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    You know the expression "red at night, sailors...

    You know the expression "red at night, sailors delight" . My wife came up with a new one - "drought in the summer, sap seasons a bummer". My guess is the dryness of last year, combined with a warmer...
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    Post your season summary of you get a chance! The...

    Post your season summary of you get a chance! The dark stuff still tastes great, just looks like used motor oil.
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    My sentiments as well. I've got enough for 60...

    My sentiments as well. I've got enough for 60 gallons Tuesday (#11) and 60 gallons Saturday (#12) assuming it will stay good that long. I've stashed it under the barn out of the light.

    I'm down...
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    Congratulations on a good season! I hear you on...

    Congratulations on a good season! I hear you on the fatigue issue - getting a bit tired myself. Wish my trees were 2.6, or better yet how about that 5.6 posted by Abbott! That's some tree. the sap...
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    The daytime temperature today held the flow back...

    The daytime temperature today held the flow back till afternoon. The trees finally released a little and I managed 20 gallons of at least 2%. The reason I know it was a 2% is that I tested every tap...
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    I agree the squirrels are worth the seed cost. We...

    I agree the squirrels are worth the seed cost. We have red ones with a nest in our shed and equipment lean-to, as well as myriad grays, reds, and chipmunks at the bird feeder. Endless entertainment....
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    I hope your buckets overflowed today, because I...

    I hope your buckets overflowed today, because I know mine sure did, or at least a few overflowed and many were near full. My second best day total at 47 gallons, and not all the 62 taps were...
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    Seventh boil today yielded 1.25+ gallons off 57...

    Seventh boil today yielded 1.25+ gallons off 57 for 2.34% ssc. This sap was gathered last weekend. Two more to go with current stock.

    On an optimistic note I collected 5 gallons today from a...
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    From what I read everyone is waiting to see if...

    From what I read everyone is waiting to see if the cooler temperatures (both day and of course freezing at night) later next week bring the flow back. I have no idea what the odds are. Kind of a...
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    Thanks! That makes sense to me. I agree that the...

    Thanks! That makes sense to me. I agree that the past few years have been good, and I haven't been doing this long enough to have a basis for what might be "poor". After Wednesday next week the...
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    I agree that the flow volume is down to date....

    I agree that the flow volume is down to date. I've got 62 taps when I normally do 42 and yet at this point I'll be 2 gallons short of my usual 13 by the time I finish boiling all that is stored....
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    Not yet, though I will never say never. I'm...

    Not yet, though I will never say never. I'm frugal at heart, so keeping things on the less expensive side is part of the challenge, as long as the set up functions well. For the cost of an added...
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    It looks like everyone experiencing the flow...

    It looks like everyone experiencing the flow surge early this week. Same here, though it's been declining steadily each day. Saturday and Sunday were on the order of 70 gallons each, 50 yesterday,...
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    When it flows, it flows. I'm nearly out of...

    When it flows, it flows. I'm nearly out of storage capacity with 40 gallons out of around 275 left. At last count I've got sap stored for four more boils plus, and I expect enough will come in the...
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    Happy boiling mainebackwoodssyrup! I "heard"...

    Happy boiling mainebackwoodssyrup! I "heard" somewhere that the original AC/DC title was "For Those About to Boil, We Salute You."

    The flow is on here as well and it best stay that way for a few...
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    Thanks for all the thoughts on the weather vs sap...

    Thanks for all the thoughts on the weather vs sap production. I guess we'll all see how it pans out. If I could find more taps I think I'd drop more in, but they are sold out at the hardware stores....
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    Does anyone have any concerns about the 50 degree...

    Does anyone have any concerns about the 50 degree weather next week? I saw five straight days of 50's and above freezing at night. Though my sapping experience is limited, my gut tells me that...
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    My wife and I gave up the final final filtering...

    My wife and I gave up the final final filtering last year. We filter the boiled down sap/syrup coming off the pans through a fabric cone "pre-filter" from the hardware store. This gets out ash, small...
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    Since I'm still relatively new to syrup...

    Since I'm still relatively new to syrup production and I don't use a conventional evaporator, would someone explain what "sweetening the pan" involves? Thanks in advance!
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    Good luck with your boil Woodsy. I'm thinking of...

    Good luck with your boil Woodsy. I'm thinking of going for a boil Sunday as well if it's not too windy. The flow was much improved today with 21 gallons. I expect as much tomorrow, again if it's not...
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    If you have a small bush, does shoveling help? Or...

    If you have a small bush, does shoveling help? Or let nature do it's thing in its own time?
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    Same here in Mount Vernon. This warm weather was...

    Same here in Mount Vernon. This warm weather was a bust for sap flow. I had 20 gallons each Tuesday and Wednesday but dropped to 10 Thursday and 8 today off 50 taps. Not cold enough at night I guess....
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    The small details of maple are part of what makes...

    The small details of maple are part of what makes this interesting. I tapped a few more trees this season than normal (50 up from 42), some for experimenting, and I have been curious who has the...
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    How much syrup did you get? I comparing ssc's in...

    How much syrup did you get? I comparing ssc's in different areas.
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    First boil today to clean out the 48 gallons...

    First boil today to clean out the 48 gallons accumulated over the past weekish, and to get a clean slate as this upcoming week looks promising.

    I boiled 48.5 gallons and got a gallon, pint, and...
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