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    Bryankloos, sorry to hear about the tough times you are going through. Thinking of you and your son, wishing for a speedy recovery. Even though it is tough to fit it in the schedule with all that is going on, having your sugaring to do will be a good stress reliever for the rest of your problems.
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
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    This weather is tap-tempting .... but I'm holding off to Feb. to complete home based projects (aka -making wife happy)
    19-21 Back to tapping
    17-18: not able to tap
    14-16 present: Portable Oil Tank evaporator 40+ taps
    09-14: Stove to Barrel - 20 taps

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    Just for fun I looked at the farmers almanac for 2021.
    This isn't encouraging.
    Remember last year’s almost snow-free winter in the Northeast? Well, this year our prediction is very different, with the possibility of a blizzard hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states during the second week of February. This storm may bring up to 1-2 feet of snow to cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts!

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    Bryankloos, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck to your son.

    So I started tapping this past weekend and will finish up next. Expect first boil on the 23rd. I've heard rumors that there's guy who boiled two weeks ago in North Canaan.

    A wise man once asked me "is the sap flowing?' Yes, I answered. "Then tap your trees."
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    Inception of Young Love Maple
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup
    2018 - 19 more acres, 250+ taps on gravity and buckets, 2x5 Smokey Lake arch and Beaverland pan.
    2019 - 250+ taps on gravity. A few buckets. 35 gallons of syrup.
    2020 - 300+ taps on gravity. 50 gallons of syrup.

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    I've tapped early before, Its the sweetest sap but when it stopped running I was disappointed with sugar content when it re-set. I don't get much time off work so I like to boil right through. I get real disappointed when I can't keep up with the flow. Looking at an evaporator upgrade. I've had this 18" by 38" for 15 years now. I'm trying to convince the bookkeeper(WIFE) its a good investment.

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    Tapped one string to get a sense of avg brix: 1.0, not much flow, most are frozen, as is the dog bowl.
    2019 LNG fired pot, 20 taps on 3/16, 10 buckets, gave it up after 3 gal.
    2020 New Mason 2x4 XL; 30 taps on 3/16

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the nice words.
    I’m still shooting for shortly after Feb 1.
    I’m 97% ready to fire up the tapping drill.
    2021 - 77 taps on shurflo 4008. Sap Sucker 4-D. Mason 2x4 XL, 4x150 RO.
    2020 - 70ish taps on shurflo 4008, 10 taps on buckets. Mason 2x4 XL. DIY R.O. ~24 gallons of syrup.
    2019 - First Season with a Late Start. 10 taps on buckets, block arch and 2.5 gallons of syrup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Tapped one string to get a sense of avg brix: 1.0, not much flow, most are frozen, as is the dog bowl.
    Today’s Brix: 2.0, and she ain’t named Deborah
    2019 LNG fired pot, 20 taps on 3/16, 10 buckets, gave it up after 3 gal.
    2020 New Mason 2x4 XL; 30 taps on 3/16

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    Ghost... You're gonna love that Mason 2x4XL. Its a beast!!!
    2021 - 77 taps on shurflo 4008. Sap Sucker 4-D. Mason 2x4 XL, 4x150 RO.
    2020 - 70ish taps on shurflo 4008, 10 taps on buckets. Mason 2x4 XL. DIY R.O. ~24 gallons of syrup.
    2019 - First Season with a Late Start. 10 taps on buckets, block arch and 2.5 gallons of syrup.
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    Trout Brook Valley
    Weston, CT

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    looks like a cooldown and some snow in the forecast. Feb 1st is my target date.

    41.457 x -72.907 148 elevation
    2x4 wood fired evaporator with the "Hercules Blower"
    hybrid pan by Smoky Lake
    80 taps. 44 on gravity
    All sugar Maples
    7" filter press
    10 x 12 sugar shack
    two very helpful kids
    a wife that thinks I'm nuts
    goats and chickens and a sugar dog named Willow
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