually tapping? I'm from Dudley and I always feel I go to early. But these temp swings have got me anxious. This week end it's supposed to be 48 degrees.
    What does everyone make of these temp swings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunG View Post
    So when is everyone actually tapping? I'm from Dudley and I always feel I go to early. But these temp swings have got me anxious. This week end it's supposed to be 48 degrees.
    What does everyone make of these temp swings?
    Very tempting to tap now but I plan to wait for the forecasted freeze in February. Definitely by Valentines day.
    2 x 6 W F Mason arch, Leader WSE AUF drop flue pans
    40 taps 2009-
    New 16 x 16 sugar shack 2010
    180 taps 2012 -
    200 taps 2013 -
    220 taps 2014 -
    250 taps 2015 -
    shurflo pump 2016 -
    new mainlines and saddles 300 taps 2017-
    added Deer Run 125 RO, filter press and CDL water jacket canning unit in 2019
    Bombardier 400
    BX 22 Kubota
    2020 is our 25th year making the " nectar of the gods"
    Just a hobby

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    Im with foursapsyrup1, I usually tap around valentines, but im going to watch the 1st and second week of Feb closely to see if it hits ideal temps. Also makes a difference if your on tubing vs buckets. Tubing tolerates tapping early because less bacteria can get to the hole so its less prone to make the hole close up early.
    2019 100+ on tubing rest on buckets
    2018 225 taps of mostly reds on buckets
    Half Pint supreme with extension evaporator
    Massey Ferguson GC2610

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    Ditto in Woodville. The temps make me anxious, but around here, the woods are still cold. That 4ish inches we got last weekend is still on the ground and didn't really show noticeable softening until today. The sun is just not quite high enough and strong enough to sustain a run. I'm hopeful that we get back to normal temps soon and we start at our usual time. Next week, we should have a good look at February and decide.
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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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