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  1. #651
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny Knoll Farm View Post
    Sweeeet Season - half my taps are on silvers and the weather didn't look favorable so I pulled taps last night. Finished boiling out the pans tonight. I averaged 4% sugar ( I had one 150 gal day at 4.2+) this year and was able to get 37 gallons out of 820 sap. I just love those big yard trees. One silver I tap is 16' around. Things were running sweet and smooth so I didn't bother running the RO again. Just need to filter/bottle and clean up. My to-do list for next year is only 2 pages long but I swear I'm going to get most of it done - especially the shurflo/tubing setup, kitchen, walls, plumbing, etc, etc ! If (when) I get this stuff done 100 gal. syrup should be manageable.
    Wow!! Yes, I tap a handful of huge yard silvers as well. Amazing trees. Blink and the buckets overflow some days.
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    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.

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    Yesterday was the best run of the year for me. And probably the last. Gonna cook it up later this week and call it a season. Low sap count overall, but high sugar saved the year. I think I’ll be right on from last year but I added 15 more trees.
    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

  3. #653
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    Gatzow, yes, when I went to pump out the barrel at my 30 sugars on 3/16 yesterday, it was running in fastest I've seen all season; solid stream out of the three lines. Sap's still making great syrup but today will be the last collection and boil. I added 25 trees this year, but will probably make another 4+ gallons over last year. I'll call it a successful season for sure. Sap:Syrup has been 36:1 overall and that's nice! RO for next year or my wife will kill me
    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.

  4. #654
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    I'm still in the game. exceeded my finish filtered product from 213 gallons last year to 227 gallons as of tonight. We'll see what nature offers yet this week. This could be our most productive year so far.
    2x6 Smokey Lake raised flue w/AUF
    16x30 Sugar Shack
    7" SL SS filter press
    Smokey Lake water jacketed finish pan & bottler
    350 RO
    517 taps and I seem to keep finding more!

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    Bottled up my last bit of syrup for the season last night. Unreal amount of niter in it. Drained the evaporator pan after it had settled overnight and the next day so what I pulled off was pretty clear. While finishing that, the build-up of niter was unreal. I filtered off 2 gallons of syrup and probably had a pint of crap in the first prefilter.

    Anyways, decent season for us and our little (and learning) operation. Had 99 maple taps this year. Some didn't do much, but we ended up with 28 gallons of syrup off a bit over 1000 gallons of sap (no precise #s due to forgetfulness to record properly). Most taps are still silvers and were done on 3/26, but our 32 sugars kept us going longer this year. 4 more gallons of syrup over last year (and that was with 1200 gallons of sap). Not going to complain, but it sure was crazy. Now to clean up and get moving on MTB race prep (not quite in shape yet!).
    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.

  6. #656
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    Just lit the last fire of the year. Had to go on a work trip for a few days this week. Sap in main storage looks fine but the sap in my 40 gallon tank looks to have gone bad. Doesn’t have a smell to it but it definitely got cloudy. I’m curious what your “rules” are. How do you know sap spoiled and you won’t use it? I have 40 or 50 gallons out in bags on the trees that I have to check and collect as well. Regardless, today is the end for me!!
    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

  7. #657
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatzow View Post
    Just lit the last fire of the year. Had to go on a work trip for a few days this week. Sap in main storage looks fine but the sap in my 40 gallon tank looks to have gone bad. Doesn’t have a smell to it but it definitely got cloudy. I’m curious what your “rules” are. How do you know sap spoiled and you won’t use it? I have 40 or 50 gallons out in bags on the trees that I have to check and collect as well. Regardless, today is the end for me!!
    "Rules"?
    Cook it until it isn't syrup any more. Hers the challenge.... dont know sometimes until you cook it...
    2x6 Smokey Lake raised flue w/AUF
    16x30 Sugar Shack
    7" SL SS filter press
    Smokey Lake water jacketed finish pan & bottler
    350 RO
    517 taps and I seem to keep finding more!

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