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    Pulled our taps yesterday-no sap production for...

    Pulled our taps yesterday-no sap production for the last week and it’s been far too warm during the day-sugars are all budded out-stick a fork in it and listen to the fat lady sing-done for the year....
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    I’m betting it’s over here too. Only a random...

    I’m betting it’s over here too. Only a random night here and there in the forecast shows freezing and then only by a degree or two... I collected Sunday and had probably last boil of the season-3...
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    I do this as well, then a dunk in Star-San to...

    I do this as well, then a dunk in Star-San to disinfect everything, buckets, lids, lines, taps-etc. Set everything out to dry in the sun and pack it all away for the season.

    Before I return...
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    Good deal!

    Good deal!
  5. If a brand new system there may be a defective...

    If a brand new system there may be a defective part somewhere. It happens.
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    Are you on gravity or vacuum?

    Are you on gravity or vacuum?
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    Every overnight low in my 10 day forecast after...

    Every overnight low in my 10 day forecast after Thursday night/Friday morning is 30 or below-I think this was just a ďstallĒ
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    Exactly my thoughts, every season so far there...

    Exactly my thoughts, every season so far there has been a stall of a couple days to a week or so. Too warm for sap weather hasn’t settled permanently on us just yet. Patience!
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    First week of my season was decent-boiled on the...

    First week of my season was decent-boiled on the barrel evaporator Sunday and got 6.5 pints.

    Collected 16 gallons of sap from 12 taps today...
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    Aside from sealing up gaps and cracks to keep the heat focused at your pans adding more insulation is your best bet. Brick up the sides as far as you can without them falling over from the curve of...
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    So it wouldn’t have any application on a stand...

    So it wouldn’t have any application on a stand alone evaporator outside of a sugar shack then? I just have a 55gal drum evap on a pallet.
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    Maybe itís because I havenít had any coffee yet today but Iím still not understanding this formula/ratio as described. Can you give an example of some dimensions and how it applies? Thanks.
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    This. If feeding them fast doses of hot lead is...

    This. If feeding them fast doses of hot lead is not possible then I would trap them and try to relocate them or otherwise encourage them to not return.
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    I’ll be tapping a dozen or so of my best trees...

    I’ll be tapping a dozen or so of my best trees tomorrow, hopefully things will be running well here.
  15. I use a defoamer in my 2 vollrath pans in my...

    I use a defoamer in my 2 vollrath pans in my hobby barrel evaporator. Butter actually, it works well.
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    Iím not an expert, but I believe that the refractory cement is just a filler for between the bricks or to seal up gaps and cracks-not to really be used for an actual all around coating...
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    Yeah it seems this month is a wash due to the...

    Yeah it seems this month is a wash due to the temps. It remains to be seen how the season will progress and how long it will last and if it will all even out in the end or if February will be ‘lost...
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    Prediction is for lower than average temps yes,...

    Prediction is for lower than average temps yes, but only slightly higher chance (55 vs an even 50/50) so not a very strong prediction. Along with an even 50/50 chance of average precipitation. ...
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    Where are you seeing those predictions? Do you...

    Where are you seeing those predictions? Do you have a source or a website you can share?

    Thanks.
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    West Michigan 2021 season?

    Anyone out there planning or starting to lay out taps, tubing, etc.?

    What are you all thinking for your start date? Iíve typically started around Presidentís Day in Allegan Co-but due to other...
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    You seem to have had a good first years,...

    You seem to have had a good first years, congrats!

    I too am pulling taps and gathering buckets to clean them-nothing since Monday and no freezing temps in the forecast-I pulled half of them today...
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    Agreed, 10 forecast says it’s over and I’m going...

    Agreed, 10 forecast says it’s over and I’m going to start pulling underperforming taps. But I’ll wait until things are well and done with no hope of returning before I remove them all-the weather...
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    With the freezing overnight and the 40’s and 50’s...

    With the freezing overnight and the 40’s and 50’s since Sunday I’ve a couple of the best one day runs this season. Not sure of the sugar content as I have too much competition for my time right now...
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    Pitifully short season if it stops now, it’s...

    Pitifully short season if it stops now, it’s early yet.
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    They were just getting rolling yesterday-I had 8...

    They were just getting rolling yesterday-I had 8 gal on 26 taps. 27 gal today, more than 3x as much.
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