Our new 15″ filter press with ten hollows and nine flat plates. 1″ lines and an air powered diaphragm pump. We’ve used this piece of equipment twice so far and haven’t even come close to clogging it up. Our old syrup filters would need changed ever 50 gallons or so, this one processed 250 gallons last time before we ran out of sap and had to shut down for the day.
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We’re half way tapped on our Greenville property now. 4,082 taps currently for a grand total of 19,295 tapped trees on our four properties at the moment. The remaining main lines are all up and ready to go. We have three guest tubing installers coming out next week along with our usual four workers, with any luck well get most of the remaining 3,500 taps running before the season comes to a close.
One of many trees down on the roads today. On the one mile stretch of route 18 on the way to Brass road we counted three different trees down, luckily the local fire department was there clearing the road. The good news of this storm is that anything left standing won’t be coming down on our lines in the foreseeable future!
Finally some true February temperatures, this freeze should kickstart the trees into running again and flush out all of the warm and hazy sap we’ve had to process last week. We’re all taking a much needed and deserved day off today, the first in quite a while
Various sample bottles from this year, we started with golden two weeks ago and hit amber and dark on our way to very dark today. While we do love the strong flavor of very dark we’re hoping for some colder weather so that we can get back to amber grade, 60 degree sap doesn’t have a very long shelf life and needs processed immediately.