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Offline Chuck White

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #80 on: March 11, 2019, 06:42:58 PM »
We got all tapped on the 9th and because we're expecting a couple of really cold nights and below freezing days, we gathered what sap we had in barrels and buckets!

Didn't get an exact measurement on it, but it looks like around 225-250 gallons of sap sitting in the holding tub at the sugarhouse now!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #81 on: March 12, 2019, 08:47:31 AM »
 Finished my upper orchard yesterday, about 350 taps. I'll start collecting the sap tomorrow,I let it run for a day to wash out any left over water used to clean lines. Happy sugaring all.
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #82 on: March 12, 2019, 08:58:19 AM »
     We got all our 1800 taps out on Saturday, beautiful day, lots of sunshine but no sap.  Well, a few smaller trees tapped on a sunny spot oozed a bit, but most holes were dry.  We got a little more seepage yesterday but still not enough to flush the lines out, and today will likely be too cold as well.  We're hoping it'll run enough tomorrow for the vacuum to be effective in checking the system for leaks, getting ready for warmer conditions on Thursday.  It sure is a late start to the season, but it could still be a good year....

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #83 on: March 12, 2019, 12:40:00 PM »
"Late start" isn't really a strong enough phrase to use!

Last year by the 10th of March, we had already made 154 gallons of syrup, this year to date, we have made 5 gallons!   ::)

We should have about 3 run-days coming right up!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #84 on: March 12, 2019, 11:14:05 PM »
Late start here too.  Tapped in today. Evaporator is shiny shiny shiny....

First boil tomorrow and then it's no rest for this wicked fellow till it's all done, clean and put away
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« Reply #85 on: March 13, 2019, 08:41:32 AM »

 then it's no rest for this wicked fellow till it's all done, clean and put away
 Isn't this the truth!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #86 on: March 13, 2019, 04:46:29 PM »
We are all tapped, dug in the tanks today, hooking up our vauum tomorrow. I really dont expect a run till next week. It was trickilling today, we could still tast the alchohol from spring cleaning so a little more of a run is needed still. 
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #87 on: March 13, 2019, 04:50:05 PM »
Neighbors tapped yesterday. Today it got to 45F this afternoon. Been warm here since Tuesday, but not quite 40 until today. I don't think sap ran though, need more than a couple days to nudge her along. ;D
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« Reply #88 on: March 13, 2019, 09:41:45 PM »
Our lines just "oozed" a little today, not even to the trickle stage!

Only got up to 36, supposed to reach 50 tomorrow, then it'll run!  8)
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #89 on: March 14, 2019, 06:22:59 AM »
nothing really happening here yet. had a few drips but that's it.

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« Reply #90 on: March 14, 2019, 06:34:56 AM »
Looks like it should start running about Noon and with the projected temps, it could run all night!
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« Reply #91 on: March 14, 2019, 02:18:25 PM »
Well, it finally broke loose and the sap is running, we have 62 right now!

We'll gather sap around 5:00 PM!

Then, we'll gather again in the morning!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #92 on: March 14, 2019, 06:33:10 PM »
I suspect it is running here since melt water is flowing and snow depth is dropping. About 50F this afternoon.
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« Reply #93 on: March 15, 2019, 06:56:35 AM »
We gathered "near" 500 gallons yesterday and boiled it, and shut down last night around 9:00!

Raining this morning, temp 54 at 6:00, so no telling what's going to happen with the run!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #94 on: March 15, 2019, 07:02:38 AM »
Its warming up, I expect a really great run all next week. 
Lets see if the weatherman can earn his paycheck with his forcast :D
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« Reply #95 on: March 15, 2019, 08:04:18 AM »
Around here it is going to be in the 40's until Sunday, when it is going to drop off with high below freezing for a few days. No abnormal highs predicted for here.
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« Reply #96 on: March 15, 2019, 04:46:50 PM »
We gathered "near" 500 gallons yesterday and boiled it, and shut down last night around 9:00!

Raining this morning, temp 54 at 6:00, so no telling what's going to happen with the run!
Despite the same rain here, we didn't get hardly any.   I'm thinkin we're in for a weird spring....
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« Reply #97 on: March 15, 2019, 08:34:26 PM »
We are too!

Our barrels didn't gain 1 inches today!

We are thinking this is the beginning of the end!

Most of the fields in this area are bare, and there's little snow in the woods!

I even saw a flock of Robins this afternoon hopping around in the field next to the house!

Last year, at this time we had just over 170 gallons of syrup in bottles or barrels!  :o  :-\
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« Reply #98 on: March 16, 2019, 06:28:44 AM »
We got all tapped, and installed some more tubing, probably 1000 new taps so far, more to come on the cold mornings. 
Seems like a late start but historically for us, mid March is right  on the money. Last two seasons making some syrup in February spoiled us!

Vacuum is down everywhere. We have a ton of territory to cover to check leaks. With really only 1.5 good days of leak checking we have a long ways to go. 

Upper pump station functioned properly, that was good news. Spa took nearly 30 minutes to make it to the bottom tank! 10,000ft of 2 pipe to go through!

We have enough sap now to concentrate and fire up one of the evaporators. Do that this afternoon.

Ill update with some pictures later.

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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #99 on: March 16, 2019, 09:16:35 AM »
@Chuck White & @dustintheblood:
You folks wrote: Our barrels didn't gain 1 inches today! & Despite the same rain here, we didn't get hardly any.
Was it windy?
The reason I ask is because my dad always said that wind dries out the trees.
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