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  1. #1
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    Default Tapping 2020

    Hey all,

    I thought long and hard about tapping this weekend but next week is cold again so I am waiting. I did get half my tap fittings on my existing drops and am finishing up a few last things in the kitchen.

    Notable upgrades this year:
    -Increased taps by ~50 (new mainline and shurflo pump on it)
    -Upgraded my RO pressure pump and feed pump to achieve twice the flow (3gpm to 6gpm)

    Excited for another season to be upon us, whenever it arrives. Let me know how you are doing.
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2021 - 215 taps 3/16 shurflo, added 2nd membrane to RO - 78 gallons
    2020 - 210 taps 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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    Tapped my 3 trees back on Jan 20. Have boiled twice and have a gallon and 1 quart of syrup made so far. Weather still looks good for the next several weeks, hopefully will get enough sap to do 1 more boil this season.

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    Third boil started today. Good sap run overnight temp near 60 today. Silver maples buds are swelling, probably not many days left in the 2020 season.

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    2 1/2 pints from 10 gallons of sap today. Gives me 12 1/2 pints for the season.

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    Had my first collection of the year yesterday, 250 gallons. I will collect again in a few hours and boil tomorrow. Weather looks to turn cold and snowy for the rest of the week.

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    Another boil started today. Collected about 15 gallons of sap this week from my 3 trees. Weather forecast looks marginal for the next week or so. This may be the last boil of the 2020 season.

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    I have only had one decent weekend of runs in northern Il. We are just thawing out again after the latest cold spell. This week looks to be game on for us.

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    Tapped on Sunday (a day later than I wanted) and as of yesterday am sitting on 36.5 gallons of sap.... Over a third of last year's production. 16 taps, 4 of which don't produce jack. Haven't collected today yet.

    Gotta finish the evaporator, looks like I'm cooking tonight!

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    Ended up with 42 gallons to run for my first boil. Used up nearly all my chopped wood, guess I'll have to break out the splitting maul and deal with the big rounds that I've been avoiding all winter.

    Haven't filtered/bottle yet, but looks like I'll end up with 1.25 gallons. That almost matches last year's total, with 1 less tap and 3 less trees. These silvers are running rich so far this year!

    My 4 restaurant pans are recessed into my cinder block arch, I'm curious about how much I lost due to scorching along the boil line of the pans.

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    Well we finally got a good week in the books. Good temps this past week helped us produce almost 30 gallons of syrup bringing our total to 47 on the year. I am concerned about the warmth of next week. No freeze forecast all week long and rather warm temps. I hope this is not the end of the season already.
    Camp Wokanda
    Peoria Park District

    2021 - 215 taps 3/16 shurflo, added 2nd membrane to RO - 78 gallons
    2020 - 210 taps 3/16 shurflo, upgraded hp pump on RO - 66 gallons
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

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