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    I got less than 400l of sap this year. Have to...

    I got less than 400l of sap this year. Have to finish off my 4th and last bath which should be about 3l syrup. A little disappointed but ah well.
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    I have tiny amounts of sap left in a few buckets....

    I have tiny amounts of sap left in a few buckets. Only #1 and #2 have anything worth collecting. Will be pulling their spiles later. Think I've collected less than 400l sap this year.
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    Some trees are drying up entirely. Some have 1...

    Some trees are drying up entirely. Some have 1 or 2 spiles still going. I think I'm basically done for this season.
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    Just got a decent haul of clear perfect sap,...

    Just got a decent haul of clear perfect sap, around 26l this morning. In trees with multiple spiles, the South spiles are done and the West ones are slowing a lot too. Only the North side spiles are...
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    Lots of ice out there, far more than I would have...

    Lots of ice out there, far more than I would have thought. Still frickin cold and windy.
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    Batch #3, 117l of sap has resulted in 4l-ish...

    Batch #3, 117l of sap has resulted in 4l-ish (haven't filtered nitre yet) of what looks like Amber. Haven't graded yet.

    Did the numbers and shocked that I have collected only 307l sap to date...
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    paulslund, this afternoon's collection should...

    paulslund, this afternoon's collection should keep for today...I've collected and made wonderful syrup from late-season sap that was around a week old when I got it!

    I just collected about 40l and...
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    Lol it was only 22 litres not 22 gallons...thank...

    Lol it was only 22 litres not 22 gallons...thank gawd...still bummed about breaking that therm. Gaaaahhh.
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    Had one of those windshield/bug days...just...

    Had one of those windshield/bug days...just collected 22l of nice clear sweet sap from my trees....and carelessly grabbed a tea towel to mop up a spill...and my Smokey Lake hydrotherm went flying and...
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    Still hanging in there. Got two Amber batches so...

    Still hanging in there. Got two Amber batches so far and one batch of nearup which is almost pitch black. Tastes good though.
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    Just finished double-checking density with the...

    Just finished double-checking density with the Smokey Lake setup and colour with the grader....both batches are within 1/4 hashmark of where they need to be, which is by far the closest I've ever...
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    Sap can be cloudy but still be ok to use. Just...

    Sap can be cloudy but still be ok to use. Just smell and/or taste it first. It's when it starts to get a thick ropey texture and smells awful that it's time to dump it.
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    Eek a stove or shack fire can be a scary thing! I...

    Eek a stove or shack fire can be a scary thing! I have always had a heat shield in Shack Whacky as it is made of pallets and sheet metal. A friend just hinged together a couple pieces of sheet metal...
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    Slow run of only 14ish litres today. Thank gawd. ...

    Slow run of only 14ish litres today. Thank gawd. Still working my way down through batch #2 which should make around 4l.
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    Just go with it. That's all you, or anyone else,...

    Just go with it. That's all you, or anyone else, can reasonably do. Don't pull your spiles until they either stop producing completely, or your sap goes from clear and sweet to cloudy, bad-smelling...
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    @ MusterdSeedMom....if I were you, I'd finish...

    @ MusterdSeedMom....if I were you, I'd finish what you already have in the pans first, then tackle the rest of the sap. Why risk wasting 800l worth of good sap by adding sap that may be on its way...
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    Hey jungmaria, tbh I think most of us would say...

    Hey jungmaria, tbh I think most of us would say it's anyone's guess at this point. I'm seeing +17 in my area, warm sunny day....great, but usually I don't see these temps til mid-late April. Seeing...
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    LOL nope! Just as well eh! :-) So uhh what's my...

    LOL nope! Just as well eh! :-) So uhh what's my sugar content?

    Seems my celebration was a little premature cause this morning I was admiring this first batch....and saw sparklies :-( So checked...
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    Yay! Very happy for you :-) Just gotta sit...

    Yay! Very happy for you :-) Just gotta sit tight and wait at times.

    At this end, had a busy evening galloping between Shack Whacky and the house...boiling down 30l of sap outside, then inside to...
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    *Waving* Hey Leslie! Good to see you here again!...

    *Waving* Hey Leslie! Good to see you here again! :-)

    Just brought in an empty 15l container....my fave kind lol! There is a second one out there in Shack Whacky all ready to go into that nice...
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    I've done this too, many times over the last 2-3yrs, finishing syrup at a low simmer on my cast iron woodstove. Problem is, the syrup tends to be too dense and so have to add fresh sap or distilled...
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    Whoa there. We're heading into a very warm spell...

    Whoa there. We're heading into a very warm spell and my trees LOVE warm spells, and maybe yours do too. Don't forget that you are a good 50-60km North of me. That is at least 4 microclimates right...
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    Glad to see fellow sugaring peeps are staying out...

    Glad to see fellow sugaring peeps are staying out of trouble :-) Nothing but ice in my pails, and basically no change in the temps all day, so I got happy with my lil Ryobi chainsaw and bucked up...
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    Steam table pan. I have too much running around...

    Steam table pan. I have too much running around to do to tend to a commercial flow-through pan. But, the new evap comes up to heat so **** fast, yet is easy enough to break down when needed for a...
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    Only gathered around 60l so far but the trees ran...

    Only gathered around 60l so far but the trees ran last night. Very glad that I am NOT having a repeat of last year, though now with the new evap I could probably keep up if I did get those...
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