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4/10/2016
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Posted by: @ 7:42 pm

It was a busy week and weekend.   Quinn and Jim pulled the 1000 taps in the home woods,  Jim and Brent pulled out the pickup tank from the Home Woods and Jim Cleaned them all.  Jim picked up the rest of the bag hangers and washed them all (450) in the dishwasher.   On Friday Dave helped Jim put away the pickup tanks and bag hangars and then Dave pulled taps in the Harmon Woods for 6 hours.  Brent & Brandon showed up about 3:30 so the 3 of us pulled about 2500 taps. After pulling taps Brent and Dave emptied and brushed out the Harmon Woods pickup tanks.   Since the trees had turned we emptied out about 2000 gallons onto the ground - we wanted to get them empty since it was going to freeze hard Friday nite.  On Saturday we picked up all 3 tanks,  rolled up the 300 ft drain line and the 100 ft pickup line to the road.  While Dave, Bruce and Jim pressure washed the tanks Kevin and Brent worked on the granary project.  The cold snap continued - the high on Saturday was 34 and Friday was 35.   This was the coldest end of season we could remember.    We were hoping we’d get more sap but the frogs were croaking in the pond so we knew the season was over.   We ended up with 1,279 gallons of maple syrup made from the 49,994 gallons of sap.  The sugar content was about the same as last year.   2.24%.   On the average we made 1 qt of syrup from each tap.  There was hardly any Grade B dark syrup made this year.      

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