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  1. #171
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    Trees are finally waking up! Made 32 gallons this afternoon,looking close to golden,but battery was dead in the Hanna checker to be positive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    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 there. Pull your spiles now and I can all but guarantee that you'll be seeing sap leak out and run down the trunks. Just sit tight and leave em be.
    Thanks Galena, Yes you were correct. My trees finally woke up today. However, the run was slow but for sure flowing. Haven't collected yet. I did find an issues with my spile. It was frozen and due to that the sap was leaking from the side and not flowing out. Anyways I fixed it and it been decent since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackyardMapleSyrup View Post
    Thanks Galena, Yes you were correct. My trees finally woke up today. However, the run was slow but for sure flowing. Haven't collected yet. I did find an issues with my spile. It was frozen and due to that the sap was leaking from the side and not flowing out. Anyways I fixed it and it been decent since then.
    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 try and tinker down the 72l first batch...and yes, according to the frickin amazing Magickal Smokey Whatzit Hydrotherm Thingy and dial, once the numbers matched up, I poured off. Got 2.5l of really nice golden/light amber (haven't graded it yet with the Magickal Purple Grader Thingy yet, still quite hot). Absolutely exhausted which is why I can't even think straight at the moment.

    So, anyone who's better at maff than me can crunch the numbers. 72l sap...2.5l absolutely dead-on accurate syrup....annnnnd what's my ratio? Go! Night all! Sweet sticky dreams ;-)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post

    So, anyone who's better at maff than me can crunch the numbers. 72l sap...2.5l absolutely dead-on accurate syrup....annnnnd what's my ratio? Go! Night all! Sweet sticky dreams ;-)
    That would be 28.8:1 ratio.. What a minute.. don't you do taxes for a living?

    And your history of sweet sap continues! I haven't finished yesterday's batch yet but when I measure the sap it was only around 1.7%, which is low for my trees.. however I think i still came close to the 40:1.. so I may not have been taking into consideration the sap temperature when I floated the hydrometer in the head tank.. so I'm going with 2%.. that makes me feel better (I have mostly silvers which are known for lower sugar content than sugars, but I still usually get at least 2%+ out of them).

    So I finally feel like a sugar maker. Last year I burned a pan and scrubbed like hell with constant applications of boiling vinegar to get it of (successfully).. this year I upgraded to a tubing system and found a $@#! squirrel chewed a hole at the far end of one run.. I was wondering why that line wasn't pulling anything.. Stupid me didn't even think to get some connectors when I was at CDL a month ago getting supplies (and they're not open on weekends anymore) so what to do? Duct Tape of course! Worked about 90%.. can still see extra air getting into the line there but no more hissing sound!

    Good flow day yesterday.. collection barrel over 1/2 full .. Planning a boil on Tuesday evening (or possible Monday) with these temps as the sap won't wait until this weekend that's for sure!
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    2021 -29 trees -23 on tubing, 6 on buckets. ~1240 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: TBD
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 27.1 litres of syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 litres of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Litres sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 litres syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 1.5 litres of syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    That would be 28.8:1 ratio.. What a minute.. don't you do taxes for a living? !
    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 again and I am over by 1 frickin lil hashmark. GAAAAHHHHHHHHH...don't know if I feel like dumping it all back into a pot, adding some distilled and try to melt out the sparklies. Dammit!!!

    Pretty sure my trees are gonna keep me up til late again tonight. Still have to do a minor mod on the evap - just need to put something under the back legs so the pan is level.

    Oh yeah...Happy Easter all! It is Easter now, right? :-)
    Last edited by Galena; 03-21-2021 at 09:47 AM.
    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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    Good day here yesterday boiled about 15 gallons and then collected about 10 see the smorning on a quick scan my buckets are all half full so may not get head of the sap just yet. Will boiled late today hope to boil at least 20. Hope everyone is doing well.

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    Yesterday the trees opened right up. Figured it would slow down overnight but went and check on everything last night about 9:00 and was still comming in strong. So let the pump run all night.
    Looks like today will be the same. Started pump at around 9:30 and same thing. So gonna be a busy day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bricklayer View Post
    Yesterday the trees opened right up. Figured it would slow down overnight but went and check on everything last night about 9:00 and was still comming in strong. So let the pump run all night.
    Looks like today will be the same. Started pump at around 9:30 and same thing. So gonna be a busy day.
    Same here.. I turned off the pump around 12 last night when the lines finally started freezing.. didn't think it was cold enough to freeze the pump but brought it in anyways (it's a water pump and it doesn't seem to drain when it's turned off). I think it's going to be a good couple of days before the warm spell hits. likely a late night boil tonight and another on Tuesday (sap depending, of course).
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    2021 -29 trees -23 on tubing, 6 on buckets. ~1240 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: TBD
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 27.1 litres of syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 22.2 litres of syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 Litres sap collected (~50 spoiled ). Syrup count -18 litres syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 Litres sap collected. Syrup count: 1.5 litres of syrup

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    Hi all,
    Iím boiling as fast as I can trying to keep up, as Iím sure everyone is.
    Trying to do some planning (I know, a bad idea) and am wondering what the chances are that this warm spell is going to bring out the buds?
    Iím near Tamworth with mostly younger trees on a west facing slope. Starting to see swelling in the silver maple and elms already. Any idea how far behind them that the sugars bud? Am I wrong to think it might be done this week? Or should I be planning to be boiling again over the Easter weekend?
    Thanks for any advice.
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    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 it this warm this early is making me think it will be a short season. I just checked my belwether tree and it isn't gushing, in fact it's really slow all things considered.

    FWIW here is the long term forecast for my area...ok I'm not being allowed to upload a screenshot even though I'm logged in...here's the url https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca...rio/kemptville

    Also there are so many microclimates around, it's really hard for me to give you any hard and fast advice. Honestly if I were you I would just keep tapping until the sap goes from clear to murky and/or smells *off* at all. If in doubt, boil a small amount in a saucepan. The smell of the steam should tell you if the trees are done!

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by Galena; 03-22-2021 at 01:39 PM.
    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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