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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6489673
03/13/19 12:28 PM
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Still healing from rotator cuff surgery and cannot tap this year. It would be a bear to plow a road open to the sugar house this year for sure.

Hope you all have a great season this year !

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6489756
03/13/19 02:08 PM
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So, I have two great big maple trees in my yard. Not sure what kind. How much syrup could I expect? How many taps? Both are over 3' in diameter that splits into 4 secondary trunks of 12-18" diameter.
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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6489797
03/13/19 03:11 PM
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That first pic sure looks like a silver maple from here, you can get syrup just a lot more water !

Re: Maple time [Re: Golf ball] #6489798
03/13/19 03:14 PM
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I don't think it's a silver, based on the leaves last summer/fall.


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Re: Maple time [Re: Pike River] #6489883
03/13/19 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Pike River
Does anyone here make there own pan for the evaporator?


Pike here is my set up and I'm just a piddler that makes few gallons for my self. Two 55 gallon drums for wood burner cookers. One has larger flat pan cut in I got at a restaurant auction. the other has two larger steam table Chaffing pans I also picked up at auction. Little bit of monkeying more I suppose than a fancy store built wood burner? But I go sit at my camper play with the fires in stoves almost constantly.. Drink a beer or two and just enjoy the quiet at the camper. Once get too Memorial day weekend it's not really quiet there again until after Labor day.

Here is pic of the one barrel with big pan 2016 set up.. couldn't find one with the barrel with double chaffing pan and both cookers running??? Probably on my other computer?

Pans and stove pipe was my only investment in this rest was all give me..
I believe some folks just cook right in a clean steel drum.

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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6489994
03/13/19 06:55 PM
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Like the pot of beans.


How low do you cut the stove pipe in?

Re: Maple time [Re: VH60] #6490016
03/13/19 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by VH60
I never made maple syrup before . I've been wanting to do it for a long time so this year on February 28 I tapped 10 trees . As of today I've made close to two gallons of the best tasting syrup I've ever had . I've got two pots boiling on the camp chef double burner stove right now and about ten more gallons of sap left in the cooler to process . It is NOT cost effective as I'm boiling with propane but it was a bucket list kinda thing .



Same here and I do it the same way and with the same burner. I made 19 pints this year. I'm in mid-west Arkansas and sapping has been over since the first week of Feb. Yes, propane is very expensive, but I sold enough at $20 a pint to pay for it.


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490030
03/13/19 07:31 PM
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Boiling some now. Very small time here. 3 pints so far.


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Re: Maple time [Re: amspoker] #6490106
03/13/19 08:28 PM
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Another 200 taps in today. We have about 100 trees we can't get to yet,maybe not this year if it does not melt down more. Tomorrow is our first collection run with about 320 trees to collect. Our gravity line we installed on about 100 trees was flowing so it will be interesting to see how this new venture works out.

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Re: Maple time [Re: Arkiefur] #6490184
03/13/19 09:22 PM
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Ate a full quart on pancakes etc . Coming up with new ways to use it . MAPLE JACK !

Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490466
03/14/19 07:31 AM
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Here in Lewis County NY , largest maple syrup producer in the state, I have a friend that I help out each spring. He started tapping last Sat..
He has 3000 trees on a tubing vacuuum system and he hangs another 5000 with buckets. They made 800 gallon last spring. NYs Maple weekend is March 23-24, various sugar bushes open to the public around the state. If you have never been to a commercial maple syrup operation, it fun to see how the pros do it. Vacuum systems and reverse osmosis machines.

Re: Maple time [Re: Squash] #6490711
03/14/19 12:11 PM
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8000 trees tapped and 800 gallons of syrup? Even at 40 to 1 that is 32,000 gallons of sap from 8,000 trees or 4 gallons of sap per tree. Are you sure of your numbers? Around here with 8000 trees most would yield about 1500 to 2500 gallons of syrup with that many trees. Especially with a vacuum system that typically gets more sap per tree or tap.

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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490720
03/14/19 12:22 PM
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Sap ran good for us yesterday / last night. Got ~33 gallons off of our 18 trees. Couple of them had 3-4 gallons. Couple of them have barely given up a gallon of sap thus far. Not tapping them next year. Finished 3 quarts this morning. Puts right at 2 gallons so far. Running 40 or so gallons of sap through the ro system right now.

Good luck to you all.


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490765
03/14/19 01:08 PM
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WE called our booze and maple syrup Maple Glow. Rdfx has tested It. LOL

WE checked our trees today. So far not much happening will most likely collect tomorrow.


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490864
03/14/19 03:33 PM
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How are you guys making this maple syrup booze?


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6490879
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Oops, guess I already hit the post reply button.

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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6491024
03/14/19 07:14 PM
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Just add syrup to your booze. You could start with ever clear no sense In ruining good sipping whiskey. LOL


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6491038
03/14/19 07:23 PM
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Well I was boiling up some sap and sipping some jack when the idea occurred to me . I added some of the day before syrup to the jack , thinned it out with some ice cold maple sap straight from the tree and a couple of ice cubes and presto Maple Jack , BRILLIANT !! or so I thought LOL > Hmmmmmm........ Ever Clear , I got some to add to ground castor to keep it from molding up . I'll have to try that with the syrup . The Gentleman Jack doesn't need anything . Thanks Beav !

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Re: Maple time [Re: Jerry Jr.] #6491053
03/14/19 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Jerry Jr.
This is our third year. I just dumped $500+ into setting up a reverse osmosis system. We boil on the stove so I guess it will pay for itself at some point.

Your kids will thank you! smile How is the rev osmosis system working out?


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Re: Maple time [Re: The Beav] #6491116
03/14/19 08:35 PM
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I just cooled down my wood fired evaporator. Made 1.5 gallons. That puts me at 3 1/4 gallons made to date.


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