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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #180 on: April 06, 2019, 04:02:34 PM »
Wow Dave, that wasn't a pretty day for you!

We gathered 825 gallons of sap today and made 24 gallons of syrup!

To date, we have made 236.9 gallons of syrup!

With what the season looked like in the beginning, we're feeling good now!  8)   8)   8)
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« Reply #181 on: April 06, 2019, 04:33:35 PM »
That's a lot of liquid gold Chuck. :)

First boil here today. Tells how cold it is up here. :D
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« Reply #182 on: April 06, 2019, 07:07:43 PM »
Made 750 gallons today. Running decent. Tomorrow looks like a big day. Next week looks real good too. Heres hoping! We need to average 1000 gallons a day for the rest of the month to come out with a decent crop. I would like to see some 2000 gallon days, we certainly have the capabilities to do so.
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« Reply #183 on: April 06, 2019, 07:08:18 PM »
All golden delicate btw. Well above the color scale :)
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Re: Maple Syrup 2019
« Reply #184 on: April 06, 2019, 08:27:12 PM »
I finally got an accurate count, I had 317 gal at the end of today, I made 21 gal today, I found I had added one barrel twice in my earlier rough estimate.
My pumps are running all night and I'll collect early and again late morning tomorrow, the temperatures will be up around 69 F so I heed to boil as fast as I can to keep making good syrup. No freeze until maybe Wed. morning, better freeze Thursday morning. Then a freeze every 2-3 days for the next 10-14 days. Someplace in there the trees may open bud. I'm at just .41 gal/tap, last year I got .52 GPT, would like to tie or beat last year.
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« Reply #185 on: April 06, 2019, 08:51:47 PM »
Made 750 gallons today. Running decent. Tomorrow looks like a big day. Next week looks real good too. Heres hoping! We need to average 1000 gallons a day for the rest of the month to come out with a decent crop. I would like to see some 2000 gallon days, we certainly have the capabilities to do so.
Wow that is pretty impressive; hope that you hit the 2000 gallons.  
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« Reply #186 on: April 07, 2019, 08:54:41 AM »
Chris that's a lot of syrup, or is that sap flow? :)
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« Reply #187 on: April 07, 2019, 09:07:42 AM »
New Brunswick is the 3rd largest producer of maple syrup products in the world. I know the newest sugary operation here just put in 25,000 taps. That's on Skedaddle Ridge. I've thinned small hardwood out there and it is definitely a large tract of maple forest.

Gus Hargrove started out with 30,000 taps and is suppose to be up around 100,000 trees by now on the Divide maple ridge. He started his around 2001.

Those two sugaries are north and south of one another. :)
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« Reply #188 on: April 07, 2019, 10:53:45 AM »
Swamp donkey, thats syrup ;) 
When the sap is running real good, we get a load at the sugarhouse pumped from the main station about every 30-40 minutes. Typically 5-7000 gallons of sap per pump load.
Next week is gonna get crazy! Love it!

We are hoping to be at or nearly at 100,000 taps next season. Wanted to be there this year but weve faced some unexpected challenges the last two installation seasons. 
We still havent had the need to run both evaporators at the same time. We have ran them both in the same day, just switched over when one needed cleaning. Our biggest syrup day so far has been 1400 gallons. 
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« Reply #189 on: April 07, 2019, 04:52:57 PM »
Well, you've got quite the operation then. :)

We produce about 490,000 gallons here in NB, but last year the production was down 35%. Quebec's production had dropped 22% I think. It's probably down this year, been too cold. Only been getting going here locally this week.

Quebec does about 9 Million gallons. :D
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« Reply #190 on: April 07, 2019, 06:11:59 PM »
Sap was at a stand-still today, so..... Nothing!

We'll gather whatever there is tomorrow morning and that will likely be it for us, too Warm!
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« Reply #191 on: April 07, 2019, 08:50:10 PM »
We had a nice 4 day run..Now for our numbers...95 liters all nice amber.
I thought I would put it in metric so it sounds like a lot more :D
We have fun, my buddies and I have been doing this for 49 years this year. We have a small hobby here. 
 

 
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« Reply #192 on: April 08, 2019, 05:33:07 AM »
After this weekend I am at 5.5 gallons.

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« Reply #193 on: April 08, 2019, 07:44:07 AM »
Yes that is some tapping!!
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« Reply #194 on: April 08, 2019, 10:42:39 AM »
That did not sound like a good day Dave, It is always nice to know that other people have problems also.
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« Reply #195 on: April 08, 2019, 03:10:38 PM »
Well, today was our last day to gather sap for the season!

We gathered 350 gallons of sap and boiled it down and got 10.7 gallons of syrup, this brings our seasonal total up to 247.6 gallons of syrup.

Everything on hand is in the evaporator and tomorrow we'll drain the flue pan and flood it with water to finish the boiling in the front pan!

When we get it boiled down far enough, we'll shut down, then the next step is to finish it off in a small pan on top of a turkey cooker!

Next step is the cleanup!
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« Reply #196 on: April 08, 2019, 04:54:01 PM »
Caught up with the sap last night.  Hasn't ran in a couple days now but looks like it'll start up again Tuesday night and last into the weekend.  We're at about the 185 gallon mark.  We'll clean the pans and reset for the final leg the next two days.  It's been a better season than we thought it would be.  Firewood orders are rolling in now.  Almost time to move on to the next season :) :)
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« Reply #197 on: April 08, 2019, 08:17:21 PM »
My season ended yesterday. No more collecting of sap. Tomorrow we drain the flue pan and fill it and the head tank with permeate, then boil it down on the front pan, then finally finish it off in the finisher. I don't see meeting last year's syrup per tap, but we sure made more syrup. Last year, for health reasons we only did 225 taps, this year about 725-800. I won't have an actual count until the taps get pulled after cleanup. At the sugarhouse we had 314 taps but only have an estimate at the lease. That I think will be in the 500-575 range I think. We will get the count in a week or 2, when we pull taps and clean the lines.
We were going for 1000 but too many limbs downing lines and we didn't get them all in. The lease should have just about 700 taps but last minute repairs slowed it down, then 9 daays in a row of good sap flow kept us from tapping the rest. 2 old guys (one with after market parts) goes slower than it used to.
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« Reply #198 on: April 08, 2019, 08:39:34 PM »
We figure approximately a guy per 10,000 taps. Were a little heavy on manpower right now but divided between two sugarhouses it seems like were shorthanded all the time...

I added my tapping #s up the other night, I personally drilled a few over 12,000 holes this season. A few days last week I was up to 8 miles a day snowshoeing checking leaks. Yes, I lose weight all winter :D

Sap is crystal clear here, but not running like we would like it to. Sugar content is high, weve seen 2.7 average, off 65,000? Thats pretty cool. Just wish we could get more volume right now. Makes one nervous.
I think we will go right to the end of the month. Weather looks right.

Swamp donkey, little old Vermont produces about 50% of the U.S maple crop, approximately 2 million gallons. Still a drop compared to Quebec!
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« Reply #199 on: April 09, 2019, 04:39:36 AM »
Yeah, the actual numbers seem to be up and down depending on source of the numbers and then one never knows what year the data is from. One source I see is 10 years out of date. :) I know NB has had a huge influx of production in the last 6 years and more than I see shown on different sites. The Association website says we are third in world production with 3 million kilograms of maple syrup. A Kg is 2.2 lbs and weight probably varies by grade. Water is 10 lbs per Imperial gallon, but syrup is heavier than water. And keep in mind our gallons up here are imperial, which is more volume per gallon. :)
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