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  1. #481
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    When is everyone thinking about tapping? Because of the extended forecast and the already wonky winter, Im leaning towards next weekend.
    10 taps 2016
    35 taps 2017 all on tubing
    I'm just tapping my backyard
    10gal Electric brew pot for prewarmer
    1.5'x3' pan on two Blichmann propane burners

  2. #482
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    I am not near ready but even if I was I would wait. After Wed. it looks like normal winter temps through Feb.

  3. #483
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    Starting March 9th.
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
    2006- 2017 70 buckets and bags 1 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

  4. #484
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    I'm just about ready. Need to do some final things on the evaporator. Having said that, I won't go until the extended forecast looks good. Won't be afraid to go if it looks good, but not seeing it yet.
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags

  5. #485
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    After doing some searching. It looks like I'll be waiting 2-3 more weeks. All the extended forecasts show it's going to stay pretty cold through Feb. Everything is cleaned and ready, just have to wait for mother nature.
    10 taps 2016
    35 taps 2017 all on tubing
    I'm just tapping my backyard
    10gal Electric brew pot for prewarmer
    1.5'x3' pan on two Blichmann propane burners

  6. #486
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    Well, I made the decision to move from Buckets to Bags for this season. Going to try to make the clean up process a little easier. Washing all those buckets was exhausting. Take forever as I would run out of hot water.... Anyone have thoughts on bags versus buckets? Anything that I should look out for with Bags?
    2014 - 15 taps
    2015 - 20 taps
    2016 - 25 taps
    2017 - 60 taps - added sugar shack and first evaporator
    2018 - 70 taps on Bags

  7. #487
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    Although I never used buckets my father used 5 gal. jugs on his 70 tap operation and it was a chore to wash all those jugs. I started using the jugs also but soon found the same chore as I expanded. Like bags a lot. A lot of ice will get caught in my funnel which I then throw out which I like. Don't let them freeze full it's a pain and hard on the bags if there's a wind. Looking for a disposable tap to use with them. Trying a 45 degree clear on dealers recommendation. Some trouble with wind blowing them off and tried a washer on the tap but it was hard to get the bag holder back on. The wind blow offs were minimal though. And every year I get a few leakers. I'll have about 70 bags out this year. Dad is 88 this year and is only boiling and the neighbor is going to collect then split the syrup so he should have him wash the jugs.
    2012 8 Taps 3 pts syrup.
    2013 38 Taps 10 gals. syrup made with turkey cooker
    2014 57 Taps 10 gals. syrup. Homemade fuel oil tank evaporator
    2015 51 Taps, 10 gals. syrup.
    2016 50 Taps, 9 gals. Syrup
    2017 54 Taps, 13 gals. syrup, a record year.
    2018 75 Taps,

  8. #488
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    I was out plowing sidewalks all Saturday and into Sunday morning. Took a long nap and the sun came out and I power washed the ATV in shorts and bare feet. But thats' what its like to live in Parker Co. I guess I be tapping around March 10 or so. Please don't be spooking the herd with talk about tapping anytime soon.
    3X10 Lapiere Waterloo small/CDL raised flue with oil fired homemade steam hood
    1700 taps all on vacuum thru sap ladders
    Smoky Lake auto draw off
    Custom 2X4 finish pan by 3rdgen
    Kubota BX 2370 tractor and Polaris ATV
    CDL Airtech L63
    CDL remote vacuum system sensing.
    2 double Bernard releasers
    Westfab 7" short bank
    More dang tanks and pumps than I can remember
    Yellow dog made from parts named Roxy

  9. #489
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haynes Forest Products View Post
    I was out plowing sidewalks all Saturday and into Sunday morning. Took a long nap and the sun came out and I power washed the ATV in shorts and bare feet. But thats' what its like to live in Parker Co. I guess I be tapping around March 10 or so. Please don't be spooking the herd with talk about tapping anytime soon.
    It could change like a switch, like , hmmmm, last year.
    Mark

    Where we made syrup long before the trendies made it popular, now its just another commodity.

    John Deere 4000, 830, and 420 crawler
    1400 taps, 600 gph CDL RO, 4x12 wood-fired Leader, forced air and preheater. 400 gallon Sap-O-Matic vacuum gathering tank, PTO powered. 2500 gallon X truck tank, 17 bulk tanks.
    No cage tanks allowed on this farm!

  10. #490
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    For my sake, I hope the thawing holds off until March 8th or so. A litter of Pups are do on March 3rd.
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    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
    2006- 2017 70 buckets and bags 1 36X42 flat pan.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

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