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Taps In

by Peter 3/12/2011 4:56:00 AM

The 670 taps have been installed this year, but we haven't made a drop of syrup yet.  A cool (cold) start to the season has us waiting for the first big sap flow.  The weather forecast for this upcoming week looks promising, so we anticipate using the reverse osmosis machine for the first time, followed soon after by an increased rate of syrup production.  

The ideal weather for maple sap flow involves a quick warm up in the morning from about 20 degrees to a temperature in the mid 40s.  Sunday evening until Monday should give us those good flow conditions.  If you look at the weather from Monday until Wednesday, it doesn't look like there will be a very strong freeze, so the sap should stay fluid in the trees.  With the aid of a vacuum pump, we should be able to collect sap on those days as well.  If we didn't have a vacuum pump, it is likely that the sap would not flow much on its own.

 

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The Reverse Osmosis Machine

by Peter 9/11/2010 3:47:00 PM

The reverse osmosis machine is about the size of a small refrigerator.  The tall metal cylinder in back is what holds the membrane that filters out some of the excess water and keeps the sugar.  It is able to do this because sugar molecules are much larger than water molecules.

Installed tanks

by Peter 9/11/2010 3:45:00 PM

The near tank is 1000 gallons and the far tank is 600 gallons.