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Here’s one of the smallest operations, with a little help from our grandson. We make only about a gallon of finished. We keep a bottle or two and give the rest to the kids. Grandson helped with the br

My wife and I just finished bottling 3.8 gallons.  I’m shocked at how light the syrup was!  Not much sap running today.  Drops down to a low 21 tomorrow night so hopefully things pick up! Cheers!

Not as fancy, efficient, and good looking as Mowin’s setup but I got her done.  I collected a messily 160 gallons of sap and boiled it down yesterday.  I did “cheat” and use my new RO bucket (RB-10)..

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Boiled some sap today,first time ever. I borrowed a pan from a neighbor after not being able to make one myself. 

It was fun and now i am cooking dinner on the arch.

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2 hours ago, GreeneHunter said:

I know that commercial links here are a no no but for long term members why not let these individuals sell their Syrup to other members  ? Just a thought !

 

I have no issue with those who want to sell their syrup, just put a post in the classifieds non hunting items. You can drop a link in there if you want. Anyone gives you a problem, let me know. 

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I do have two find a local source for syrup.  I usually buy a quart for me and a quart for the grandkids.  They were asking today if we had any of the good syrup  to go on pancakes this morning.

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Checked the two totes tanks yesterday around noon.  The first had barely 15gal. 

Checked today around 3PM, and the first was full, and the second had 50gal and the sap was flowing fast. Temps were dropping fast, so I don't think the second tank will gain much. 

I'll collect in the morning, and start boiling as soon as the head tank is full. Figuring we'll have 450+gal of sap. 

Tomorrow isn't supposed to get much above freezing with the high winds. So probably not much sap flowing Tomorrow.  

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Collected 4 gallons today with 3 taps not producing much. All of the others are running solid. One tree was a solid flow out of both taps just a few mins ago as we emptied the buckets. I’m expecting a good amount for the foreseeable days based on the weather. I’ll be boiling early next week for sure. 

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Boiled about 150 gallons yesterday.  Perfect day to be in the woods!  I’ll be finishing it up today (new hydrometer arrived late yesterday).  

Not much left to my ice castle.

RO’ed 100 gallons of 3% to 6%...you can see the color difference between the raw sap, concentrate, and permeate.  Collected 50 gallons of sap during the boil...added it directly to the pan as I didn’t want to listen to the generator anymore.  Looks like another boil on Sunday!

Happy sugaring!

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2 more gallons collected this morning and they are still running. Looks like I’m getting into the part of the season where it runs very well. 
 

I found these water containers on Amazon a week or so ago and ordered some for storage. I didnt Realize it at the time, but they have a spigot that threads I to The center of the large cap. They are perfect for running tubes to. I’m buying a bunch of them, as they are less expensive than new food grade 5 or 6 gallon buckets. Next season I’ll just use these for collection, it should be much more simple than using buckets to collect, emptying those into larger buckets and then dumping those into these to store until it’s time to boil. I’ll have 2 of these for each tap and just leave them there until full and swap them out. 

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1 hour ago, WNYBuckHunter said:

2 more gallons collected this morning and they are still running. Looks like I’m getting into the part of the season where it runs very well. 
 

I found these water containers on Amazon a week or so ago and ordered some for storage. I didnt Realize it at the time, but they have a spigot that threads I to The center of the large cap. They are perfect for running tubes to. I’m buying a bunch of them, as they are less expensive than new food grade 5 or 6 gallon buckets. Next season I’ll just use these for collection, it should be much more simple than using buckets to collect, emptying those into larger buckets and then dumping those into these to store until it’s time to boil. I’ll have 2 of these for each tap and just leave them there until full and swap them out. 

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That's funny,i just saw some of those in someone else's yard yesterday not too far from my house.

What do you guys think about the season so far? I talked to a local maple syrup producer yesterday and he said it is the worst season he has had so far. And next week looks too warm to be good.

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9 minutes ago, BowmanMike said:

That's funny,i just saw some of those in someone else's yard yesterday not too far from my house.

What do you guys think about the season so far? I talked to a local maple syrup producer yesterday and he said it is the worst season he has had so far. And next week looks too warm for be good.

Yeah they are really nice for what they cost, I was surprised when I found Them that they cost less than simple buckets. I would get a few drums, but I dont really have the setup to use those without it being a pain in the butt. These are easy to handle and move as needed. 
 

in the past I always tapped around now, so I have nothing to compare mid February till mid March to. I expected it to be slow early. 

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Oh, one thing I forgot To mention, Amazon has a limit of 4 that any account can buy. I dont Know if it’s time restricted or what. To get more I’ve had my girlfriend and daughter order 4 each also. 

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I just emptied my buckets and was surprised to find that the new area i tapped produces twice as much sap as the other area i tapped earlier. Not sure why,maybe because some of the older trees in the first area are by the roadside and not as vigorous as a midsize tree in the prime of its life?

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My wife and I just finished bottling almost 5 gallons of syrup...a bit darker than my first two boils (Photo of syrup with labels is from my earlier boils for color comparison). Looking like this Sunday might be it for the season.

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2 minutes ago, dinorocks said:

My wife and I just finished bottling almost 5 gallons of syrup...a bit darker than my first two boils (Photo of syrup with labels is from my earlier boils for color comparison). Looking like this Sunday might be it for the season.

That’s a great haul! 

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