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Old 02-20-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Maple Sap 2019

Hey Gang:
Here we go again. I put out my taps last Monday (Feb. 11). A little ran that day and a little more over the weekend, but Iím anticipating a good run starting tomorrow and on through Monday. Forecast looks good in the Lake George region. Hoping to do my first boil on Monday. Iíve expanded my operation from 10 taps to 13, thanks to a Christmas present of some new buckets courtesy of my wife. ĎHope everyone is gearing up!
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:03 AM   #2
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Hey Gang:
Here we go again. I put out my taps last Monday (Feb. 11). A little ran that day and a little more over the weekend, but Iím anticipating a good run starting tomorrow and on through Monday. Forecast looks good in the Lake George region. Hoping to do my first boil on Monday. Iíve expanded my operation from 10 taps to 13, thanks to a Christmas present of some new buckets courtesy of my wife. ĎHope everyone is gearing up!
If you get to the point of needing a propane fired stainless steel boiler set up, let me know.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:20 PM   #3
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If you get to the point of needing a propane fired stainless steel boiler set up, let me know.
I'd be interested to hear of such a set up. My wife, who loves to cook, has been nudging me about one of these: https://www.vtevap.com

But, I'm small time!
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:52 PM   #4
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I don’t put my taps out until the traditional starting time of the day after town meeting day. I am gearing up though getting my buckets ready and trails cleared for sap collection.
Looking forward to the season; I can’t wait! You are way ahead of the game Buckladd!
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:23 PM   #5
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That's a clever device an d a great idea. You do know how to reduce the surge of bubbles when they get to the volcano stage? Touch a piece of fatback to the mound of bubbles and they will immediately disappear. Then they will start to build again.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:28 PM   #6
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I'd be interested to hear of such a set up. My wife, who loves to cook, has been nudging me about one of these: https://www.vtevap.com

But, I'm small time!
My neighbor had a pretty substantial sugar shack, with maple trees on a hill with taps and hoses running downhill to 55 gallon drums. Unfortunately, he had health issues and hadn't done any active maple syrup production in a long time. He passed away last year and his widow is thinking of selling some of it. I'll stop down and take some pictures. No idea what she'd take for it, but I can ask.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:44 PM   #7
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I just do a little for personal use, but taking this spring off, I still have a gallon and a half in the beer fridge leftover from last spring.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:51 AM   #8
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Well, I screwed up! Sap ran over the weekend, but not as good as I thought it would. I had some place to be Sunday afternoon and decided to wait until Monday to empty my buckets. They were frozen solid! 'Might get above freezing later his week, but otherwise it looks to remain cool.
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Looks like cold temps through next week. First big run might not be until mid-March.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:43 AM   #10
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I agree. Last year we had that early run in February.
A nice pause and then steady.


These next two weeks of cold is exactly what I need.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:04 PM   #11
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I boiled down a pint today. Overdid it a little, was rearranging the woodshed and not paying attention. Pancakes for dinner! Looks like a good run after this cold snap. Get ready!
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