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    Default Hey Missouri- give us your update on sap flow

    Ive heard that some folks tapped trees on Christmas 2020 weekend. How did that work? If you didnt, do you think that is too early? John
    2020: 220 trees, most smaller than 20" diameter, made 25 gallons
    remote location in western Cole County
    5/16" plastic spiles, drain into plastic buckets or sapsaks
    haul sap out of woods using atv & trailer
    wood-fired pans on concrete blocks
    one Leader Half Pint 24 x 33" plus 24 x 30 ss pan from a junkyard
    cook batch process then finish in the kitchen;
    we dont sell our syrup; its for family & friends
    see website www.mosyrup.com

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    I did not. I plan on tapping Wed to see.
    Lots of trees, bees, rocks, firewood, and syrup.

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    I was able to tap 25 trees today. A few were running pretty good, the rest were not. Last season I tapped on 01/01 when I saw others here were posting they were tapping. Nothing was running for me until several days later.

    This year I am about 6 days early compared to 2020 season.
    Last edited by oldcabin; 12-30-2020 at 07:13 PM.
    Lots of trees, bees, rocks, firewood, and syrup.

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    No trees tapped here. I plan on setting up my driveway operation next week. I have all of my trail building and maintenance finished. I purchased a pump, 350 feet of 1/2 tubing, portable gas generator, and a 65 gallon container. I plan on seeing if I can pump the sap up the 100' rise of the Missouri river bluffs. Tree tapping is a few weeks off for me.
    Crazy River Sap
    55 sugar maple, 15 walnut taps on plastic buckets and tubing
    Block arch on driveway

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    Wow, that is a lot of head pressure for a pump. I have a similar location that would be nice to be able to pump sap up a steep hill however I have not found an inexpensive pump for this purpose. What pump are you planning to use?
    Matthew
    Highly modified Leader Half Pint with Smoky Lake 2 x 4 Raised Flue
    14' Grain Bin Sugar House
    152 taps on 3/16 tubing
    MES Dolly 100 RO
    Homemade filter/canning tank with an electric water jacket
    Kubota RTV 1100
    http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/j...Maple%20Syrup/

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    Collected 20 gallons of sap this morning. Going to tap some more trees. Boilling now not a lot, but happy to be in the woods and boiling too.
    Lots of trees, bees, rocks, firewood, and syrup.

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    Put out 7 taps on 1/5. Collected a couple gallons already and will check them again tomorrow. Weather looks good for sap to run the next couple of weeks. Good luck to everyone.
    2016: 5 taps. 5 gal of sap. 1 pint of syrup. Hooked on syrup making!
    2017: 12 taps. 50 gal of sap. 1 gal of syrup. 1 cup of brown sugar. Turkey fryer evaporator
    2018: 25 taps. 120 gal of sap. 3 gal of syrup. 2 burner propane evaporator. Bought a Brix meter.
    2019: Planning to tap 25 trees. Building a concrete block evaporator.

    I use 7/16" aluminum spiles connected to 3/4" plastic tubing and draining into covered 5 gal buckets.

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    I was able to finish 1/2 gallon of light colored syrup from the 20 collected.20210110_193006.jpg
    Lots of trees, bees, rocks, firewood, and syrup.

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    I put out 215 sap sacks in the grove over the weekend. Not much mud, so it wasnt terribly exhausting. Yesterday the trees were flowing well and I expect the same today and tomorrow. Gonna be a big collect tomorrow and will likely boil on Thurs/Fri.
    2020: 220 trees, most smaller than 20" diameter, made 25 gallons
    remote location in western Cole County
    5/16" plastic spiles, drain into plastic buckets or sapsaks
    haul sap out of woods using atv & trailer
    wood-fired pans on concrete blocks
    one Leader Half Pint 24 x 33" plus 24 x 30 ss pan from a junkyard
    cook batch process then finish in the kitchen;
    we dont sell our syrup; its for family & friends
    see website www.mosyrup.com

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    Been too busy in the woods cleaning up the local tree rat attempts at starting a confetti factory using my tubing as raw product. Ready to go now. 600+ taps out ready for the warm up. Wish Iíd have caught the last warmup but life situations didnít allow.
    Now I have an outdoor hobby for all 12 months. Like I need anything more to do
    500+ taps on gravity tubing, MicRO2 RO, 2.5 X 8 Leader King, and a 1953 Willys Jeep to run around the maple woods with.
    http://www.gihringfamilyfarm.com/

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