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Old 02-12-2018, 02:51 PM   #1
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Maple Sap 2018

OK gang, I started this last year and will again. With some free time on this beautiful Adirondack afternoon and a few days of 40's in the forecast for the Lake George area, I couldn't resist strapping on the snowshoes and setting out my ten little taps. One tree started dripping like a leaky faucet and a few others looked ready to go. If it runs this week, I'll boil over the weekend. I know some of you have some real serious operations compared to mine and we had some good discussion last year. If the long-range forecast holds, we could have a good run in this area the rest of February. Good luck everyone!
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:39 PM   #2
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Good luck and have fun Buck; I use to make between 70 and 140 gallons of syrup and had a riot doing it even with the hard work involved, thanks to good friends. That was with a full sized wood fired arch.
I also made as few two or three gallons with a stainless steel keg cut lengthwise and hinged.

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Old 02-12-2018, 07:23 PM   #3
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I saw the warm weather forecast but didn't even think of sap. Will definitely hang a couple buckets tomorrow night. Thanks for the heads up Buckladd.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:30 PM   #4
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I was looking at the 10 day forecast today and I might start tapping this weekend. Down to my last quart from last year and a buddy of mine already texting me that he has a bunch out......
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Last two days were slow for me
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:55 AM   #6
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I put out our 40 taps on Wednesday, collected only about 21 gallons on Thursday, won't boil till next week but it looks like it could be flowing nicely then since we're going to have 4-5 days of above freezing temperatures. I don't boil till we have 30 or 40 gallons, we just have a little 2x4 homemade evaporator that I bought at an auction for $60 several years ago. If I start the fire at 6 AM and burn till 10 PM I can sometimes boil off 60 or 70 gallons if the humidity isn't too high.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:27 PM   #7
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I checked on bucket this morning, about 1/4 full. I'll be checking the others in the morning.
Should run good next week.
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