Disaster Averted!

by Don 4/3/2022 7:48:00 AM

Wednesday March 30 we suddenly experienced a vacuum pump failure! Not only does it double the sap production, it’s required to activate a sap lifter from 300 taps and lift it 14 feet to cross a driveway!! Fortunately the excellent staff @Roth Sugarbush had two ace technicians,Kellen and Dave, who took the pump apart , identified and repaired the pump and I was back on the road in 2 hours !

Mary and I reinstalled the pump the next morning and we hardly missed a beat!πŸ‘.We’ve made 250 gallons of syrup so far and the color profile has gone from Dark Robust, to Amber Rich and yesterday we made a barrel of Golden Delicious syrup. All is very good and full flavored. The next several days look very favorable for good sap flows.

The sap is flowing

by Don 3/24/2022 1:02:00 PM

The temperature has been above freezing for over 2 days so the sap flow has diminished significantly. With our high vacuum running at 26+ in. Hg we’ve obtained about 1/2 gal. per tap per day. Those on gravity systems have seen much less. We have boiled 3 times and will again tomorrow. BTW , that is our mascot Skogen at the ready!

Preparing for the next run of maple sap

by Don 3/19/2022 8:25:00 AM

To prepare for the next run of sap, all stainless steel tanks are power washed to maintain pristine conditions. Here is Erica wielding the power washerπŸ‘πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄πŸ’ͺ🏻