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Old March 31st, 2018, 01:53 PM
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Wow. Are you dealing with a lake affect type snow or is this just a special year?
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Old March 31st, 2018, 04:27 PM
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Hey Brian:
a very little can be lake effect from Superior we're almost at the cutoff of that, but we tend to get trashed at least once each year in our area like this sometimes more. this time of year As far as the cold it seems like the last 7 years its just been cold. Way below norms most days and is lasting longer...................or is that because I'm getting older???? ha ha have a great Easter Holiday Jay
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Old March 31st, 2018, 04:57 PM
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Pretty sure the sap gets heavier as we get older as well.
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it's an exponential formula Bryan every year after 60 (maybe sooner) it doubles then triples and finally you install tubing and use pumps and it goes down. It's a real phenomena
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Pretty sure the sap gets heavier as we get older as well.
Not if you don't carry it. We try to use a pump everywhere possible.

In Alaska birch syrup operations, it seems like the use 4-wheelers with pumps to collect sap from trees. They just pull up to a group of trees and drag the hose around to each, sucking sap out of the buckets. The Gov knows a lot more about that process than I do.
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Hey Bryan: Still getting trashed here in Sugar Camp WI another two feet or more since my last post........................how do you think our second mud season will be now???? This is how our snowbanks are on our driveway. Jay
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Old April 17th, 2018, 07:22 AM
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Wow! LOL We just had a wicked ice & wind storm come through. Lots of trees down, electricity out, and a swing stage was blown through a window at my highrise construction site. I now officially have mud but done boiling at least.
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Pump it, even in the sugarhouse I used to draw off syrup then carry it to a finisher or to the mixing tank for the filter press. I now move from every step to the next by pumping it. The first time it is not pumped it is either in a retail container or in a SS barrel.
do your sap the same way, unless you feel after carrying several buckets of sap that you still need more exercise.
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Not if you don't carry it. We try to use a pump everywhere possible.

In Alaska birch syrup operations, it seems like the use 4-wheelers with pumps to collect sap from trees. They just pull up to a group of trees and drag the hose around to each, sucking sap out of the buckets. The Gov knows a lot more about that process than I do.
I was really impressed when I saw a YouTube video of the birch sap getting sucked. If you have any idea the type pump they use that would be huge for me I have carried 15,000 gallons of sap this year and I'm not getting any younger.
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