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    had a long boil late in the season this year with...

    had a long boil late in the season this year with the usual darker syrup result.Checked the sap in my trees and the sugar content in the smaller trees
    was 1% or less but my bigger trees were still...
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    Next year check the sap sugar of your trees half...

    Next year check the sap sugar of your trees half way through the season. Sometimes the small trees' sugar is low
    by then and they bring your total sugar down...and you end up with lengthy boils and...
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    Well done! Like you i hung in there when the...

    Well done!
    Like you i hung in there when the heat wave hit and took the opportunity to clean my pails and pans.
    The trees took off again for 12 days with the freezing nights and warm days. My last...
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    Lots of sap Easter weekend and a great finish to...

    Lots of sap Easter weekend and a great finish to the season. I posted earlier my sap was down to 1.5 brix.The last boil at
    1.5 brix i went through 83 gallons for a bit over 5 litres of syrup.So i...
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    my trees just poured sap yesterday but started...

    my trees just poured sap yesterday but started very late and sap collection was less than expected.Should be good today.
    Problem now is my sugar content is down to 1.5 %...that's 60 gallons sap per...
  6. ...that's 40 gallons per tap, wow! what is the...

    ...that's 40 gallons per tap, wow!
    what is the sugar content?
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    i'm thinking we are going to have an excellent...

    i'm thinking we are going to have an excellent run on friday and even better saturday...
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    3rd boil this week...hanging on has been...

    3rd boil this week...hanging on has been worthwhile and yesterdays run was good.
    Maybe a trickle Thurs. and Friday and another good run Saturday.
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    if you have trouble boiling in the front it's...

    if you have trouble boiling in the front it's probably a good move. If you can boil the front pan good then drawing at
    the front is more convenient.
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    i saw that after i posted...heh, i'm getting' old!

    i saw that after i posted...heh, i'm getting' old!
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    That's spooky...i just collected 22 gallons too,...

    That's spooky...i just collected 22 gallons too, but i didn't break my sap hydrometer! A solid 2.0% sugar and nice and clear.
    1 of the pails of sap i had saved ( 4 days) was just starting to get...
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    Well we had a good freeze last night.I just...

    Well we had a good freeze last night.I just checked couple of pails and it's dripping!
    I have a couple of inches in my pails from yesterday...with small run today and hopefully another
    good run...
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    so...your last boil is getting dark.How dark? ...

    so...your last boil is getting dark.How dark?
    I'm going to hang in another week!
  14. our season is nearly over and i did indeed tap...

    our season is nearly over and i did indeed tap the north side on some trees.Throughout the season i found my north taps
    dripped about 25% of the tap on the south, east or west side of the same...
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    i have now taken an inch of ice off my sap...

    i have now taken an inch of ice off my sap barrel, thawed it and checked the sugar content.
    a pretty consistent .04%
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    There must be something else going on.The spot...

    There must be something else going on.The spot welded dividers will not stop you from
    getting a gradient,I have used them, a gradient is established quickly and they work as good as
    welded...
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    i tapped extra trees this year but my syrup...

    i tapped extra trees this year but my syrup totals will probably be 2/3 normal.
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    next year finish it all at the end...then you can...

    next year finish it all at the end...then you can blend the dark with the light.
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    well done!

    well done!
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    My neighbour has 330 taps, quits when he has 200...

    My neighbour has 330 taps, quits when he has 200 litres of syrup, and just lets the taps run.He only gathered sap
    4 times last year!
    He says until you process it, it's just water so tap more...
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    this stretch of unproductive weather has been the...

    this stretch of unproductive weather has been the perfect environment for bugs and mould. Cleaned and re hung all my pails today.
    I'll give it one more week and then it's time to finish the syrup...
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    don't give up yet if there is frost in your...

    don't give up yet if there is frost in your bush.It will keep the sap too cold to start the buds.
    Take your buckets off and turn them upside down or empty them daily...you don't want an
    inch of sap...
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    Stored my sweet yesterday and cleaned my pans....

    Stored my sweet yesterday and cleaned my pans. Ready to resume when the trees cooperate!
    ...my sap has been extra sweet this year.
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    have you ever taken the sweet out of your pans...

    have you ever taken the sweet out of your pans and stored it in pails in a cool place until your next boil?
    after it's been boiled it's sterilized.
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    Totally up to you. My neighbour has 330 taps and...

    Totally up to you.
    My neighbour has 330 taps and as soon as he gets 200 litres of syrup he's done. I think he only
    gathered sap 4 times last year!
    Last year i boiled until the sugar content was...
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