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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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tapping for syrup yet?

These couple warmer days put me in the mood to start tapping. I cut a small maple out of the way last Sunday and the sap ran pretty good. Guess it is time to gather up the gear.
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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

My neighbor had his trees tapped and ran sap the last warm spell we had. Don't know how much he got, but I know he got some anyway.

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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

Yea, I"m getting the itch. Almost tapped that last warm spell we had but held off. I heard some guys that did tap the other week had pretty good runs of sap.
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Hope to get mine in this weekend. Hoping for a better year than I had last year!
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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

We put 14 taps out yesterday morning. We only got a bit over 8 gallons of sap so far but it was only sunny for a short while yesterday. We'll propbably put out a couple dozen taps next week or so.

We only make a few gallons of syrup each spring and probably couldn't do that much if we didn't get free gas from some wells on our property.

I can't go back to the thick artificial stuff and we're down to just over a pint left from last year. It makes great gifts for the friends that apreciate it.
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We put 14 taps out yesterday morning. We only got a bit over 8 gallons of sap so far but it was only sunny for a short while yesterday. We'll propbably put out a couple dozen taps next week or so.

We only make a few gallons of syrup each spring and probably couldn't do that much if we didn't get free gas from some wells on our property.

I can't go back to the thick artificial stuff and we're down to just over a pint left from last year. It makes great gifts for the friends that apreciate it.
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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

Does anyone know where you can buy the equipment other than online for tapping trees.

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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

Most sugar houses also sale at least some equipment. It's easiest to buy the taps, but everything else can be improvised with milk jugs, five gallon buckets etc..
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We put 14 taps out yesterday morning. We only got a bit over 8 gallons of sap so far but it was only sunny for a short while yesterday. We'll propbably put out a couple dozen taps next week or so.

We only make a few gallons of syrup each spring and probably couldn't do that much if we didn't get free gas from some wells on our property.

I can't go back to the thick artificial stuff and we're down to just over a pint left from last year. It makes great gifts for the friends that apreciate it.
I appreciate it, friend.
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Re: tapping for syrup yet?

I finished up about 1 gallon last night.
This will be our 3rd year making syrup. It is a good start for us. First year we got about a gallon last year we got a little over a gallon. we already have almost that much and I think we should still have a couple of weeks left. We tapped 3 big trees with 2 taps per tree and we boil it down on a turkey fryer. The girls gave some to their grandparents and we finished up the rest about october. My 9 year old wants to expand and sell it but the cost of propane would kill us. we did do a profit and loss statement last year just for fun to see how much we would have to sell it for and to show them how hard it is to make money. I just enjoy the process.
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