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    That’s the one
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
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    Seems to work fine, of course I pulled out every open jar of syrup I have and tested them :-) Glad to see that my Amber is definitely an Amber (66) and my Dark scored I think 34. Great little toy, thanks for telling me about it!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    The syrup checkers are nice and we also use them quite regularly, but folks should be aware that they have a +/- 4% accuracy (when used properly) and that syrup will darken when exposed to air (even in non-coated plastic), so take care if the reading is close to the line between syrup classes.
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    So should still double check with the Lovibond? Have an updated expensive one that I will just keep for reference
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
    www.leggettmaplesyrup.com

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    A Lovibond is considered a "permanent" check (assuming you don't leave it in strong sunlight), but is only as good as the eyes (and technique) of the person using it. Under good conditions, it is a better tool when you're close to the line. Again, syrup won't (legally) get lighter with time, but will tend to darken.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    https://mapleresearch.org
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    The syrup checkers are nice and we also use them quite regularly, but folks should be aware that they have a +/- 4% accuracy (when used properly) and that syrup will darken when exposed to air (even in non-coated plastic), so take care if the reading is close to the line between syrup classes.
    Wow good to know...thanks Dr Tim!
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    Time to bring this thread back to life! How do you know you're a maple addict? Well, what kind of things do you, as a sugarer, do in the course of making liquid gold that may cause so-called *normal* people to raise their eyebrows?

    For example, I make no secrets about the fact that I talk to my trees. And give them all a loving pat on the trunk and say thank you to them each time I go out to walk the bush, whether I am collecting or not. Often I'll even go out at night for a last check and say goodnight to them to, and bring them coffee in the morning....'-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    Default You are addicted when............

    You carry a tap in your pocket all year, just because.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobU View Post
    You carry a tap in your pocket all year, just because.
    I've done that. There is one in one of the bedrooms right now, but I can't explain how it got there, and no, it's not for anything weird. Although it's weird it's there,
    Gary / Zena Crossroads / 42˚ 00' 24" N / Hobby in Early '70s, Addiction since 2014

    160+ taps on 3/16 (45 of which are on Lunchbox Vac/Releaser)
    12x34 timber framed sap house w/attached 10x14 shed roof for storage
    2 x 6 Smoky Lake hybrid pan on Corsair arch with AUF/steam hood/preheater/concentric exhaust
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