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Old February 1st, 2019, 08:37 PM
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Hey gang, been away from the site for a while so wanted to see how things are shaping up. Didn't have too much spare time this off-season with us renovating an old farmhouse and watching my daughter grow up way too fast. We rebuilt our RO and added a second membrane. I'll post a pic later on, very happy with how it turned out. Also added a low pressure switch.

We'll be tapping next weekend as the weather looks favorable in our area. The warm up this week should thaw out the trees so they should be ready to roll. Cheers to another season of sugaring!
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Old February 25th, 2019, 10:52 AM
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update from southcentral PA - had our first boil Saturday. Nice 2% sap from the woods and it was still running hard. We upgraded our RO to a 2 post set up and that really makes a difference. Gaining a full percent of sugar increase in one pass and ultimately ran it up to 9-10% with no issues. Made for frequent draws and a little more detail to defoaming. good start to our season.
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Old February 25th, 2019, 11:34 AM
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Wow first boil! That scares me. Your season is usually 3 weeks ahead mine and the first of March is Friday and I still haven't tapped .
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Old February 25th, 2019, 12:16 PM
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This is our latest start since 2016 when we tapped on 2/15 and first boiled on 2/24. might be a fast and furious season but the extended forecasts so far look favorable.
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Last year I tapped 2/14 and was collecting the next day. We are froze tight and the next 10 days look as bad. Will be 0 tonight. Glad you got the RO going better. You may have to teach me to build one. My hobby pan is on an old arch and I don't get much GPH. Last year I added air from the front and it helped quite a bit. My dream/goal would be to have an SL arch and pan with reverse flow. Then I would not need to think about RO, unless the extra time I would have forces me to tap 100 more trees. SL has a video that shows them testing their 2x4 system and getting around 42 gph, if I remember correctly, cold sap coming in. Glad someone is collecting sap and making syrup. Have a good year.
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Hey if its on the internet it must be true!
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Old February 28th, 2019, 11:50 AM
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Glad you got the RO going better. You may have to teach me to build one.
I followed Dennis' build very closely as he provided quite a bit of detail and gathered information from other posts but I could certainly help you. We're not experts but I can confidently say our set up works great. It's not as elaborate with the automation but we do have low pressure shutoffs. This is his thread I mentioned:

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Old February 28th, 2019, 01:13 PM
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Had our second boil yesterday with sap collected between 2/23-2/26. We had a nice stretch of weather that gave us about 510 gallons. Very clear and cold and just under 2.0% sugar. Had a few repairs in the woods from the recent wind storm. Sap was running well yesterday but looks like some persistent cold in the forecast.

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Old March 14th, 2019, 09:09 PM
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Third boil yesterday. Just over 700 gallons from Sunday to wed. Roughly 10 gallons drawn off. Two post RO gets us close to 10% concentrate which really saves wood and creates long draws. One draw lasted nearly 15 min. Favorable weather in the forecast so likely boiling this weekend.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 10:22 PM
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Nice run from Wednesday to Friday. RO was working great and getting us 8-10% which has noticably reduced the amount of wood we have used. Started filtering and bottling as well so it was a busy day. Favorable weather in the forecast so hoping it keeps on rolling.
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