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    Default Tap replacement timing

    We replace all of our taps each year this year [12000] always mostly in February. we are located in Western Maine Mountains and average 5 to 6 feet of snow so it is slow going! With a serious illness this year am asking what is the thoughts of applying our taps late October early November. We use 3/16s and no check valves. The ground will be snow covered in November

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    I have been replacing spouts and droplines and making repairs all summer

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    Where I stated taps I really mean spouts.

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    I am assuming you mean you are replacing your spouts on the drop lines. That can be done early. I wouldn't tap trees that early
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    There hasn't been any research that I am aware of looking at timing of replacing spouts in the woods as it affects sanitation. We typically do ours in Nov-Dec, and tap in Jan-Feb. We used to do them while tapping, but as you say, more snow on the ground and slows things down. Doesn't seem to be a problem doing it once the temperatures drop down and stay below freezing most of the time.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
    http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
    https://mapleresearch.org
    Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu

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    I have tried the December spout replacement, but deer and other animals have 6-8 weeks to chew on the new lines and spouts. ended up replacing the new tubing and spouts again.
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal
    2021 230 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 37 gal

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