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    Quote Originally Posted by bigschuss View Post
    Glad you had a good year Gabe. I am done too. Not the worst year I ever had, but not the best. The lack of snow shut me down early, which may sound weird. But without frozen ground and decent snow pack, the trails to my sugarbush to gather sap become muddy messes that I don't want to tear up.
    That is too bad. Yeah, it got really warm for a while. I don't have heavy equipment or snowmobiles or anything to move sap around (just my arms), but once or twice I did worry about my car going into the mud and not coming back out again!

    Just finished making a ton of maple nuts and maple popcorn to share with family at the holiday this weekend. That just about used up the last of the 2021 syrup.

    Also did my last "bottling" of syrup. I put "bottling" in quotes because this is the batch I get from harvesting all the dregs from the season, plus what I get from running hot water through the filter on my last real bottling. I don't filter it or hot-pack it. I just leave it in the fridge and let it settle on its own for a few weeks. It got me another two quarts of syrup, which I save for personal consumption. So that brings my final tally for the season to 752 oz, or just under 5.9 gallons. I am very happy with that.

    Hope you all have a great off-season, and hope to see you in ten months!

    Gabe
    2016: Homemade arch from old wood stove; 2 steam tray pans; 6 taps; 1.1 gal
    2017: Same setup. 15 taps; 4.5 gal
    2018: Same setup. Limited time. 12 taps and short season; 2.2 gal
    2019: Very limited time. 7 taps and a short season; 1.8 gal
    2020: New Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season; 9 taps 2 gal
    2021: Same 2x3, 18 taps, 4.5 gal
    2022: 23 taps, 5.9 gal
    2023: 25 taps?
    All taps on buckets

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkshires View Post
    That is too bad. Yeah, it got really warm for a while. I don't have heavy equipment or snowmobiles or anything to move sap around (just my arms), but once or twice I did worry about my car going into the mud and not coming back out again!

    Just finished making a ton of maple nuts and maple popcorn to share with family at the holiday this weekend. That just about used up the last of the 2021 syrup.

    Also did my last "bottling" of syrup. I put "bottling" in quotes because this is the batch I get from harvesting all the dregs from the season, plus what I get from running hot water through the filter on my last real bottling. I don't filter it or hot-pack it. I just leave it in the fridge and let it settle on its own for a few weeks. It got me another two quarts of syrup, which I save for personal consumption. So that brings my final tally for the season to 752 oz, or just under 5.9 gallons. I am very happy with that.

    Hope you all have a great off-season, and hope to see you in ten months!

    Gabe
    Sounds good Gabe. See you in 10 months or so.

    Blair
    16x24 Timber Frame Sugar House
    Mason 2x4 Evaporator
    90 trees on buckets

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