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    Default Tapping 2009

    I keeping with years past, I started a tapping thread for PA. As always, everyone is welcome. This should be easier for us to keep track on how well everyone is doing.

    It was 35 today when I awoke. I put in 68 taps on buckets. By noon it was already 50 in the shade. Almost all the taps ran when I drilled them. I didn't expect to see sap until tonight. This afternoon I'm going to rinse my head tank, lines , preheater and pan. I hope to be boiling tomorrow evening.

    Got stuck once in the snow with the BAT mobile. Was able to get out by shoveling. The snow is melting fast! Good weather expected for the week.

    Good luck
    136 on high vacuum for 2019
    A&A 2X8, raised flue evaporator
    hood, parallel flow pre heater and air over fire
    12X28 sugar shack

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    I am glad to see another PA'er tapping.

    I got all mine out yesterday and they were running some by the time I got to the last few buckets.

    The temps right now are 41 degrees and sunny, a few clouds here and there.
    I will be filling the evap pan this afternoon and getting her ready for the sap that I will be collecting this evening.

    I am hoping to have maple syrup on my pancakes by morning!
    1st Generation Hobby Maple Producer, you got to start somewhere.
    222 Taps, all on Vacuum! No more buckets.
    Lapierre 2'x5' raised flue w/Hood and Preheater
    Surge SP11, Lapierre Hobby Releaser
    Modified 5" Filter Press made by Daryl with a Gear Pump
    Homemade 2 membrane RO
    Kabota RTV Sap Hauler

    Hardy's Maple Syrup on Facebook

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    I started tapping some of my smaller southern bushes today. Let most of the sap run on the ground top clean out the lines. Still working on up grading the rest of the bushes, not adding any just making sure things are up and right for good flow. It will take us about 2 1/2 weeks to finish all the tapping. will probably boil alittle this week. A couple of sugar makers talked me into trying the new stubby spout with the disposalable tips. Said I should up the sap 15 to 30 % more. When we were changing the health spiles to thses new ones 80 to 90% were pluged tight with bacteria. We will see how this does with the sap production.
    I am a 3rd generation maple producer, with 80,000 taps & 28 sugar bushes.
    2 evaportors, 6x16 & 5x16 Water/Loo Small Turbos
    2 ROs, 1 2400 gph & 1 1800 gph
    2 10" filter press full banks
    Sap Tanks rangeing from 600 to 6000 g
    (Hired Boys says "All numbers subject to change" Ha Ha)

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    Default Met Ed

    Sugarmaster,

    Ed Grzandziel was at the NWPA maple meeting. He bought a new 18X48 Dallierre from you. Although I don't have much experience, I stopped at his place outside of New Castle PA. He is very excited and set up well for his first mapling. He's going to have a great time.
    136 on high vacuum for 2019
    A&A 2X8, raised flue evaporator
    hood, parallel flow pre heater and air over fire
    12X28 sugar shack

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    Sap's running! As I posted in the general section, over the last two days I'm up to 659 taps on tubing that are tapped and running as of tonight. Hopefully we'll be boiling tomorrow night. I'm still planning on adding at least 80 more on tubing and hanging 150 buckets. Gary R, we had a stuck truck incident today as well, took a tractor to rectify! Sugarmaster, I've seen the plugged health spouts, and improvement with replacable tips. This year I've finally got mine all on replaceable tips or stainless steel that can be cleaned and sterilized.
    Andy's Own Maple
    Andy Kinter (4th + generation maple producer)
    Approx 790 taps on vacuum

    3x10 nat. gas fired raised flue small bros.
    600 gph Lapierre RO
    Fine collection of used bulk tanks
    Kubota MX5100 sap hauler
    2 hives (that I don't spend enough time on)
    A great family that works together to make syrup!

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    Not tapped yet. Hung tubing in the snow banks today I could tap within the next day or two if the weather looks favorable. We had a very weak start last year and really made the majority of the syrup in March 08. Only time will tell now.

    I got the bucket washer out of the sugarhouse and the new sink installed. Very nice unit Thanks Nate!

    Looking for a few good trees!

    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    625 roadside taps + Neighbors bring some sap too!
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie, Norwegian Forest Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors
    1932 Ford AAB ton and a half, dump truck

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    Gary R Yes Ed gets almost as excited as Theeron does and I think this is going to be a good learning year for Ed. He is keeping us updated on how he is doing.
    Mapleack Hope you are right on those spiles, we are putting alot in this year hopeing this will help with our vacuum systems.
    I am a 3rd generation maple producer, with 80,000 taps & 28 sugar bushes.
    2 evaportors, 6x16 & 5x16 Water/Loo Small Turbos
    2 ROs, 1 2400 gph & 1 1800 gph
    2 10" filter press full banks
    Sap Tanks rangeing from 600 to 6000 g
    (Hired Boys says "All numbers subject to change" Ha Ha)

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    I tapped yesterday and most started a little. This morning the wind from southwest to northwest and the sap really picked up. I am gathering towards dark and should have enough to start the evaporator.Looks like a good week here in Bradford county. Hope to put my new press to good use thanks to Andy.
    2'x5' wood-fired Leader evaporator
    10 buckets
    250 on gravity
    12'x16' sap house
    home made forced air, pre-heater and hood
    2 black and white "sap dogs"
    5" filter press that I love
    Waterguy 250 R.O.

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    Default Bigsap Alert

    Boy did the sap run today!

    I went out this morning to collect and ended up with almost 30gal.
    So I fired up the evap again, 2nd time in 2 days, and boiled it down.

    I will be able to make at least a gal or more with what I got the past 2 days.
    1st Generation Hobby Maple Producer, you got to start somewhere.
    222 Taps, all on Vacuum! No more buckets.
    Lapierre 2'x5' raised flue w/Hood and Preheater
    Surge SP11, Lapierre Hobby Releaser
    Modified 5" Filter Press made by Daryl with a Gear Pump
    Homemade 2 membrane RO
    Kabota RTV Sap Hauler

    Hardy's Maple Syrup on Facebook

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    Sap did not run well for me. I'm guessing maybe 20 gal. from the 68 taps. It was cool today but the next 4 days are supposed to be almost 50 everyday. I didn't start a fire. maybe tomorrow? Maybe I need vacuum? It worked well for Theron.

    Jim Brown stopped over to see how things are going. He turned the light on in my head about my sap refractometer. ADJUST THE FOCUS. Things look great now! Thanks Jim.

    Chris, Have you ever seen the roadside trees on Angling road? It's about 2 miles south of Rausch's. The road comes out on Rte. 18, a few miles north of Springboro. No houses on that part of the road. Maybe check with the locals as to see who owns them. Probably close to 100 taps.

    Dennis, Great to see things flowing for you. enjoy that syrup
    136 on high vacuum for 2019
    A&A 2X8, raised flue evaporator
    hood, parallel flow pre heater and air over fire
    12X28 sugar shack

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