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    I have found that reds that are covered in water...

    I have found that reds that are covered in water for a long period of time the previous year do not run well the following year. Some reds will really run, others are duds. They are hard to...
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    I've never used the oven to reheat syrup but I...

    I've never used the oven to reheat syrup but I have decanted filtered cold syrup into canning jars, then use a large stock pot on the stove top as a water bath to heat the syrup to over 180. That's...
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    RMG has a pretty big operation. I bet all the...

    RMG has a pretty big operation. I bet all the big producers had two really big days that last week and a half of season. Kind of puts it in perspective when they make as much syrup in a half hour...
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    no misprint on the gallons of sap. that's at...

    no misprint on the gallons of sap. that's at least 500 gallons of syrup in a day.
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    Ended with over 30 gallons of syrup. Not bad for...

    Ended with over 30 gallons of syrup. Not bad for a week and a half, still working on clean up and washing buckets for a second time in the same year.
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    I guess I hadn't worked out the syrup bug...

    I guess I hadn't worked out the syrup bug downstate this year, so I packed up my 2x6 about 200 buckets and everything else and headed to my camp near Germfask to finish out the season. Picked a good...
  7. I didn't get the dirty sock smell this year but...

    I didn't get the dirty sock smell this year but the last syrup from yesterday sure had the tootsie roll taste. I save a gallon of it each year for my vanilla ice cream. I can the rest for my kids...
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    Hunt4syrup, make the syrup, it will be fine. You...

    Hunt4syrup, make the syrup, it will be fine. You can make great syrup when the flowers are completely open on reds and silvers. They usually just stop running before syrup goes buddy. It's sugar...
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    Yes it can

    Yes it can
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    Looks like the flower buds are just starting to...

    Looks like the flower buds are just starting to open. I have made perfectly good syrup when in full flower. The issue is if you have viable taps or not or if it just stops running. My reds and...
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    TapTapTap , You are correct. Glass breakage was...

    TapTapTap , You are correct. Glass breakage was his main concern, along with having an exposed surface that is easy to clean. I believe the LED strip lighting with plastic covers would be ok. We...
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    If are you thinking about being a licenced...

    If are you thinking about being a licenced Michigan facility in the future your inspector will want all your lighting inside a shielded enclosure. Our inspector gave us a year to update our fixtures...
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    You need to have a label with your address/contact information on it. It should have a phone # or website contact as well. It needs to have a statment that "this product has been produced in a...
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    Not sure what the pulp market is like in your...

    Not sure what the pulp market is like in your area or how much property you own , but I did pretty well on a thinning cut on my UP property several yrs ago. Lots of aspen like that and some bigger...
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    It looks like aspen to me not sure which species...

    It looks like aspen to me not sure which species the pics are a little blurry. I'm burning cottonwood in my evaporator right now, which is a related species, and I like it very much. I would not...
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    Looks like the warm weather is heading north next...

    Looks like the warm weather is heading north next week at the mi/oh border. Big difference in the local TV weatherman's predictions. One is calling for highs for 2 days in the low to mid 70s. Most...
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    Reds and silvers always have swollen flower buds...

    Reds and silvers always have swollen flower buds this time of year, they are not leaf buds. I tapped my office yard trees in Toledo today. Glad I waited, it was over 60 here yesterday. I will tap...
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    Nice looking syrup.

    Nice looking syrup.
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    I tap over 95% reds and I could send you almost...

    I tap over 95% reds and I could send you almost identical pics once I have my first boil.
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    One more option is to find a milk strainer/...

    One more option is to find a milk strainer/ filter that fits your top opening. I found a used stainless one at a sale that fits the top of my 50 gallon plastic tank perfectly. You can't just pour...
  21. I am south of you in Monroe county and I am not...

    I am south of you in Monroe county and I am not tapping until next Monday or Tuesday. The weekend highs down here will be in the 50s , not freeze at night, and possibly rain. With it freezing every...
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    I have some older metal spiles that didn't even...

    I have some older metal spiles that didn't even have holes in them, just open seams pinched together. I opened then up straight out the back with a small drill bit which helped. Most of my taps...
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    To answer your question about other trees that...

    To answer your question about other trees that run. From my own experience birches and hop hornbeam will run, especially later in the season. Nut trees will run to varying degrees (walnut,butternut,...
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    It's mold. If it's for personal use, I would skim...

    It's mold. If it's for personal use, I would skim it, bring it to boil and use it. It could just be a bad jar seal.
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    I'm waiting for the rain to go thru the first...

    I'm waiting for the rain to go thru the first part of next week in southern Mi. It might thaw things out and knock down the snow a bit. I will tap mid week or towards the end of next week. It's...
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