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  1. #21
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    Put my taps in Sunday the 21st- late, but it's been so cold and there's been no sun. So far 12" maple with full southern exposure has put out 2 1/2 gallons, 28" maple with some southern exposure has put out 4 gallons, and a 22" maple in a shaded spot hasn't put out anything at all. Should be some nice runs ahead 20s at night and sunny days in the 40s/50s.
    2015: 2 taps, 16oz of syrup
    2016: 6 taps, 1.5gl of syrup
    2017: 3 taps, 1gl of syrup
    2018: 3 taps, 3/4 gl of ropey syrup
    2019: 3 taps, first year of New Jersey tapping
    2020: 4 taps, warmed up too fast and sap spoiled. 8oz of syrup
    2021: 3 taps, 1/2gl of syrup

    Turkey fryer/steam pan evaporator

  2. #22
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    NJ
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    I finished tapping 210 trees on 2/21. It just started flowing a little in last couple days, only about 60 gallons. I'm thinking it will break loose soon. Good luck everyone!
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    2020-Leader Micro2 RO added, 210 taps
    2019-165 taps ,24 gallons syrup made.
    2017-crazy weather. 18 gallons
    2010-1st year,30 taps on buckets ,concrete block and 4 stainless pans

  3. #23
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    Finished tapping 2-21, 1,000 taps. 580 on vac facing south, ran 3700 gal. 400 taps on gravity in colder locations, have only run 440 gal. Started 1.7 % sugar , quickly went down to 1.3%. Up until a few years ago, always started about 2%. After first run averaged 1.7 to 1.9. strange start to the season.
    1022 taps on gravity tubing, 3X11 Leader drop flue rig, 200 gal Lapierrre RO

  4. #24
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    Mar 2011
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    Big day after yesterdays run looking at least 200 plus going out now that's its frozen to retrieve it with utv 2 trips max about 125 gallons due to weight,washed RO yesterday n flushed not used last 2 years hope it works!
    2021 95 taps all on 3/16' natural gravity 2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

  5. #25
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    Mar 2011
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    Default RO way to GO!!

    sap1.jpgsap3.jpgsap2.jpg This is so cool that in 3.5 hrs turn almost 200 gallons of sap to 30 gallons of concentrate,what a time saver on wood splitting and for me lets me enjoy this hobby so much more,I was able to reinstall the transmission in my backhoe while the RO was running,Just take a peek at it now n then turn pressure valve a bit and this is how i like to do it,Thanks to John my buddy that helped me build this magic machine!!!! If i can help anyone i would don't know it all but can do it.
    2021 95 taps all on 3/16' natural gravity 2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

  6. #26
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    The trees are finally giving some sap. Taped my trees on 2/28 and on 3/7 only had about 300 gal in the tanks. Half of that was ice so really didn't have enough to sweeten the pans. Collected 800 gals of sap last night. Along with the other trees we have, got 950 gals to put thru the Micro1 RO today. Normally it would be 2 10 hours days of boiling. We'll see how much time it saves. Got to start ROing now.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

  7. #27
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    Well the Micro1 turned 2 - 12 hour days into 1 of boiling. Was able to get the 1.5% sap up to 5%. The Leader 5 frame clear filter press made filtering the 12.5 gals of syrup effort less compared to our old gravity filtering setup. Probably also saved 1/2 gal of syrup not being stuck in the filters only to be washed out. We commented that the press sounds like a hit an miss motor when running. I does make some weird noises when running near sweet thru it. I guess it really only likes the sweet gold.
    Dave C.
    2011 - 130 Taps
    2017 - 300 Taps ( all gravity)
    2x8 Leader Revolution Evaporator
    12x18 Sugarshack

  8. #28
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    Well it was a great season tapped on 2/28 pulled taps flushed line 3/27 collected 1680 gallons of sap made little over 25 gallons of nice syrup maybe more,I know the ratio not great but that's what it is about here the RO keeps it fun.So done with all the clean up I think.Finally counted my taps I have 95 this year.Now time to use it and we do!It was fun talking with a couple friends on here all season !
    2021 95 taps all on 3/16' natural gravity 2018 home built 4x40 RO 2017 1000 sap 15gal syrup 4 runs of 3/16 natural vac 1 of 5/16 2016 775gal of sap made 12gal syrup 2015 18.5 gal about 55 taps. Have the best wife! cub cadet volunteer 4x4 sap hauler

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