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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #200 on: April 09, 2019, 02:15:37 PM »
We drained the flue pan today and fed it into the front pan, and boiled off 4.1 gallons of syrup!

In the meantime, we kept the flue pan well supplied with permeate water!

Tomorrow we'll finish the boiling in a pan on the turkey cookers!

As of now we have made 252.7 gallons of syrup!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #201 on: April 10, 2019, 02:39:29 PM »
We boiled for the last time this season, today!

Boiled on the turkey cooker and ended our year with 258 gallons of syrup!  8)   8)   8)

All we have left to do is the final cleanup at the sugarhouse, and then the saplines, barrels and a few buckets.

When it dries up a little, we'll refill the woodshed, woods all cut, just has to be cut to length, split hauled and stacked!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #202 on: April 10, 2019, 04:27:09 PM »
Just got back yesterday from Jake's,
 Thanks for the clarification on grading maple flats.
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #203 on: April 10, 2019, 08:54:32 PM »
Swamp Donkey you have my head spinning with all those numbers and I'm from here. :D
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« Reply #204 on: April 11, 2019, 06:56:10 AM »
Swamp Donkey you have my head spinning with all those numbers and I'm from here. :D
I suspect most of the global market is on the metric system. :D
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #205 on: April 11, 2019, 08:35:45 AM »
We have another boil coming, ran yesterday, not much but it gives us hope. Looks like it should run today, sunny this morning and barometer is still rising. Tonight is sleet and hail with a full day of rain tomorrow. Looks like the end is near
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« Reply #206 on: April 11, 2019, 03:06:18 PM »
Finished everything up, trees are getting buddy here in n Wisconsin. Everything went pretty good except for a blowout on the filter press, got sprayed with 200 degree sap. My own fault for trying to push it a little too much.

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #207 on: April 11, 2019, 08:11:13 PM »
We drained the flue pan and boiled everything down in the front pan, we got 14 gal of dark as our last boil. we have a total now of 356 after boiling new sap on 4/7 and making 25 gal more, now the 14 finish off. I still have one partial barrel that might add to that but likely not.
I had drained the front pan to clean it, draining it into my draw off tank by opening the auto draw on manual. Then I put white vinegar in the pan, with the ball valve ahead of the auto draw closed. After that ball valve I have a tee an elbow on each side and then the auto draw on one and another ball valve on the other. After getting all sugarsand loose in the pan, I opened the second drain valve and then the valve ahead of that tee, I forgot to close the auto draw valve. I got about 3-maybe 6 oz. of that in the draw tank. As soon as I saw that I closed the first valve, but I had some white vinegar on the draw off tank. I then pumped that into a barrel to do later, I suspect I will not be able to count it in my syrup total, I will likely need to  make it into salad dressing. I will boil that to density before I know. That will happen next week. I might have 12-14 gal of syrup or that amount towards a large batch of salad dressing or marinade. I don't have a 20C certified kitchen so I may not be able to sell it unless I rent time in a certified kitchen. I might just be giving friends and neighbors some for years. That will be decided after it is boiled to density, I think it will not be added to the syrup total.
I still need to get an accurate tap count, I may have hit my target of .52 gal/tap or better but will not know until the tap count is totaled. If my final tap count is 654 or more I didn't get .52 gal/tap, if less than that I did. Will not know that for a week or 2.
Putting up the greenhouse tomorrow, a few other chores to do too, then pull taps and clean tubing along with a final tap count.
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« Reply #208 on: April 12, 2019, 07:53:35 AM »
Used the vinegar method for cleaning the pan, worked great. Pan looked like new when I was done.

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« Reply #209 on: April 12, 2019, 08:31:10 AM »
We're  done here too.  We had a good freeze night before last and I was hoping for one last good run yesterday to help bring the total up, but that didn't happen.  We'll boil in the last of the sap today and then its on to the cleaning up.  Over all it wasn't as bad a year as I had feared.  After today we'll have around 400 gallons on 1800 taps, not where we wanted to be, but certainly not the worst year either.  

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« Reply #210 on: April 12, 2019, 09:48:10 AM »
Temp warmed up quick here to 40F this morning and the sap pales are filling with fresh sap. :)
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #211 on: April 12, 2019, 11:17:05 AM »
We went over the 200 gallon mark yesterday.  Looks like we've got about four more days.  Should put us over 250 on 800 taps. 
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« Reply #212 on: April 13, 2019, 07:15:21 AM »
Congratulations to all!

Seems we made the best out of what appeared to be a "not very good" season!

I've been out yesterday and day before for routing Dr appt. and Inc. Tax. prep.

Today it's back to the cleanup!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #213 on: April 13, 2019, 08:33:04 AM »
We had a run this week and boiled all day yesterday, 400 gal. we will see what today brings as it only went down to 32 and that wasn't untill 7 this morning. It is a beautiful sunny day ahead of us so our fingers are crossed!
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« Reply #214 on: April 13, 2019, 10:11:04 AM »
 Took my lines out of the tanks and started cleaning monday of last week. I got 27 gals which is average for me but we did it in 3 weeks. This has been the weirdest weather we have had ever. This last week an one coming we've washed lines, I use a 3k power washer with an air attachment to clean the lines. What a weird month :D.
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« Reply #215 on: April 13, 2019, 04:20:50 PM »
Been in the 60's here for two days and the sap wagons are going steady and steam a rolling. :)
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« Reply #216 on: April 14, 2019, 07:05:01 AM »
Good to see that some are still hard at it!

We got over half of our lines flushed out and taps pulled yesterday!

We'll be back at it again this morning!
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« Reply #217 on: April 14, 2019, 08:50:13 PM »
I say Thanks to all of you guys that documented and explained your "sugaring" operation.  It was very interesting and educational for us guys South of the Glaciated North.  :P
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« Reply #218 on: April 14, 2019, 09:21:35 PM »
Biggest sap run of the season for us, Friday- today. Friday we made 1675 gallons, a record for the new sugarhouse, Saturday we ran both evaporators about all day and made 2175 gallons, a new company record! Today the sap has slowed a bit and we made 800ish gallons. Not a bad 3 day total. Still far short of our goal but we’re taking all we can get these next few days. Like Chuck said, making the best out of a slow season.
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« Reply #219 on: April 15, 2019, 09:16:50 AM »
Pulled everything on Saturday. Finished with 8 gallons of syrup.


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