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  1. #11
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    We only made it down to 31* here and we barely got a drip going yesterday, certainly not enough to gather. Last night went to 37*. Tonight might be our last hope before the really warm weather hits this weekend and next week. Thanks for the confirmation about pushing with water. I may wait until tomorrow and see if we get any new sap to add before I push what I have through. Would there be any hope for a run after the warm spell next week, even with fairly fresh tap holes or are we thinking things will be done by early next week?
    12th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
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    Mine are staying in! There has always been lots of syrup made in April and I expect that if the warm spell breaks, there will be more syrup this year. Hopefully the check valves will serve to slow bacteria growth somewhat. I'm guessing more syrup but not great quality. I had about 2000 gallons overnight from 5700 taps. Not good but it will make syrup.

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    I agree with Thompson, it's too early to stop. We bought check valves for such a time as this and are going to give them a chance to work.

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    We boiled up the last of it today and washed up somewhat. The silver maples seem to be done, the red maples didn't amount to much, but the sugar maples show no sign of budding out in Potsdam or Hopkinton. Still hoping for a change in the weather...if so we'll go back to it.

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    It's pretty weird, but we're having a continuous run at 70+ degrees and 40 at night. It's not what the book says, but we'll boil it. Slapping mosquitoes while sugaring in just wrong.

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    We are seeing the same thing, got 1 gallon of sap per tap yesterday and about 2/3 of that today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Greer View Post
    It's pretty weird, but we're having a continuous run at 70+ degrees and 40 at night. It's not what the book says, but we'll boil it. Slapping mosquitoes while sugaring in just wrong.
    along with the frogs a singing , lol. boiled up the last of it today and washed up somewhat. The silver maples are done (pulled taps), but the sugar maples and norway maples show no sign of budding out and are still runing /dripping ??? Just talked with friends in Alaska and there high for today was 17 degrees !
    2009 50 taps,outside barrow stove, 2 1/2 gals
    2010 75 taps 12x12 w/upstairs Scrap made sugar shack,barrow stove 4 1/2 gals
    2011 200+ taps,tubeing gravty feed shack,scrap oil/wood furnace homemade into a 2x6 arch upstairs holding tank and a new pump(thanks to my son Brian)Sap&wood hauler-4 g-kids model A front end,fram, spoked rims, and a tractor trailer rearend (just don't get in her way), lol, speaking of that,she now thinks "I've gone over the edge",that is (otherhaft) Total 35 gals.

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    We're done on March 21 (most years we finish the second week in April). Got 1,600 gallons of sap today from 2,400 taps but it is buddy and we couldn't get it through the press. We've boiled 7 times (not counting tonight) and were tapped 17 days. The final tally was 4.5 taps per gallon or 0.22 gallons per tap. Many thanks to all the folks here who helped out with advice as we put tubing up over the past year!

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    Things have run here since Sunday almost a gallon per tap per day but have diminished substantially since Tuesday night. I unfortunately cleaned my pans on Sunday a.m. and didn't feel like I had enough off of my 147 taps to even fill things back up again. I ended up dumping most in the woods as it wasn't lasting long out in this heat. I'll hold out through the weekend and see if time and nature cooperate. Looks like at least one cold night on Monday. Weird since the robins have been around for over a week now. Saw my first snake of the season this morning dumping some yellow sap out of buckets.
    12th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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    Maybe I'm overly optimistic but the 10 day on on accuweather looks great for some good sap flow in my area. My taps are still in but I haven't gathered in almost a week. If the sugar maples hold out for another day or so, can we expect that there will be some good syrup to be made this coming week as Thompson's Tree Farm had suggested before the warm spell? I'll have to search for a few more viable trees as I've taken some offline due to the buds exploding on the silver and reds. May the sap flow clear and sweet in the coming days! Thanks to all for the reply's over the last couple of weeks. This is a great resource for the budding sugar maker.
    12th Year "skip gen" Maple Producer
    St. Lawrence County
    1-'09: 4 gal stock pot, fire pit, 3 taps
    2-'10: Pots, Kitchen Stove & Sap Selling ~110 taps
    3-'11: 8x12 Shack, 146 taps (100 buckets/46 gravity), 16"x77" evaporator (2 flat pans)
    4-'12: 8x16 expanded shack, 147 taps, Leader 2x8 dropped flu
    5-'13: Added 10x20 wood shed, 1st yr on vac
    6-'14: 175 taps, Zero Tank
    7-'15: 230 taps, H20 jacket canner, Vintage Ski Doo Elan
    8-'16: 150 taps
    9-'17: Goal - RO and 250+
    Twitter: @Newman_Zone

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