Last week we had a brief warmup with a day and a half above 32. We actually got up into the 50's and Burlington set a record high temp of 57 beating the old record by 12 degrees. That meant quite a run for us!!
After the serious cold snap we all were wondering what would happen when last weeks warmup came. Would if be warm enough for long enough to really unthaw the trees? Most of us thought no but when we filled our second 6000 gallon tank if about 6 hours we knew 1. we were wrong and 2. someone was sleeping at the sugarhouse. Thankfully it was dad. At the time we had 8500 tapped and in about a day and a half got about 20,000 gallons of sap. Not too bad at all. It was a good thing dad did stay at the sugarhouse because he had to switch over an overflowing tank and babysit a releaser we are still working the bugs out of. I don't think he got much sleep that night, but that is sugaring.
We did not boil yet (we had to abort to figure out some electrical issues with the new rig) but have enough concentrate to make our first 250 or so gallons.
This week is spent tapping, and fixing problems we identified. Dad is on the way back from Canada now where some emergency repairs took place. It is a real bonus sometimes to get these early runs because you can identify real issues before the season is really here. It was stressful enough last week with a day and a half of sap and less than half of our trees tapped, I think we would have had a mental breakdown if the season was really here.
As of today we have about 11,000 tapped and about 7500 left to go. It may warm up again next week so we will see what happens then.
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