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Old February 23rd, 2014, 11:28 PM
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I been cooking. I've cooked about 20 gals syrup so far in spite of the pan scorching and clean up. The sap flow had been off and on. Haven't had a real good run as there is still a lot of ice in ground and calling for some more cold this week and then warn again. My best sap run was on a day it got to 68 degs. In spite of the cold hard,,,, for me,,,, winter the sap is running about the same sugar as usual,,,,, about 1 3/4%
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 06:11 PM
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I've had big wild swings in the weather. It was 50's Thursday, 60's Friday and Saturday. I almost pulled a all-night-er trying to boil out before the latest cold plunge. And still ended with 165 gals in one cage tank, now in a big block of ice. After hauling generator back home for pending heavy ice storm at 5 am I'm draining flue pan,,,,, lighting, thunder, small hail, then to heavy sleet with rain. As i'm driving back home almost have whiteout from snow. Thankfully didn't get much ice but this morning it was 9 degs and calling for about zero Tuesday morning. But calling for warming into 30's and 50's by weekend. so maybe another run good run. Last two weekends have been a good run and cooking late both Saturday nights.

Sap has been running about like usual,,,,,,, about 1 3/4%. Maybe a little more sap than last year, but har. So hard to tell as I have almost all on tubing this year. As some of the new tubing I put up this year was on low slope don't know if I'm getting full run out of those. Will try to make some changes next year.

I've made about 28 gals so far, so I'm getting close to last year's 37 gals,
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2014 300 on tubing
2013 new Smoky Lake 2x8 with 6 foot drop, 280 taps with 130 on tubing
2012 Built my own arch with AUF for drop flues when i get it using old flat pans,,, 200 taps
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2009 and before cooking out side
2008 bought my piece of land
1972- 2008 cooked as work permitted
1972 Mom and dad made some syrup in kettles for first time
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 08:42 PM
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Sounds like your having fun and learning what a fickle thing Mother nature can be.
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Are we at the end of the season? We have
done a little over 100 gallon for our first season!!
I loved every minute....
My question is the night time temps look to be
Mostly above freezing for the next 10 days.
When do I stop? Will sap stop flowing?
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Old March 10th, 2014, 11:05 PM
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You can cook sap as long as it it runs. The main reason to stop is when the leaf buds start swelling,,,, Turning red,,,, I see that the "soft, silver" maples look like they are starting to swell and about to bloom, but not my sugar maples. The syrup made after budding has a stronger taste. I do know of one guy that keeps cooking the "buddy" sap and claims that it's thicker and has a taste like molasses for those that like molasses. As for me I'm not much on molasses.

By bud time I'm tired of cooking and ready to get everything cleaned up and put away.

I see that they are calling for lows for Thursday morning of mid to low twenties. I don't know if that will be enough cold to start the trees again. I will kind of wait and see.

I've made about 42 gals of syrup, about 2700 gals of sap,,, and scorched pans twice. I think I made 38 gals last year.
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Are we at the end of the season? We have
done a little over 100 gallon for our first season!!
I loved every minute....
My question is the night time temps look to be
Mostly above freezing for the next 10 days.
When do I stop? Will sap stop flowing?
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2014 300 on tubing
2013 new Smoky Lake 2x8 with 6 foot drop, 280 taps with 130 on tubing
2012 Built my own arch with AUF for drop flues when i get it using old flat pans,,, 200 taps
2010 Built a sugar shack using used tin,,, now got a roof over me
2009 and before cooking out side
2008 bought my piece of land
1972- 2008 cooked as work permitted
1972 Mom and dad made some syrup in kettles for first time
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Old March 10th, 2014, 11:09 PM
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Thanks!!!! You've been a great help!! Greatly appreciate it!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 11:24 PM
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Just ask away with questions,,, if I can't answer I'll try to guide to to something on here.
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2014 300 on tubing
2013 new Smoky Lake 2x8 with 6 foot drop, 280 taps with 130 on tubing
2012 Built my own arch with AUF for drop flues when i get it using old flat pans,,, 200 taps
2010 Built a sugar shack using used tin,,, now got a roof over me
2009 and before cooking out side
2008 bought my piece of land
1972- 2008 cooked as work permitted
1972 Mom and dad made some syrup in kettles for first time
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