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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Maple Syrup

It's maple syrup time again! The sweet sap is flowing real well right now. All I use is cleaned milk jugs and some plastic tubing and start tapping.



I drill a 3/8" hole angled slightly up into the tree, drill a hole into the cap of the jug then insert the tube into the jug and into the tree and let the sap flow!



When collecting the sap, just unscrew the cap and pour into another container.



The sap has to boil down and when the temperature reaches 217 degrees, it is syrup! It takes 35 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. It tends to be runny but it's fantastic!

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Re: Maple Syrup

We ran our first batch through our new homemade evaporator last week.........I think we ended up with a sap/syrup ratio of almost 50:1 this year..................with the evaporator, I think we were evap. around 20 gallons an hour, without any kind of pre-heater rigged up yet........we were dumping ice cold sap in the flue pan.....

Dad is gonna run the second batch of sap tomorrow, and then I think e are pulling the spiles...............we should end up with around 15 gallons of syrup this year......which is plenty to last us................

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I have not started boiling yet and the sap has not been cooperative the last few days. Great job on 15 gallons! If I get one I'll be happy.

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Re: Maple Syrup

Very informative!

Curious...approx how long does it take to fill a gal jug?

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Re: Maple Syrup

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Very informative!

Curious...approx how long does it take to fill a gal jug?
If it is running real well, it will only take about a day to fill a gallon jug. Last Sunday all of my jugs were full. Then it took 2 days to fill them again then 3 more days. It really slowed up during the week. I took some pics of the boiling today, I'll get them posted as soon as possible.

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Thanks. Look fwd to your pics!

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Re: Maple Syrup

Now the boiling starts. After storing the sap in a cooler, I start to fill up the boiling pot.



Let the boiling begin!



After most of the water has steamed away and the liquid temperature has reached 217 degrees, it has become maple syrup! The picture below is a result of 2 and half gallons of sap boiled down to syrup. As you can see, the snow really came down yesterday.


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Outstanding pics/info!! Thanks for sharing with us all here. I never realized whut all was involved but now certainly appreciate my maple syrup so much more.

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Re: Maple Syrup

Wow this is great! great info and a few questions for you guys, How deep into the tree do you drill the 3/8 hole? can you go too far or not enough? Also is the Outside Diameter of your flexible clear hose 3/8 also? so that it fits kind snug in the hole drilled into the tree? how far in do you push the clear hose? and how many holes do you drill into a tree can you run 2 or 3 lines out of one maple tree? whats the reason you angle the drill bit up? wouldnt it be better angled down? Sorry for so many questions fellas im just trying to learn about this.

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Re: Maple Syrup

The Sugar Shack near my camp uses plastic elbows that push into the drilled hole and made to hold the tubing. They put two on opposite sides and 'T' the tubing together.

They set up (4) lines running downhill from tree to tree to a spot near the sugar shack & run the tubing into the lids on Rubbermaid 50 gal trash cans, one for each tubing line..

The rest of the trees are tapped w/ a metal spout and covered bucket. Each tour group gets to tap another tree during the demo's.

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