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Despite making room in our tanks yesterday and expecting a light freeze, we woke up to three of our five collection points overflowing with a fourth just inches from overflowing! It must have run hard all night. We’ve been processing sap nonstop all day and have already made 160 gallons of syrup. We should hit the 300-400+ gallon mark for the day by midnight! Now at least we know 70 degree days in February don’t mean the end of a season. Good thing our sap truck was fixed yesterday, that broken drive shaft would have been a disaster today!
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.
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.