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Old March 17th, 2012, 08:37 PM
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Grama Cindy are you talking about spending the year making sap pump $450.00, vacuum pump set up $250.00. Buying up every possible thing I could think of off Ebay Valves $85.00, filters, leaf basket $35.00, SS cam-locks $244.00, bulk head fittings $$56.00, $200.00 in PVC fittings. Spending $14,000.00 on used RO, 6 rolls tubing, 4 bags taps, 2 bags Ts, Case prefilters$450.00, $104.00 sap refractometer, Expanding the area for bulk sap and Permeate tanks cut trees excavate area and add gravel $800.00. Add new 200 Amp service for RO $1000.00 Spend $1100.00 in gas and motel rooms getting too and from Parker Colo to Jacksonport Wisc. Tapping half the woods to collect 2200 gallons sap SOLD for $400.00 to the neighbor. Getting Jim to give me 5 gallons to give the people that let me use their elec for pumps and the sugar bush...............................PRICELESS.:bana na:

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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:59 PM
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HEY!!!!! don't let the wives hear you talking lke that ! I feel for ya.!! but you gotta think long term. I'm only 3 yrs. into this adiction and can see that. This year ZIP ---- next year ----YAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
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Old March 18th, 2012, 12:25 AM
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And 1 new 4 wheeler you crashed several times.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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And 1 new 4 wheeler you crashed several times.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:02 AM
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The key to get sap without it freezing for over a week is high vacuum. Not 20 or 21 inches, but 24 or higher, makes a huge difference.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 08:49 AM
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I only had 70 trees on vacuum and that while more than bags gave me almost nothing other than one day I got about 10 gallons from it That was it.
A friend by Millacs Lake had just put in 225 taps on vacuum and was getting about 140 gallons a day. That was the best in the area. He is about 30 miles west of me.
There is no doubt the vacuum is better but this year non was great.
Here is a link to give you an idea of what is going on.

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Old March 18th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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I am now up to a grand total of .......... 16 ounces of syrup from 250 taps. Yep, just swimming in sap...NOT! Not pulling them yet because the sap is still good from the couple of trees actually producing - no buds on the trees - below freezing predicted late this coming week but we'll see what happens. The worst part for me is that it looks like I am going to have a lot of disappointed regular customers this year. I keep hoping for just one 200 gallon sap day so that I can at least supply them.
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3rd putting new brakes and tires on the truck were needed because off the snow and mud and the possibility of traveling with 2 full cage tanks. BUT the 4 wheeler was a godsend. Having a way to get back and forth with the drills parts and 2 types of tubing was great. Getting out into the woods looking for problems was the best thing about a 4 wheeler. Just taking a leisurely ride through the trails would show taps pulled from falling branches or missed taps.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:43 PM
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We made 5 qts. this weekend. I boiled down 100 gallons on the evaporator Wednesday night and then spent 10 hours finishing off the 20 gallons of sweet on the turkey fryer. That sucked!! I went out today and pulled the buckets off the trees and Dad will replace them this weekend if the weather really decides to change. It was weird, of the 350 taps there were only about 10 that would consistently give up a decent serving of sap.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 11:55 PM
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Some of our trees actually ran today in 77F after a 55 night. Nothing normal this year!

The trees look frighteningly full budded, but as we collected another 80 gallons I tested regularly with a little stainless cup and a propane torch to try and detect that insidious smell of buddy sap. Seems OK, so we will probably boil it tomorrow.
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