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Maple Syrup: Season 2. For Sale and B.S. thread

Discussion in 'Sports & Hobbies' started by Pudge, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Feb 10, 2018 at 8:16 PM
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    Today marked the 1st day of the 2018 maple sugaring season for me.

    Season 1 can be found here... https://www.tundras.com/threads/maple-syrup.10578/ this is a picture heavy thread with lots of explanation and BS but also good information.

    This will be the go to thread for season 2 for me and all who wish to follow.

    The syrup WILL BE for sale and I will post up when some is bottled and available. This and the 2nd post will be edited to reflect my stock and updated pricing and shipping info.

    Orders are best done via PM and I will do my best to get it out to you ASAP. This is a very time consuming hobby so please be patient with me. I try to get back to you ASAP but as some of you may have experienced, I forget, so if I don't reply to your PM or you feel like your order is taking too long, please PM me again.

    So many of you have been amazingly helpful in getting this little business off the ground and have shown great interest in this odd hobby of mine. Thanks to all who have helped me along the way.

    The first taps and buckets of the year are filling with sap as I write this...

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    SYRUP is being made, not currently available for purchase. This could take a few weeks.
    Will update OP and this post when the liquid gold is bottled up and ready to go.
    Prices and sizing as follows....pending (sizing may vary this year, possibly will not have 12oz this year)
    Will add photos of each size bottle here as soon as I can.

    3.5oz glass maple leaf
    8oz glass flask
    12oz glass flask
    16oz glass jug
    32oz plastic quart jugs

    SHIPPING: so far i have only used USPS flat rate shipping. It's $____ for a medium box and $_____ for large. If you have a hookup on shipping and want to email me a prepaid label then that's great, I know shipping costs suck.

    HOW MUCH CAN I FIT IN A BOX?
    This depends on what you want. I can fit 2-3 quarts in a medium and 4-5 in a large. Those are plastic. When it's glass I need to pack more carefully and it's 2 pints per medium and 3 or 4 per large. 8oz and 12oz bottles are flat, almost flask like and I should be able to fit more. The maple leaf bottles are really fragile and take up some decent space. PM me if you have questions, I'm willing to do a dry fit when I have time, to maximize your shipping costs.

    **REFRIDGERATE AFTER OPENING**
    Unopened bottles do not have to go in the fridge but not a bad idea to keep glass bottles out of the sunlight.
     
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    Started at around 8 this morning and got the truck loaded with everything needed to tap trees. My 2 brothers and I went out and did 150 taps today which took up a good chunk of the day
    Then went back to the sugar house to get the evaporator set up to cook tomorrow.
    It's a tricky hobby because you have no idea, well maybe a few days warning to the start of the season. It's fully dependant on the weather. You want warm days 40-50° and cold nights <30° for several days in a row, usually around valentines day here in CT.
    When you see that weather you have a day or 2 to get prepped and ready to go, and there's really nothing you can do until then other than inventory and buy whatever is needed for the season. I figured this would be the weekend to start since the weather looks good and I don't have to work this weekend. So I worked out well.
    I have spent the last week or so taking inventory and making some adjustments to the equipment and machines.
    Last week I added 3 feet of pipe to the smoke stack, this should help the fire draw a bit better to the back pan.

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  4. Feb 10, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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    aramirez73 VAMONOS A LA CHINGADA!!!

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  5. Feb 10, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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    Very cool. I enjoyed reading the last thread on this. I'll take some this time around since I missed it last time.
     
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  6. Feb 10, 2018 at 8:26 PM
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    Messaged you! Totally not missing out on this!
     
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    Hey Adam thanks for asking. My back has been pretty good, my legs are another story, lots of tingling and burning but pretty much only when I lay down. Also I have been getting epidural injections every month or so which helps a lot, and I got a custom fit brace just for syrup season. By the time insurance approved the surgery, the recovery time would have made it impossible for me to do syrup at all this year.
    I have a few extra volunteers this year to help out, hopefully they actually do. I also made some holding and transfer tanks up to minimize the carrying of buckets of sap in a few areas that were troublesome for me.
    So far, so good. Also not too smart of me to do this but if I physically can I will. I won't push it too hard though.
     
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    Just be careful brother!
     
  11. Feb 10, 2018 at 8:57 PM
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    As someone who has had C area fusion and will probably have L fusion in the next few years, the best advice I can provide is don't be a tough guy too much, tough is spelled stupid. I'd give up a year of syrup for many more in the future.
     
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    Fusion is in my future no doubt. But I do feel pretty good these days with my current treatments, and the best part is I am not on any meds at all. The thing that screwed me last year was actually playing golf, go figure I was good all syrup season. Then played 2 rounds if golf in a week and I was shot for 2 months.
     
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    I've never been a golfer but a friend talked me into going to a driving range many years ago. Hit balls and drink beer. Three shots in I was just drinking beers. That shit hurt.
     
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    Wow now I know I've really made it haha. Sticky status is the real deal. I'm honored to be honest.
     
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    I ended up taking the grates out and bringing them to a welder. He tried but the kept cracking elsewhere. He offered to make some from steel angle iron but close to same price of new cast iron ones which will last longer, so I bought new grates unfortunately
     
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    dang it... sorry...
     
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    Yeah the guy actually had high hopes. But as he was heating it new cracks started to show up and it was just shot. Oh well these new grates should last many years
     
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    I hope so... Now I've experienced your syrup, I have zero intentions of going back to regular store bought
     
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    Put on some good back support brace or something. Warm up and stretch before you go out. Starting to work on cold muscles is no bueno.
     
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    Placing my order thru @Sean266 :D

    Wait, never mind. Will pay full price to get first priority :rofl:

    In for 4x32oz when it’s time.
     
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    We ran out at Christmas time. Now going through withdrawals and those pictures made me hungry!
     
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    I am in for a couple 12oz or 16oz bottles...
     
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