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Should be a decent sap run this week, especially Wednesday. Got a couple dozen taps in today, and will try to get a few more in tomorrow.

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i put out a 120 or so taps a year. am curious what the run will be like. i'm in northern itasca county and there's very little frost to speak of. figure it might break and catch me off guard.

but i try hard not to get them out before the 1st of april. hate jumping the gun and having to ream holes. where you at?

jason

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Near Fergus Falls. Most of the trees we tap have pretty good sun exposure and will run fairly quick.

Anxious to try out the new 2x 4 divided pan evaporator I made out an old fuel oil tank.

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yep we are almost done tapping down near Ramsey mn. we put out around 1,000 or so taps. i hope this year isn't like last year by getting to warm to quick. we only made about 35 gallons last year. the year before we made about 115 gallons. i would like to be able to do at least 100 gallons. have fun everyone and don't burn it

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One of the silvers in my yard started to flow today. That is my baromoter tree, time to go check the sugars I tapped a few days ago. Still snowshoe time in Ottertail county.

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we collected somewhere around 300 gallons of sap today before the rain moves in.

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Boiled down 28 gallons yesterday. Got 5 and a half pints of lovely Grade A fancy. Looks like the weather is going to put the brakes on for a few days.

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we made around 10 gallons of finished syrup today. now to go dump all the buckets on the ground to get rid of the water and snow. then the weather looks alright with 30-40 as highs. good luck everyone

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made another 10 gallons today and collected about 500 or so more gallons of sap also.

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made 8 more gallons today. we also have about 600-700 gallons of sap to get boiled down also.

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Boiled off 100 gallons of sap today down to about 15 gallons. I'll finish it on propane tomorrow.

Pretty good sap flow today. Might have to boil again Monday.

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Just got done finishing off my first ever batch, a little under 2 gals. Will be boiling again today. Certainly a good time, but understand the price in the stores now smile

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are boiling it in the house? if so i don't want to catch you lickin your walls. cause it gets everywhere. ha ha good job

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Finished my syrup on propane this am. Got 2.75 gal of medium amber from 105 gal of sap. Just had some french toast, great stuff!

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Figured I would post a few pics of my family's set up. They have made about 175 gallons so far. full-27062-7397-img_20110403_174825.jpg

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A friend of mine made some for the first time this weekend. They got 11 pints. LOL

I have always had intentions to try and do it, but I never quite seem to make it happen.

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Just getting toward the end of another 90 gallons or so on my 2 x 4 evaporator. Should yield about 2 gallons or a little more. Good sugar content this year, been getting a sap to syrup ratio of about 35 to 1.

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Sad to say but I have never been a huge fan of homemade syrup. I'd usually just prefer mass produced store bought stuff...

But, this year my sisters boyfriend made some and it was awesome! It is lighter in color and a little more runny than others I have had, plus not as sweet. grin

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i think this might be it in the metro area, i'm hoping it will last at least until this weekend.

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