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Re: Maple Syrup 2018
« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2018, 03:08:20 PM »
Sap hasn't ran very much, mostly because of the wind, now it's raining lightly and 46, so any gathering will just have to wait until tomorrow!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2018
« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2018, 07:43:40 PM »
how much have you made chuck  ill have to call over to see if my wifes family has started yet i would like to see jims new evaporator supposed to be the biggest one they make 

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« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2018, 09:30:47 PM »
Haven't made any yet, checked the barrels this morning and they were 1/4 - 1/3 full!

We'll go and gather in the morning, don't look like they'll do much tonight, it's 44 out there right now!

Sometimes when it's warm through the night sap will run, but usually not so good, best to be cold (below freezing) at night and upper 30's, and into the 40's during the day!

Hadn't heard anything from Jim, but I'd bet he has boiled!

Last year he bought a new evaporator that burned pellets, but that didn't pan out and this year he has a new one and it's oil-fired, so far as I've heard!
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Re: Maple Syrup 2018
« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2018, 09:48:29 PM »
that's all i know also   i need to come up for a weekend to check every ones operation out   i use to like when my aunt and uncle made syrup the old way with a pan on an open fire and hard boil eggs in sap/syrup ummm was they good 

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« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2018, 06:46:53 AM »
The good ole days, coxy!  :-\
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« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2018, 06:48:35 AM »
I have someone checking my buckets today and I am hoping there is some sap.

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« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2018, 07:31:38 AM »
I put out around 1800 taps here in Southern Vermont.  I haven't tapped yet, but plan to get started this Thursday after the warm weather passes.  I don't think I've missed much, other sugarmakers nearby who are tapped haven't gotten much sap yet.  I did get everything cleaned and set up in the sugar house so that's out of the way.  Things look better for the coming week (if you can believe the weatherman!).
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« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2018, 09:45:52 AM »
Good gosh with temps in the 60s and more warm weather predicted, it will be buddy before you know it.
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« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2018, 06:54:16 PM »
We've been tapped for a few days now!

This morning we gathered the sap, ran the sap through the reverse osmosis (RO) unit and boiled!

We ended up with 6.2 gallons of syrup, and all of the remaining sap is in the evaporator, the stuff in the front pan is just about ready to draw off, but not quite!  :-\

We won't boil very long, after the next gathering before we will get a good draw-off!  :)
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« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2018, 09:22:19 PM »
chuck when i come up north would it be ok to stop by and check out your operation ill have a friend with me i want to show him how the northern boys do syrup 

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« Reply #50 on: February 20, 2018, 09:27:20 PM »
Absolutely!  8)

Give me a little headsup and we'll be ready!

We're only about a 20 minute from Jim's sugarhouse and about the same from his gas station!

I'll PM you my contact info!
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« Reply #51 on: February 20, 2018, 09:31:51 PM »
 thanks     ya last summer i was only about 1/4 mile from your house i turned around to soon i think i turned around by the fire house 

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« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2018, 09:36:30 PM »
I live 2 miles up the Blanchard Hill Rd, on the Russell end of the road it starts right at the bridge over the Grasse River, on County Rt 24!

But, that's not where the sugarhouse is, that's on Fordham Hill Rd!
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« Reply #53 on: February 20, 2018, 09:41:50 PM »
i guess i was way off  :D :D

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« Reply #54 on: February 21, 2018, 06:04:17 AM »
Picking here, I'm selling  cord slabs for boiling, 
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« Reply #55 on: February 21, 2018, 06:11:55 AM »
I don't have any contacts with the Big Boys. But the Small Boys are tapping and it's running. Yes,it will stop,way too early for this area,and hope it will start again.
I would like to do it,but I need a building to do the boiling in. I know I said the same thing last year.
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« Reply #56 on: February 21, 2018, 07:01:33 AM »
This morning we have 58, with no wind, not much chance with a good haul of sap today!  :-\

Supposed to cool down in the next couple of days!


EDIT 3:30PM:  We gathered around 300 gallons +/- this morning and boiled, we ended up with 9.4 gallons today, makes the total 15.6 gallons so far!  
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« Reply #57 on: February 21, 2018, 06:02:00 PM »
Here's our new RO chewing through sap at over 100 gallons per minute (Don't know how much it really is going at, the gauge is pegged) We had planned on it doing 6000 gallons per hour, it's exceeding that which is good. Taking the sap to 34% sugar. Lots of water going out, not alot of concentrate, but what there is will only boil about 2.5 gallons to get a gallon of syrup.

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« Reply #58 on: February 21, 2018, 06:04:36 PM »
We haven't boiled yet, planning on one sugarhouse boiling tomorrow and the new one going Friday. We have a refrigerated 6000 gallon bulk tank to keep the concentrate in. We've been checking for leaks and ironing out problem spots. It's still way early for us, alot of snow in the woods, trees really aren't thawed out yet. One load of sap tested 1.1%, the new woods is running 2%, but nothing is running very hard yet. A good primer but we gotta think, we always make a ton of syrup in April, there's a week left of February.
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« Reply #59 on: February 21, 2018, 07:14:29 PM »
I put out around 1800 taps here in Southern Vermont.  I haven't tapped yet, but plan to get started this Thursday after the warm weather passes.  I don't think I've missed much, other sugarmakers nearby who are tapped haven't gotten much sap yet.  I did get everything cleaned and set up in the sugar house so that's out of the way.  Things look better for the coming week (if you can believe the weatherman!).
Whereabouts in southern vt if you don't mind me asking? I only ask because I work tapping and vacuum walking for a few different producers in so. Vt

Celliot that looks like one heck of an ro 100 gals a min to 34%! That's ripping. Who built that one?


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