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Leaks and Laments

by Don 4/25/2018 8:27:00 AM

The much predicted snowfall left 20" of heavy snow the weekend of April 14th. We anticipated the snow cover would extend our season, by keeping our sugarbush insulated from the warming sun. However, just one week later, we were watching the snow turn to rivulets in the woods, and the sap flow reduce significantly. 

We had a minor setback the weekend of the blizzard when I walked into the sugarhouse and found a small pond of sap that had leaked out the 4x7 drop flue pan!  The entire evaporator required disassembly and "a" leak was identified.  This was patched with a liquid epoxy that can withstand 2500º F after curing.  We were able to limp through the last week of the season, but have not totally solved the problem.

We finished the season with over 400 gallons of syrup, which is only the third time in our 25 years of syruping.  We are quite pleased with the amount of syrup we can provide to anyone desires a fine product. Now in the process of cleanup, this will take several days at the "retiree pace"!

Soon we will be able to sample and bottle the first vintage of our bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.  Check back to see when this is available.

Thanks for reading our posts this year, and if you have any questions, send an email to somerskogen@gmail.com.

Lots of snow and no flow

by Mary 4/17/2018 8:56:00 AM

Receiving a record 18" of heavy snow, high winds and temps below freezing this past weekend, sap flow has once again come to a halt. On a positive note, we were able to spend the time fixing a leak in our flue pan. We should be ready to process sap again without anymore leakage onto the sugarhouse floor. 

We've only reached 50 degrees once this spring, so we're optimistic we still have several days of solid sap flow and more syrup. It's been a unique year and definitely the latest we've ever been making maple syrup in our 25 years. Here is the forecast for the rest of April - we're all ready for warm temperatures and no more snow!

 

 

 

 

 

A long Winter and late Spring!

by Mary 4/10/2018 6:16:00 AM

We've had cold, snow and clouds for the better part of a week, and it seems like winter won't let go.  The coldest April since 1936, many of the lakes still have 2+ feet of ice.  The next four days look good day for sap flow, with temps expected in the lower 40's.  The weekend will return to below or near freezing, but we're on a positive trend towards warmer temps and sap flow. At this rate, we may still be syruping late April!

Here is the forecast for the next week: