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    Done!! Taps pulled, lines sanitized and tanks...

    Done!! Taps pulled, lines sanitized and tanks cleaned. Not a bad year for us with 44 gallons of syrup. Now bring on the pancakes!!!
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    Just boiled down 400 gallons over two days. We...

    Just boiled down 400 gallons over two days. We pre filtered out of the big tank and it did not want to go through. We then finished it off the tried filtering again with pre filter and orlon filter....
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    Thanks @Eric Holm for the filter tip. I will have...

    Thanks @Eric Holm for the filter tip. I will have to give it a try.
    Last two days nothing running. Hoping today the flow returns to which it looks like maybe an end on April 1st according to the...
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    First boil on 3/9. 140 gallons in the tank with a...

    First boil on 3/9. 140 gallons in the tank with a 1.2 BRIX reading which I think is a bit low. End result was 62:1. Nothing flowing but maybe today and the next two weeks look favorable.
    I still...
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    Fairly windy today with a decent flow with the...

    Fairly windy today with a decent flow with the assistance of a Shurflo 4008. Not expected to go below freezing until 5 AM so pumps will run all night. With any luck we will have our first boil down...
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    3/2/2021 only a few wet taps with temps reaching...

    3/2/2021 only a few wet taps with temps reaching 45 late in the afternoon. Today 3/3 once again reaching in the 40’s after noon but with full sun since early am. May take a few days to wake the trees...
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    Starting setup North of Nashwauk 2021

    Walked out line placements on Thursday 2/25/2021 using a compass and range finder following a well mapped out plan by our brother in law. Left foot prints in about 6” of crusty snow so my crew of...
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    Dusting of snow today!!! Fairly decent flow...

    Dusting of snow today!!! Fairly decent flow still on with signs of maple buds swelling. We are up to 26 gallons of finished syrup for the year not expecting to beat our last year record of 52. Looks...
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    Tapping Northern MN 2020

    Set out with snowshoes three weeks ago to pack snow and Mark trees following our well designed maps from last year which were laid out with a compass and range finder. Yesterday , 2/28 we were able...
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    2019 season came to an end. Very good year....

    2019 season came to an end. Very good year. Finished at 54 Gallons
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    First boil for the season on 3/28 finishing on...

    First boil for the season on 3/28 finishing on 3/29. 360 gallons of sap reduced for 30 hours to 9 gallons at approx. 12 GPH. It is not the most efficient method but a method for sure. Temperatures...
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    Decent flow the last 3 days. Today 3/24 not to be...

    Decent flow the last 3 days. Today 3/24 not to be very warm but we will see. After that it looks like the next two weeks are holding for ideal temps. Subject to the accuracy of the models utilized by...
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    Tapping North of Nashwauk (Effie) 2019

    Well all in on 3/16/2019. 11 runs with ~250 taps on 3/16” and 3/16” drops. Weather looks to be ideal starting the 18th. Will add 12v vacuum soon.
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    Was definitely a challenge with all...
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    Done for 2018, pulled taps and nothing but the...

    Done for 2018, pulled taps and nothing but the cleanup now.
    Not a great year but not a total loss.
    120 taps on buckets
    240 taps on 3/16 ( all on vacuum last weekend)
    Finished with 14 gallons of...
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    Billschi. Yes but very short lived. I put a...

    Billschi. Yes but very short lived. I put a vacuum on 6 lines as An experiment and it only pulled 24 gallons from about 150 taps in 4 hrs. Giving it another shot with vacuum on all 11 lines tomorrow...
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    Billschi by no means are we experts either. Last...

    Billschi by no means are we experts either. Last year we tapped March 3rd and finished April 16th with the biggest runs the last three weeks. We tapped again the first weekend of March and here we...
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    Still waiting patiently. Thought we would have a...

    Still waiting patiently. Thought we would have a couple days prior to sub freezing temps through the weekend but not producing. 15 day forecast starting on the 15th looks to be the real thing this...
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    Still nothing. Everything froze solid. Ice...

    Still nothing. Everything froze solid. Ice fishing is great though. :lol:
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    Collected 125 gallons on 3/24 and boiled down to...

    Collected 125 gallons on 3/24 and boiled down to 3.3 gallons on 3/25. Taps on buckets froze solid with not much to talk about. Sap collected was from the 3/16 lines.
    Fresh snow today (6-8”) and...
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    Sugar Shack by 3rd Street Brewery

    Sugar Shack by 3rd Street Brewery
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    Remember, kill one squirrel and 10 come to the...

    Remember, kill one squirrel and 10 come to the funeral.
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    Lines flowing but only at a good drip. Buckets...

    Lines flowing but only at a good drip. Buckets are really doing nothing. As it is our first year of 3/16 we figured we would gauge the system off the buckets to let us know if it is working. Think...
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    Finished tapping. Ten lines of 3/16 ~ 225 taps...

    Finished tapping. Ten lines of 3/16 ~ 225 taps and ~ 75 buckets. Temps this week look to be ideal. We are ready.
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    25 taps per line. Tapped another line yesterday...

    25 taps per line. Tapped another line yesterday and the same thing. Flowing sap half way up then nothing. Not a fast flow yet gas sap gas sap gas sap which would potentially mean no air leak. I guess...
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    Tapping in Effie, Mn 3/3/2018

    Started tapping Saturday 3/3/2018
    Slow process as we are new to this 3/16. Got the first two runs tapped which was painfull looking like the three stuges but lots of fun. Will continue today the...
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