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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2016, 08:20:57 AM »
Arg!  I burned my first five gallons of sap this morning. LOL It is just barely to black to be candy.
I may eat it, but I doubt the kids will. Oh well.
  I have a question. Do you all leave the lines out all year, or do you bring them in and re run them each spring? Just wondering. I still do buckets. Of course, I only have 24 taps.
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2016, 09:03:48 AM »
Arg!  I burned my first five gallons of sap this morning. LOL It is just barely to black to be candy.
I may eat it, but I doubt the kids will. Oh well.
  I have a question. Do you all leave the lines out all year, or do you bring them in and re run them each spring? Just wondering. I still do buckets. Of course, I only have 24 taps.
Easy to burn, add sap to bring it back to syrup.
We leave most of our lines out. A real challenge to clean them properly. I see where some are filling their lines at the end of the year, after washing, with a Alcohol. Anyone do this?
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2016, 10:32:59 AM »
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Did you leave something out regards that large blank space? just curious....
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2016, 11:45:32 AM »
Arg!  I burned my first five gallons of sap this morning. LOL It is just barely to black to be candy.
I may eat it, but I doubt the kids will. Oh well.
  I have a question. Do you all leave the lines out all year, or do you bring them in and re run them each spring? Just wondering. I still do buckets. Of course, I only have 24 taps.
Been their done that. That's the problem with a small quantity of sap, for your 5 gals of sap I would expect at a 40 to 1 ratio to get 16 oz of syrup. Control is the thing you must stay on top of, you either need to store your supply till you get enough to boil based on the size of you pan or every time the volume is cut in half reduce the size of the pans bottom area. Once it burns their is NO going back, yes you can add more sap, but the sugars have been turned to carbon and that cannot be reversed. As to your question about leaving the lines out most people leave the lines strung in the woods but the taps in the trees are removed as you do.

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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2016, 03:18:51 PM »
We leave our lines out year-round, we also backflush them with clorox/water at the end of the sugaring year!
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« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2016, 06:45:51 PM »
Yup, lines get left in the woods. Trees and branches always fall on them, squirrels chew them up, bears\coyotes bite mainlines, stuff happens.

We do a total walkthrough of all the sugarbushes, mainlines and laterals before we tap to repair downed lines and find other busted stuff, so when tapping time comes, we just go in and drill trees, and hopefully everything is tight once the vacuum pumps get turned on.
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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2016, 10:33:17 AM »
Stephan
Did you leave something out regards that large blank space? just curious....
BT I noticed it also, I did not leave anything out though.
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« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2016, 10:46:51 AM »
Maybe just a lot of "enters" that can be deleted?
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« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2016, 03:42:18 PM »
It's fun to walk 24 taps every day, but I can imagine that isn't possible with 1200 taps. LOL
I'm sure there is still plenty of walking.  Thank you all very much.
Good luck sappin'!
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« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2016, 03:57:30 PM »
Our 5/16" lines run from the spout to a manifold on the mainline, then the sap runs down hill to a barrel.

We drive the tractor to the barrels, at the low end of the line, and put a 12V sump pump into the barrel and pump the sap out of the barrel and up into the gathering tub on the trailer!

We have one 1" mainline, about 300' long and the rest of the mainlines are 1/2".

Mostly, the majority of our walking takes place when we're tapping the trees.
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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2016, 10:28:57 AM »
Here in Tennessee, even in the big woods, the good sugar maples are fewer and farther between than
in New York I'm sure.  We are lucky to live at about 2300 feet elevation and have a climate more similar to southern Ohio. My forest management plan includes leaving EVERY sugar maple for another generation. Hopefully they will follow suit.  Congrats on your 1200 plus taps!
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« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2016, 10:55:42 AM »
And so it begins 8) I will be doing 27 taps this year. Won't start here for awhile yet.

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« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2016, 04:29:44 PM »
I finally have my own sugar maples to tap so I will be tapping this year with probably just 15-20 buckets to see how it goes for the first time. I don't really know when to start tapping (southern part of Essex County, Vermont) so I guess I'll just keep an eye on the temperatures there and hopefully my road isn't solid black ice when I need to drive up my hill.

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« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2016, 08:02:30 PM »
I finally have my own sugar maples to tap so I will be tapping this year with probably just 15-20 buckets to see how it goes for the first time. I don't really know when to start tapping (southern part of Essex County, Vermont) so I guess I'll just keep an eye on the temperatures there and hopefully my road isn't solid black ice when I need to drive up my hill.

Just doing that many buckets, you'd probably be safe to just tap when the sap first starts to run.
We're starting February 1st just so we're sure we have enough time to get them all done (plus in case we have an early, mid February run)
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« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2016, 09:45:09 PM »
I was thinking the first week of March is when I'd start thinking of tapping, unless it's abnormally cold. Does that sound about right? I'm not really sure when the sap normally runs up there. 

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« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2016, 10:08:25 PM »
It really all depends on the weather. A few warm days to get things thawed out, then freezing at night, warm days.
Beginning march is a ballpark, but a lot of syrup has been made in Vermont in February, as well as April.
Being in Essex county you are a bit further north, and if you are at a bit higher elevation you might expect to run a bit later (and longer) than the rest of the state.
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« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2016, 08:27:15 AM »
Yeah it does depend on the weather. I have some elevation (south facing slope). It will be interesting whenever it decides to start running.

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« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2016, 01:35:28 PM »
Hey, we are still learning a lot. The north or south slope plays a huge role. The trees on the north slope are not producing very much.  We have made at least 4 quarts so far.  For sure, I will wait until around Jan. 15th  next year to drill and tap. I'm afraid my taps will dry out by the middle of February. Maybe I'll be wrong. We had a deluge around the end of January!
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« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2016, 02:27:18 PM »
Glad to hear someone is making syrup!   smiley_thumbsup

A few in this area have tapped, but we are now due for a cold snap next weekend.   >:(

We don't have any snow now, but the ground is frozen so that holds the sap from running for now.

Going to be a questionable year anyway!   ::)
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« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2016, 02:58:34 PM »
On Friday, Cowboy Bob drove to Conestoga, PA, to deliver a portable milker he sold.  The fella that bought it, gave him a half gallon of maple syrup he had just bottled.  Bob got to see the operation, and was very impressed. 

We love maple syrup.   8)
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