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    Default What’s your best %?

    I was suspicious of my big yard tree, almost 3.2%. Much better than the woods. What’s your best?
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    Last season shortly after the beginning, we had a little over 3% for the entire bush for about 3 days. It was short lived though as we had a rainy period that kept the temps above freezing for 4 or 5 days and the sugar content steadily dropped after that.

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    I remember one year quite awhile ago when the sap was around 3.5 for most of the year, plus the weather was exceptional all season with a lot of freezing nights where you could through out the ice and got the sap close to 4. We made around 720 gallons of syrup that year on buckets with around 1250 taps.

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    I don't test individual trees, but one day years ago I got 3.75% in my whole tank, the next day it fell to just over 3.0 and a couple of days later it was at 2.1%
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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    I don't test individual trees, but one day years ago I got 3.75% in my whole tank, the next day it fell to just over 3.0 and a couple of days later it was at 2.1%
    That sounds amazing, it seems that when % is high, flow is low, but then again sometimes it’s just a crapshoot.
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    2020 53 taps
    2019 47 taps 18.5 gallons
    2018 28 taps. 12.5 gallons
    2017 17 taps
    2016 17 taps
    2015 17 taps

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    The next day I had a call from a Cornell volunteer forester asking, he had reports of several locations being very high that day. Back then I didn't keep detailed records, so I can't say what the flow was like or if it followed a long freeze, I just only recall the %. I do recall however that I only had a short sap hydrometer, which likely wasn't as accurate as the long ones I use now. In fact that is what prompted me to buy long hydrometers.
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    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Will hold about the same for 2021
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    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    I've found that when testing individual trees the best running trees tended to be the sweetest.

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    2 years ago I tested the first 10 trees that we tapped and they were all over 5% with a refractometer for woods trees. I thought boy, this is unheard of. Later that day we had collected 30 gallons of sap, put it in a barrel and used hydrometer and it dropped to 3.2%. Moral of the story, calibrate a new refractometer out of the box.
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    My usual brix level for sap is around 2.2. However, earlier this week I collected the sap in my buckets which had frozen--some had partially thawed. It was a struggle to separate the sap from the ice--sometimes I used a mallet to break open a chunk of ice with sap inside it. In some buckets that were overflowing the ice was frozen to the spile. Some of the sap I collect that day was 4%, and the average was slightly above 3. I made about 6 gallons in 4 hours boiling 137 gallons! The only problem was the temperature surges I was getting at draw-off. Syrup was suddenly way too heavy. How do you guys with RO handle this?
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    Don't question your big yard tree. Try to find more just like that one! For years all we tapped were large (very mature) roadside and yard trees. The sugar content was always over 3%. I wish I had access to a forest full of those, lol!!

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