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    Whatever size you pick will be too small in 5...

    Whatever size you pick will be too small in 5 years! Sugarmakers are like goldfish - we grow to the size of the bowl.

    I highly recommend you visit a number of producers that have similar setups to...
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    Our gypsy moth caterpillars stopped defoliating...

    Our gypsy moth caterpillars stopped defoliating trees a few weeks ago - and either died from the virus that's starting to knock them back, or have since turned into moths. Luckily they've mostly left...
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    If they remain fully open after a couple of years...

    If they remain fully open after a couple of years the tree is in poor condition and not growing very fast. If you're looking at this year's tapholes they will still be mostly open. 2020 tapholes...
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    Eastern Ontario is in a full peak infestation of...

    Eastern Ontario is in a full peak infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars this year. Last year they stripped the oaks, basswood, poplar and birch trees before moving on to the maples and even some...
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    Dr Tim is right - you'll still get moisture in...

    Dr Tim is right - you'll still get moisture in that line no matter how perfectly your releaser is functioning. One day this season I had one remote releaser 500 feet from the vacuum pump that would...
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    That's a great yield for 2021 Paul. Many of us...

    That's a great yield for 2021 Paul. Many of us were dealing with 1.5% sap for much of the season and I've heard from many producers who got 2/3 of a crop. These darn gypsy moth caterpillars...
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    One of the maple producers near us planted a...

    One of the maple producers near us planted a couple acre orchard of 8-10 foot high maple saplings after the 1998 ice storm. I believe they tapped it for the first time last year. Those trees are...
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    Peter, The producers near us that have...

    Peter,

    The producers near us that have underground mainlines have been able to do it because they have a lot of sand and gravel and can get below frost line. We are unable to do it because of...
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    Sugar crystals are definitely because you drew...

    Sugar crystals are definitely because you drew the syrup off too thick and didn't adjust back down with distilled water. When you batch boil (which happens more at the end of the season) this is much...
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    Every one of my customers that makes a few Litres...

    Every one of my customers that makes a few Litres of their own still buys from me because our syrup is cheaper when you factor in the equipment and fuel costs - plus repainting the kitchen!
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    We would still be down about 10% from a normal...

    We would still be down about 10% from a normal year.. Always tough to compare apples to apples because we're making improvements every year that increase what a normal yield should be. At one point...
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    We have to increase our defoamer usage late in...

    We have to increase our defoamer usage late in the season to keep the syrup pans from overtopping the partitions. Whenever possible we only add defoamer to the incoming sap (concentrate) but late in...
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    We finished our last boil on Tuesday. We got a...

    We finished our last boil on Tuesday. We got a freezeup on Monday night but barely got 1000 gallons (1/4 GPT) on Tuesday so it was obvious we were done. The syrup we were making was still good and...
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    It's looking like today might be our last for...

    It's looking like today might be our last for this season. We've been getting decent sap for the last week but sugar content has been way down at 1.5-1.7%. We had a small boil Saturday to clean up...
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    We've had the flue pan turn snotty on us in less...

    We've had the flue pan turn snotty on us in less than 36 hours at the end of the season. Keep an eye on it and if you can drain it and store the sweet somewhere colder you'll have les risk of it...
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    Yes - if we have very dark sweet in the pans...

    Yes - if we have very dark sweet in the pans we'll drain them and throw in a barrel if we know there's a freeze up coming and we'll get clean, fresh sap. The very dark sweet will get slowly added...
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    It's looking like we won't freeze for the next 3...

    It's looking like we won't freeze for the next 3 nights. Hopefully we can survive this hot spell and make it to the weekend when it's supposed to cool off. In the meantime all we can do it process...
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    Bruce - no noticeable increase in squirrel...

    Bruce - no noticeable increase in squirrel damage. Most damage is deer chews with some coyote and bear chews on mainlines. We did have a small section of woods a few years ago where a squirrel had...
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    We got our first boil in on Thursday - nothing...

    We got our first boil in on Thursday - nothing crazy but enough to sweeten the pans and make enough for it to be worth our while. Friday I had an OK boil but it ran later in the day and I wanted to...
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    I am very happy we tapped early before we got...

    I am very happy we tapped early before we got that crust on top of the snow! I'd much rather wade through 2 feet of fluffy snow than have every 2nd step break through the crust (even in snowshoes)....
  21. LOL no worries. We have trees that have been...

    LOL no worries. We have trees that have been tapped for 70 years (and over-tapped for many of those) so old scars are everywhere! Not to diminish the importance of good tapping practices - but when...
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    We have a 2nd float between the flue pan and...

    We have a 2nd float between the flue pan and syrup pan so that allows us to set the flue pan 1" above the flues and 2" in the syrup pan. Every evaporator is different and the shallower you can...
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    Sounds like you need some more snow Bruce!?! Ours...

    Sounds like you need some more snow Bruce!?! Ours is between knee deep and mid thigh. Hopefully the cold weather puts a bit of a crust on top so we can get around on snowshoes to get vacuum sensors...
  24. A pattern is definitely a good idea and works on...

    A pattern is definitely a good idea and works on a small scale. On a large scale you pick the first "good" spot on the tree that you see, drill it, hammer and go. We tend to follow roughly the same...
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    Most suppliers have generic labels you can simply...

    Most suppliers have generic labels you can simply add your name label to and be in conformance with labelling laws. Many people use Avery labels but they are typically not waterproof.

    We've...
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