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  1. Thread: 2021 Season

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    Just about done washing up here (a 2-3 week...

    Just about done washing up here (a 2-3 week process for me!).
    Very good year. I was expecting less than average due to it being so dry and little snow cover.
    2nd best year ever. 110 taps
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  2. Thread: 2021 Season

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    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - collected 200 g...

    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - collected 200 g yesterday (about 110 taps). Some going well, some seem to be done. Up to 800+ gallons and there may be more. Now ahead of my 20 year average.
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    Eric Holm - I too am trying dish towels. My...

    Eric Holm - I too am trying dish towels. My helpful Wife donated a few and I cut them in quarters. I put 3 - 4 in my filter 'rack' and peal 1 or 2 out as I go. Then repeat. So far, very good. I only...
  4. Thread: 2021 Season

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    I purchased used quad tanks (260 g) from a...

    I purchased used quad tanks (260 g) from a commercial syrup producer. They had been used for transporting bulk syrup and had different weights marked on the side - and crossed off ….. I think syrup...
  5. Thread: 2021 Season

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    Great to hear - did you get the 3 membrane r/o? ...

    Great to hear - did you get the 3 membrane r/o?
    My sap started out at 1.25 brix so the r/o really helped. Running good here - collected about 4 g per tap so far with another 1-2 gallons per tap...
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    16 miles South of Aitkin. Nothing this week -...

    16 miles South of Aitkin. Nothing this week - could be the end, we'll see the next few days.
    Low end of average here - currently at 580 gallons on 99 taps (my ave. is 7 gal per tap).
    What are your...
  7. Thread: 2020 season

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    Schnep's, where are you located? My sugar bush is...

    Schnep's, where are you located? My sugar bush is 4 miles north of Garrison on US 169. If not to far away you could come up and see what I have.
    We would certainly honor safe distancing, but I...
  8. Thread: 2020 season

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    At about 100 taps, sounds like we are similar...

    At about 100 taps, sounds like we are similar size. I do mine alone, the Wife supports and does hands on when we bottle.
    My biggest bottleneck was cooking, and although I can get up to 15 gph...
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    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - 99 taps 580 gallons so...

    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - 99 taps 580 gallons so far - Nearly reached our 30 year average of 6 -7 gallons per tap. It is still running …. and the next few days look about the same. Hoping for another...
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    North of Mille Lacs - Slow

    NW Corner of Mille Lacs Lake - 99 taps on drop lines to buckets. Some are still not giving. Collected 130g before the cold spell and 100 more in the past couple days. Our average is about 10g per tap...
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    My first year with R/O. I bought 'The R/o...

    My first year with R/O. I bought 'The R/o Bucket'. I know the TDS sensor is to confirm that all the sugar and minerals are being filtered out.
    My question is, Can the TDS be used to measure brix?...
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    NW Corner of Mille Lacs Lake - put in 61 taps the...

    NW Corner of Mille Lacs Lake - put in 61 taps the past 2 days, many were going today. Putting drop lines and buckets on these tomorrow and then back to tapping. Cloudy and windy (the trees were...
  13. Thread: 2019

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    If I have the right sappers - Are you cooking at...

    If I have the right sappers -
    Are you cooking at Ruth's this year? Rumor has it you have an R/O …
  14. Thread: 2019

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    NW Corner of Lake Mille Lacs - planning 3rd cook...

    NW Corner of Lake Mille Lacs - planning 3rd cook tomorrow. Grand total of about 390 - 400 gallons on 67(?) taps. Curious to see if this upcoming warm spell will curtail the good runs that we've had.
  15. Thread: Measuring Brix

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    Thanks a lot for the tip! I just went to Amazon...

    Thanks a lot for the tip! I just went to Amazon and looked at them and learned a lot. They have specific gravity to brix conversion charts and the one I looked at is calibrated to 60 degrees F. It...
  16. Thread: Measuring Brix

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    Measuring Brix

    I would like to pull my concentrates from my wood fired evaporator at about 20 - 50 brix. Are there hydrometers that measure in this range? Where can I get one?
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    I agree with you. The details by hour (precip...

    I agree with you. The details by hour (precip type, wind speed & direction, etc.) are great - we us it all the time for riding bicycle.
  18. Thread: 2019

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    This afternoon (Sat.) tapped 17 NW corner of...

    This afternoon (Sat.) tapped 17 NW corner of Mille Lacs - all were dry. Planning on doing more tomorrow and finishing midweek (total of 85 -100).
  19. Thread: 2018

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    Thanks for the tip! Only a few miles away and I...

    Thanks for the tip! Only a few miles away and I was unaware. Have been to the Woodrow's Retail Store - great resource to have in our backyard!
  20. Thread: 2018

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    Wow! Very nice - how deep is your pan? and how...

    Wow! Very nice - how deep is your pan? and how deep do you run the sap in it?
    For me, and being a hobby, I enjoy the physics.
  21. Thread: 2018

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    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - 81 taps - about 350...

    NW Corner of Mille Lacs - 81 taps - about 350 gallons of sap. Cooked yesterday, still need to reduce concentrate. Guessing about 9 gallons of syrup. I will leave my taps in, but I wonder if it is...
  22. Thread: 2018

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    I have been using the 'Check Valve' taps for...

    I have been using the 'Check Valve' taps for about 5 years. Here on the NW corner of Mille Lacs, we have collected about 20% of our average so far. I tapped around 3/15. This could be the year we see...
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    I tapped in mid March - like I usually do. I use...

    I tapped in mid March - like I usually do. I use 'check valve' taps with drop lines to buckets.
    Seems I read here something about 20 - 30 days, but that must assume above freezing daytime temps and...
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    Hole Production

    Seems to me I read somewhere there is a fixed (?) amount of time a hole can be expected to produce - was it 20, or 30 days (?) from when tapped?
    I seem to recall this as the amount of time before...
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    I use the 1 quart of syrup per tap forecast -...

    I use the 1 quart of syrup per tap forecast - varies year to year, but at 10 gallons of sap per tap you get 1 quart. At that rate, with 240 taps you should get 60 gallons !!!!!
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