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    I was able to suck in 150 gallons of sap over the...

    I was able to suck in 150 gallons of sap over the last 2 days. It was all buddy. I finished what was in the syrup pan and it came out very dark and strong. Tastes like roasted marshmallows. Should be...
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    This is what I do as well. Take the pan off,...

    This is what I do as well. Take the pan off, brush off all the loose stuff then soak it with oven cleaner. Let it sit a couple hours then hit it with the pressure washer. Gets it clean enough for me....
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    Forgot to add, after a few boils on the new pans...

    Forgot to add, after a few boils on the new pans I've gotten comfortable enough to really push it. I was trying to see the other night how high I could get the gph. I dropped the level in the pans...
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    To my surprise I came home yesterday to 100...

    To my surprise I came home yesterday to 100 gallons of sap. Went down to check the releaser and sap was flying in. No idea why. It was warm the day before, no freeze overnight, and really warm during...
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    Boiled down 250 gallons Saturday and another 200...

    Boiled down 250 gallons Saturday and another 200 last night. Made 10 gallons of syrup. Still making amber. I figured with the warm temps it would go to dark but it hasn't. Looks like it should run...
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    So far I've only been able to boil twice but it's...

    So far I've only been able to boil twice but it's averaging about 42-44gph. I haven't been pushing it to hard until I get a feel for it. The season isn't looking to great, hopefully the weather for...
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    Same here too. Our woods are always exactly the...

    Same here too. Our woods are always exactly the same russ. Our seasons usually mirror each other pretty closely. I have a really cold woods and tap mostly reds, which i believe you do too? I watch...
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    Been a slow few days... I boiled this past...

    Been a slow few days... I boiled this past weekend and made 4 gallons of syrup. Pretty light stuff, came out as amber but really close to golden. Finished it and bottled up on Monday night. Now just...
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    Stacking the wood in front of the evaporator was...

    Stacking the wood in front of the evaporator was a bad idea... one that is gone I'll have plenty of room. As it is now, yes it gets quite toasty loading wood lol.
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    Finally got enough sap to boil. Did my first boil...

    Finally got enough sap to boil. Did my first boil yesterday. Got the pans sweet and ready to go for the season. Just need some more sap now. The vacuum taps are producing but the gravity ones have...
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    The sap finally started running today. I came...

    The sap finally started running today. I came home to about 100 gallons in the vacuum tank. Not to bad... the gravity line was another story. It was dripping some, maybe about 20 gallons in the tank....
  12. Thread: Metabolism

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    Metabolism is from the trees. There's nothing you...

    Metabolism is from the trees. There's nothing you can do about it. It's not something that you can filter out or boil off. It will smell like old socks while boiling it. If you get sap the has...
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    Hi Ellen, I don't know Jim, but then again...

    Hi Ellen,

    I don't know Jim, but then again I'm a pretty big home body. I don't get out much! We're definitely a lot farther south than you but I'm at 1300 feet elevation and my woods sits in a...
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    Not much sap to speak of today... only got up to...

    Not much sap to speak of today... only got up to 38 here but not until late in the day. Last night was cold too. I had 16 when I woke up. I got enough through the vacuum lines to flush them out so...
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    I add a drop of defoamer right at the inlet float...

    I add a drop of defoamer right at the inlet float box every time I fire. They pretty much takes care of everything. If I need a drop here or there then I add it where it is needed but that is pretty...
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    Sleepy forest maple 2021

    I figured I'd start my own post this year. Added 100 taps this year. All on 5/16 gravity. It's all set up to be vacuum in the future, possibly next year if everything goes alright. That puts my tap...
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    I think bender releasers have a designed leak to...

    I think bender releasers have a designed leak to operate properly. They can't handle high vacuum.
  18. Whiskey and ginger with a shot of syrup is pretty...

    Whiskey and ginger with a shot of syrup is pretty darn good too
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    Welcome. Glad to have someone new joining the...

    Welcome. Glad to have someone new joining the maple world! I started small and have grown a lot. It's part of the journey!
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    I didn't start tapping until I was 30. I'm now 35...

    I didn't start tapping until I was 30. I'm now 35 and I love it. The main reason I started was I remembered doing it with my grandpa when I was youthful. Going out on the old artic cat with the hand...
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    I don't take any chances. I run my drop flue at...

    I don't take any chances. I run my drop flue at 2" to start the season. If I feel like pushing it I'll go to 1.5 after my first couple boils. Honestly I've never seen that huge of an improvement to...
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    Is the bucket by the road or where someone else...

    Is the bucket by the road or where someone else could get to it? I had someone put coca cola in a couple of my road side buckets before I changed to tubing...
  23. I use smoky lake pans, who also make badgerland,...

    I use smoky lake pans, who also make badgerland, with the same opening between the channels. I've never had a problem like you are describing. All my niter buildup is mostly by the draw off. How much...
  24. You can do it this way, but what i do is this....

    You can do it this way, but what i do is this. Close the valve so the open part of the ball is going sideways. Then drill a small hole in the side of the valve body that lines up with the hole in the...
  25. Your can drill a hole in the side of a ball valve...

    Your can drill a hole in the side of a ball valve to allow the sap to drain from the ball when its in the closed position. It won't affect the operation of the valve either.
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