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Maple Syrup!
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:39:04 AM »
Hey Everyone! It's time to start thinking about maple slurp. (I mean syrup.)
Last year we tapped 12 trees. My Christmas present was 12 more taps, so I got the hint.
  I learned not to boil inside thanks my friends on the FF and my own time spent scrubbing walls. LOL
We live in Tennessee, so I have to tap a lot sooner than those of you up north. I tapped
Saturday, which was January the ninth, and got five gallons of sap in about 8 hours!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 01:09:25 PM »
We live in Tennessee, so I have to tap a lot sooner than those of you up north. I tapped
Saturday, which was January the ninth, and got five gallons of sap in about 8 hours!

How many taps do you have, and do you have any idea what the sugar content is?
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Re: Maple Syrup!
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 01:26:12 PM »
Good grief winter just got started here, again. Flash freeze last night, cold weather only in the near future forecast.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 01:32:24 PM »
Hey Gerald,
   I have 24 taps.  Normally a five gallon bucket will make a pint. That is 40:1, but we like to boil it down just a little more than that. So, I would say we go to about 50:1 so that it is pretty thick like commercial maple syrup.  It was 11 this morning and now it is already 35 at 12:30 noon.  I'm at work, but I bet it is running!
     :D I know what you mean about winter just starting.  This is the third or fourth year I've tapped, and every year I move forward one week. I started tapping around Jan. 26th, and this year I tapped on Jan. 9th. I think this is plenty soon though.  Next year, I may move back to around Jan. 12th. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016, 03:42:35 PM »
As a matter of fact, even though it was 20 and the wind was howling through the trees, I went out this morning and repaired our 1" mainline.

A limb had fallen on it and one of the connections came apart.

We'll be tapping in about 5 weeks, we're getting anxious and will have the evaporator up/operational by the first week in Feb.

Be tapping by the end of Feb.

We have around 1240 taps, and once in a while we'll add another one, depending on the size of the tree!

Last year we made 150 gallons!
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016, 05:25:10 PM »
We don't start here until late march or even later

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2016, 08:40:30 PM »
Keep in mind that this has been a wacky Winter!   ::)
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2016, 10:09:47 PM »
I think around these parts there may not be a season the soft maple already started to  red bud  thats not good  chuck do you sell any or is it for the family

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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2016, 06:44:43 AM »
We do sell it by the Gal, gal & Qt.

Usually ship 1-2 barrels via Woody!

They then are shipped to Vt!
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016, 06:54:16 AM »
that's what I find funny you buy pure VT syrup but the sap came from NY  ???:D

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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2016, 07:53:23 AM »
Very true, and in this case, a barrel of SYRUP goes to VT and gets bottled and then a VT label gets stuck on it!   :-\
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2016, 08:26:34 AM »
That's a lot of taps, Chuck! Congratulations.  Beekeepers call the trees budding earlier in the south and moving north the "green wave". LOL It's amazing how much difference there is in 300 or 400 miles of latitude.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2016, 08:52:51 AM »
Very true, and in this case, a barrel of SYRUP goes to VT and gets bottled and then a VT label gets stuck on it!   :-\

There is an outfit that got caught doing that with Canadian syrup.  The State of VT fined them for that practice.
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2016, 05:41:40 PM »
We're gonna start tapping February first, the people I work for. Got about 20,000k taps, probably a bit more, not sure on the exact count. Hoping in the next couple weeks to add on a new 2-3k tap section.

Been doing repairs and retubing an older woods with 3\16 tubing.

Saw something I'd never seen before, thought it was pretty wild- Lightning hit somewhere on a mainline, and vaporized the high tensile wire from the anchor tree near the conductor, 300ft up the line. Left the wire ties intact, pipe was fine, wire, just gone, no trace. Tied in a new piece of wire and re-tensioned it, re-wire tied, good to go.
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2016, 06:54:20 PM »
That lightning strike is definitely weird!

Lots of people are now switching to the 3/16" tap lines now, that would cost a lot to tear out all of the 5/16" lines just to make the switch.  ::)
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2016, 11:11:07 PM »
That lightning strike is definitely weird!

Lots of people are now switching to the 3/16" tap lines now, that would cost a lot to tear out all of the 5/16" lines just to make the switch.  ::)
As our 5/16 line dies we have started installing the 3/16. It is supposed to work better in the vacuum system. I notice they rave about it being able to create a good self vacuum for those on hilly terrain.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2016, 11:31:11 PM »
Who do you get your spiles from ?  I would like to tap a few walnut these this year.   I have three plastic spiles for 5/16 tube .  I need about ten to twenty more .    Would any tube work or should I get the blue tube that I have with the taps I have now?   
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2016, 04:55:49 AM »
Food grade stuff is important. Can't wait for this year!

 
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2016, 06:01:04 AM »
Yup, 3/16 seems to be getting more and more popular. We've actually done more 3/16 installs than 5/16 installs for other sugar makers this year.
The woods we are re tubing does have good slope. The tubing in it was nearly 10 years old. The man I work for installed all new 3/16 in another of his woods and was real pleased with the performance, so he didnt hesitate to replace with 3/16.

I know it's real nice to run tubing with! 800ft rolls of the leader 30p.
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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2016, 06:58:14 AM »
I can see switching to the 3/16" as you go, but to switch out all of the 5/16" with 3/16", when there's nothing wrong with the 5/16", to me anyways, is a waste of money!

I've heard that the 3/16" will create it's own vacuum, but on the uphill end of the line there needs to be 30-40' of line with no taps on it, this is where the self-vacuum effect comes from.
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