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    Default Southeastern WI 2021 Tapping

    New year, new thread. Hope everyone in this corner of the state is ready or at least getting ready. Hard to clean stuff outside with this weather but glad I got my tubing up in January when it was warmer
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    110 taps on bags done in Erin, WI. Slow drips so far, maybe a quarter gallon per tap average so far. But the season has started!!

    Heads up - I bottle using mason jars. I haven't been paying attention as to how difficult jars are to find in the Covid world. If you use mason jars, pick up cases as you see them as they may not be easy to find when you need them!!
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

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    We are planning to look for them at every garage sale and yard sale we go to. Just think what it will be like later during canning season. Don't forget the lids and rings.
    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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    Probably going to do a small boil tomorrow just to get back into the swing of things. I think I have about 70 gallons or so to cook. Good amount just to warm up and get started.
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

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    About 1.6 gallons/tap here so far; will boil Wednesday (dictated by the schedule of the rest of my life). Nice forecast on the way for the next week; but stupid warm after that. Hope it changes...
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    That cold wind yesterday really blocked my trees from warming up and giving up some sap. A little here and there, but not a whole lot. I am heading out to pickup the bags that blew off the trees and hoping that the next few days really start to open them up!
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags
    2019 - 90 taps - new 2x4 corsair with hybrid pro pan from Smokey Lake

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    Thanks for checking in. I was wondering what was happening due east of us because like you we had wind and cold and everything just shut down over here. Looking for a productive string of days and nights right now. I also go by a circle of bare ground around the trees and I am just beginning to get that in the woods. Soon come.
    2019 47 taps and 10.75 gallons of syrup
    2020 45 taps and 21.25 gallons of syrup
    2021 50 taps and 13.5 gallons of syrup
    2022 check back in March 2022

    56 acres above the Mississippi River in SW Wisconsin
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatzow View Post
    That cold wind yesterday really blocked my trees from warming up and giving up some sap. A little here and there, but not a whole lot. I am heading out to pickup the bags that blew off the trees and hoping that the next few days really start to open them up!
    Yeah! Same here. Finally started to get going in the evening and ran though much of the night. They're running really well right now. RO is busy doing its thing. Need to go collect at my remote trees this afternoon then fire the evaporator up.
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    Holy sugar sand in this first boil. Ran through about 250 gallons of sap and need to clean my 2x4 divided pan already. Pop city.
    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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    Ugh. Guess I'll get to scrub everything mid-season...

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    42.82N
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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