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    • March 12, 2018 7:44 PM EDT
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      It's that time of the year

      Today was my WAH day so I fired up the old up-cycled file cabinet evaporator and started on the sap.  We've got about 20 gallons so far so that means about 2 Quarts of syrup!  It's gonna be a long night.

       

       

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    • March 12, 2018 7:55 PM EDT
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      That looks sweet, Dan.  10 gallons per quart .... WOW.  sounds like a lot of work but I'm sure it makes it taste all the more better.  Thanks for sharing.

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    • March 12, 2018 8:07 PM EDT
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      Cooked Roosters still suck with syrup

    • March 12, 2018 8:12 PM EDT
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      " Rooster " said:

      Cooked Roosters still suck with syrup

      Yes but Maple syrup on pretty much everything else is great!

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    • March 12, 2018 8:34 PM EDT
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      LMAO

    • March 12, 2018 9:19 PM EDT
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      Have a friend in Mass. that used to make his own Maple Syrup ever year.  He started sending me a quart as a gift each year, man was that stuff good. 

      We were talking in person one time and I thanked him for the syrup and commented on how well it went on pancakes.  Jeezzzz you'd thunk I had insulted him.

      He said " You don't use home made Maple Syrup on pancakes you use it as an ice cream topping".  So we tried that and he was right it is wasted on pancakes

       

      Sure miss not getting it anymore.

      Rick

    • March 12, 2018 9:47 PM EDT
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      Rick Marty said:

      Have a friend in Mass. that used to make his own Maple Syrup ever year.  He started sending me a quart as a gift each year, man was that stuff good. 

      We were talking in person one time and I thanked him for the syrup and commented on how well it went on pancakes.  Jeezzzz you'd thunk I had insulted him.

      He said " You don't use home made Maple Syrup on pancakes you use it as an ice cream topping".  So we tried that and he was right it is wasted on pancakes

       

      Sure miss not getting it anymore.

      Rick

      Rick,

      Milk and eggs we give away for free but our maple syrup is the ONLY thing we keep for ourselves.  Well, our honey is pretty sacred too.  We use both on pancakes, French toast, ice cream even turkey sandwiches, just not for cooking.  That's funny though.  Thanks for sharing.

      -Dan

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    • March 12, 2018 10:42 PM EDT
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      Dan Gilchrist said:
      " Rooster " said:

      Cooked Roosters still suck with syrup

      Yes but Maple syrup on pretty much everything else is great!

      Don't let him fool you Dan.  He's just trying to save his own a....

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    • March 12, 2018 11:41 PM EDT

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      Cool. So you just boil out most of the water until the sugar/water ratio is high enough for syrup?

       

       

    • March 13, 2018 12:15 AM EDT
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      Ray Dunakin said:

      Cool. So you just boil out most of the water until the sugar/water ratio is high enough for syrup?

       

       

      Exactly.  The ratio is about 40:1 depending on how you like it.  Takes roughly 12 hours for my evaporator to boil down 10 gallons.  Cost is nearly nothing using wood.  All labor.  I just shut her down for tonight as we are about to get hit with a storm.  1-3 inches per hour will undo the days work!

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    • March 13, 2018 9:53 AM EDT
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    • March 13, 2018 11:05 AM EDT
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      Richard said:

      Dan a good year we could get 32:1 here in north west Ma.. Boil it down watch the drips off end of scoop, draw off and finish inside. Wood is only way to go gives different flavor then gas or oil.

      Richard

      Last few years we get around 40:1.  These are red (swamp) maple.  I finish off on the range.  Wood does give better flavor.  In fact, I was drinking Headway IPA all afternoon and the wood smoke in my nose enhanced an already excellent beer!

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    • March 14, 2018 12:40 AM EDT

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      How much sap can you get from each tree, per day? 

       

      I just read somewhere that they make syrup from birch sap too, but it takes a minimum of 100 gallons to produce one gallon of syrup.

       

       

    • March 14, 2018 11:55 AM EDT
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      Ray Dunakin said:

      How much sap can you get from each tree, per day? 

       

      I just read somewhere that they make syrup from birch sap too, but it takes a minimum of 100 gallons to produce one gallon of syrup.

       

       

      It varies greatly Ray.  Size of the trees and the weather being the greatest factor.  I can tell you I've gathered about 23 Gallons in 23 days from 8 trees so avg 16oz per tree per day.  I tried Birch years ago, Reduced to about 50% then gave up and brewed a beer with it.  Made an OK English ale.

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    • March 14, 2018 1:21 PM EDT
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    • March 14, 2018 1:43 PM EDT
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      Richard said:

      Like Dan said were I live I seen large trees with 4 and 5 taps and yield 2 gals. in good weather for sap to run. But now a days around here they use tubing to each tree and then hooked to a vacuum pump to suck it out of the trees it has to be boiled rather soon or it goes bad. A lot of old farms use there refrigerator room to keep it cold.

      Richard

       

      What the????    I've never heard of this sap sucking thing but I prefer natural methods.  Heck, I milk the goats by hand.  I keep the sap in carboys in the garage fridge until boiling time. 

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BfZUbAiBuZs/?utm_source=ig_web_share[instagram.com]

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    • March 14, 2018 2:45 PM EDT
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      I'm wondering, how far into the tree do you tap it? Also, is there any risk of damaging the tree if you pump out too much sap?

    • March 14, 2018 4:22 PM EDT
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      Ray Dunakin said:

      I'm wondering, how far into the tree do you tap it? Also, is there any risk of damaging the tree if you pump out too much sap?

      I use treesaver taps and drill 5/16" hole about 1-1/2" deep.  I don't pump - just let gravity do the work.  Stuff I've read online today says no harm but I'm not sure https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/how-much-sap

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      Fascinating stuff!

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