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    Default Thoughts on tapping

    What is everyone's thoughts about tapping this year? Barely had a winter and it seems that spring will be coming soon. The crocus in my front yard are popping up and are usually in bloom during sapping season. Not that you can accurate weather forecasts, but by mid week temps look for for the next two weeks.
    When do you plan to tap?

    Dave
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    I put 6 taps out late Saturday. Collected 20 gallons so far. Started a quick boil tonight and it seems really sweet. I’ll probably go till 1130 tonight then cut it off till tomorrow. So far it seems like a good run!

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    I'm in Blairstown and will tap this weekend.
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    2019 165 taps , 24 gallons syrup made.
    2017...crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2010. 30 taps on buckets , concrete block and 4 stainless pans

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    I'm thinking of putting in half of my taps this weekend. The other half next weekend depending on weather.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

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    I only got to put in about 60, squirrels went crazy this offseason .
    Trees were dripping . Good luck.
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    2019 165 taps , 24 gallons syrup made.
    2017...crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2010. 30 taps on buckets , concrete block and 4 stainless pans

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    My son and I tossed out 10 buckets last Thursday and boiled 5gallons of sap on a small barrel arch this afternoon. I didnít test the sap, too much Ice to put a hydrometer in it.
    180 gravity mostly reds
    15 buckets
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    Hydrometer said 2% on the nose today, ran pretty good but Iím off to hockey practice...no boiling tonight
    180 gravity mostly reds
    15 buckets
    2x6 waterloo small maple pro

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    Only got 180 taps in this weekend. No sap running, everything still frozen. Got the evap and sugar house ready yesterday. The squirrels are always a pain at my place. I have alot of oak and hickory on the place. The hawks and owls must be slacking off.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

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    Tapped today 2/12/20.

    Question..... does anyone steam sap off on their home wood stove. No boil but kind of just slow simmer. Just keeping adding to it.

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    Sap ran pretty good yesterday and day before, 10 buckets yield approximately 23 gallons. Still widdlin thru it. Not much new sap today 2 gallons or so. Should have it all consolidated and hope to finish on turkey fryer this week.
    180 gravity mostly reds
    15 buckets
    2x6 waterloo small maple pro

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