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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6502071
03/26/19 08:31 PM
03/26/19 08:31 PM
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western pa
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Boiled yesterday and got 3.5 gallons. Not a real good run here today but suppose to run tomorrow some. Guess I will be boiling tomorrow evening. May about wrap it up here for us. I think we are at 18 gallons for the season so far. That pic is old. No snow here!

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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6503832
03/28/19 06:48 PM
03/28/19 06:48 PM
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western pa
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Got another 1 1/2 gallons today. Think my season is about over. How is everyone else doing?




Re: Maple time [Re: goldnut] #6503839
03/28/19 06:56 PM
03/28/19 06:56 PM
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Last two days we collected 1550 gallons from 350 trees! The last run was super. We have held 3% on sugar as well. Not running at all today so we are taking a 2 day break. With cold coming we may get another good run Monday-Wednesday. We are at 5500 gallons to date with a 3.1 sugar percentage. That is about 196 gallons of syrup.
Moths have been out for about 5 days for us so the end is coming soon. Our end date the last 3 years was about April 7th. We will see if we make it that far this year. We started collecting 13 days later than the last 2 years this year but the runs have been good.

Bryce

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6504031
03/28/19 10:59 PM
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Ne pa
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Pulled our taps and buckets today. Should finish with about 8 gallons of syrup. Gotta do some boiling tomorrow and that should be the last of it. Just gave the ro system a acid wash. Gonna give it the soap sometime tomorrow and then flush it.

Next year we will be keeping better notes. I write some things down about the ro but should have kept better track of how long it takes to run 50 gallons of sap.

Already thinking about getting more stuff and tapping many more trees. My wife is going to look into what is needed to sell it. Not sure it would be worth it tho with how small of an amount we would be making.

I need to find cheaper hobbies.


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.... but what do I know, I'm just a dumb farmer. ~ My Dad.
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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6504045
03/28/19 11:08 PM
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Wisconsin
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We pulled yesterday got 300+ gallons off 115 trees. So far we have about a 1000 gallons of sap. Will probably get about 34 gallons of syrup. We do It all by Armstrong method. LOl


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6504069
03/28/19 11:41 PM
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Our 2000 foot of gravity lines seem to have worked out quite well. We need to head scratch on the emptying our barrels and keeping covers on as that process takes longer now. We pump into a 55 gallon trailer we pull with my 300CC 4-wheeler. It works good but when you get 450 gallons on a run it is 9 fill ups pumping in and out. About the same time to collect but 100 less buckets to dump and carry so yes it is an improvement. The part we put the line in has a lot of shrub growth so it is hard to walk through. Now we have to hope our home made line cleaning system works out for us.

Bryce

Re: Maple time [Re: bblwi] #6504752
03/29/19 07:17 PM
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We quit last week. Sure makes February and March more enjoyable having something this fun to do.

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6504808
03/29/19 08:06 PM
03/29/19 08:06 PM
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Chautauqua County, New York
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Pulled my taps tonight. The sap was cloudy, smelly and tasted bad.......buddy. Was hoping for a few more days. I will boil off the sweet in my pan and start cleaning and putting everything away. Wife is happy that I will be able to get back to finishing up the kitchen.


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6505892
03/30/19 07:15 PM
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We tore down the cooker today and washed all the buckets and taps and hoses. Looks like we will end up with about 35 gallons of syrup. I'm glad we're done.


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6505895
03/30/19 07:18 PM
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Good job Beav! Sweet rewards too!

Chris


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6506133
03/30/19 10:23 PM
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Gary, don't forget about your minnesota buddy.

I think I'm going to tap on Monday.

Re: Maple time [Re: Steven 49er] #6510295
04/04/19 10:36 PM
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The last run was huge. A bit over 1900 gallons in two days from 480 trees. Sap is still clear and sugar was 2.9 to 3.2 yet. We pulled about 80 buckets today. Total to date is 7600 gallons at an average sugar of 3.05 which makes 262 gallons of maple syrup. The darker more maple flavor syrup is starting now. That is what we like and the customers we have.

Bryce

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6512907
04/08/19 08:27 AM
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Been to busy to get on here. Neighbor is making syrup and I have been helping. He has about 4200 taps some of the trees are mine. All on vacuum lines. Natural gas fired lappierre (sp) evaporator, with a RO system. Its a good year we have over 1000 gallons made should get some good runs yet. It all depends on the weather. After we get it from the RO the sugar content is around 14%. Cuts way down on the boiling time, we can make 40 gallons of syrup an hour. He sells it by the forty gallon barrel/ five gallon container and many small bottles both glass and plastic.

Mails some all over the US.

Jim

Re: Maple time [Re: james dymond] #6512925
04/08/19 08:58 AM
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We hauled our last 200 gallons Saturday. Now it is clean up time!!! That is several days of work as well.

Bryce

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6513179
04/08/19 04:08 PM
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Ya cleanup takes about two hours, we clean the tanks and evaporator after every boil.

Jim

Re: Maple time [Re: james dymond] #6514275
04/09/19 10:34 PM
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That is a significant operation for sure. Good to hear you have enough cold weather left and the ground is cool so the sap runs up and down yet. We got the last of our buckets and taps pulled today. Mold was really starting the last 3 days! When one puts all the buckets, tubs, tubes, covers hauling tanks, pumps etc. back in the hay barn it sure is a lot of stuff. Pretty sore today from bending and scrubbing out 500 buckets the last 3 days!
We will pickup our syrup in a week or so and find out our exact sap amount and sugar content. We get paid by the point of sugar and also get syrup back based on our sugar content and our sap is some of the higher sugar they cook at this place. That helps pay for the gas in hauling all the sap.

Bryce

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