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    Made another 9 gallons tonight. Amber Rich/Dark Robust, won’t know till tomorrow put it all in the canner. Full tank of sap again at 9 pm tonight. No freeze so vacuum on all night. Should have 600+ gallons by morning. Start the RO early and try to get a jump on things. Best late season run I’ve had in the 17 yrs I’ve been making syrup.
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” Evaporator with Marcland Drawoff
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    New Leader Clear Filter Press/Air Diaphragm Pump
    5” Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three! On loan to a friend.
    Deer Run 250 gal/hr RO
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    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"

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    Sap ran good until last night. Even on vacuum the trees gave up 0 sap. I think that woman has sung! Boiled the last 100 gallons without even running it through the RO just to get it pasteurized. Tomorrow will chase the rest through the rig with water and start cleaning up. Today was exactly 5 weeks since I tapped and very pleased with the outcome.
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” Evaporator with Marcland Drawoff
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    New Leader Clear Filter Press/Air Diaphragm Pump
    5” Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three! On loan to a friend.
    Deer Run 250 gal/hr RO
    A Very Understanding Wife
    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father & Son View Post
    Sap ran good until last night. Even on vacuum the trees gave up 0 sap.
    Yeah...sometimes that's the way it ends. What were your temperatures the last few days?
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    Yeah...sometimes that's the way it ends. What were your temperatures the last few days?
    Yesterday was high 30’s prior to that in the 40’s & 50’s. Last freeze was Sat 3/18. Extended forecast shows possibility of freeze Wed & Thur but iffy if sap would be usable if it even runs.
    Last edited by Father & Son; 03-25-2023 at 01:45 PM.
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” Evaporator with Marcland Drawoff
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    New Leader Clear Filter Press/Air Diaphragm Pump
    5” Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three! On loan to a friend.
    Deer Run 250 gal/hr RO
    A Very Understanding Wife
    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"

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    Well this year is a wrap. An excellent year and would have been even better if I would have tapped 2 weeks earlier. Timing was good I ran out of storage and had to buy a couple of 10 gallon barrels. Just enough fuel oil to clean up and simmer the vinegar/water solution. A few things learned this year one being I have automated enough that I am out of room in the sugarhouse. Time for a small addition which will incorporate an insulated RO room. One of my birthday presents this year was an on demand propane hot water heater. A small pump and a 55 gallon plastic barrel will more than cover my water needs. Pleased with my air diaphragm pump and filter press but I have been looking at the electric diaphragm pumps offered by the major manufacturers. This would eliminate the air compressor and that noise. More research needed. Upgrade to a larger RO to save more time. I see that the more I keep talking the more money I’m spending.
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” Evaporator with Marcland Drawoff
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    New Leader Clear Filter Press/Air Diaphragm Pump
    5” Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three! On loan to a friend.
    Deer Run 250 gal/hr RO
    A Very Understanding Wife
    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"

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    Jim I have a CDL electric diaphragm pump on my filter press and I am real happy with it. I converted a Smoky Lake hand pump press to this. Let me know how your on demand water heater works out. I am interested in getting one in the sugarhouse some day.
    1000 taps on vac down to 100+ buckets 99% sugars
    2x5 SL Hi-Output Raised Flue Corsair evaporator
    SL Short bank press with CDL diaphragm pump
    Leader Micro 1 RO for 2024
    Constantly changing
    2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020:30 gal 2021:30 gal 2023:50 gal Total since 2010: 2047.5 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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    Will do Jason. Is that electric diaphragm pump quiet? I never knew these were available till after I had purchased the air pump.
    Last edited by Father & Son; 04-07-2023 at 08:26 PM.
    12 x 16 Sugarhouse, 12 x 16 Woodshed
    2 x 8 “The Mutt” Evaporator with Marcland Drawoff
    Leader oil fired arch, Dallaire raised flue, Smoky Lake syrup pan and hoods with pre-heater
    New Leader Clear Filter Press/Air Diaphragm Pump
    5” Hand Pump Filter Press from Daryl-One of the first three! On loan to a friend.
    Deer Run 250 gal/hr RO
    A Very Understanding Wife
    "At any time during the day you're only 10 seconds from disaster!"

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    Yes it is pretty quiet.
    1000 taps on vac down to 100+ buckets 99% sugars
    2x5 SL Hi-Output Raised Flue Corsair evaporator
    SL Short bank press with CDL diaphragm pump
    Leader Micro 1 RO for 2024
    Constantly changing
    2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal 2020:30 gal 2021:30 gal 2023:50 gal Total since 2010: 2047.5 gal
    Tapping the same trees my great, great and great grandfathers tapped.

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