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Tree tapping question #7165347
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Does it make any difference which side of the tree is tapped?
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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165348
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Yes the sides with sun exposure will usually flow the best.


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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165352
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I don't think so, I pick the side that best accommodates the bag.

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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165353
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My 10 yrs experience says no. Old timers (me) tap above a large exposed root or below a large limb.
Then again I only do maybe 80 gallons of syrup per year. Google Maple Trader. Much info.

Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165358
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I've done a little bit of tree tapping and no I don't believe the side you tap on makes a difference but I could be wrong. Usually one side will be better simply because the ground is flatter to place the bucket because the bucket can tip over and all your sap can spill out (I know from experience lol). But I think the size diameter of the tree makes a difference, and most importantly the size of the canopy. In other words how many leaves and branches it has. Also, be sure to look out for tree that have a lot of dead branches up top. Avoid using those. You want to look for healthy trees with broad canopies and lots of buds. Those will be your biggest producers.

Re: Tree tapping question [Re: mudtracker] #7165384
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Originally Posted by mudtracker
Yes the sides with sun exposure will usually flow the best.

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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165389
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I have never done this, but do have a couple of good sized maples in my yard...how many trees/taps would one need to get enough sap to make a gallon of syrup, roughly?

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Iíve done about a gallon of syrup with 6 taps. Two taps per tree.


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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7165395
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25-50 ballpark. Depends on sugar content. For a few trees you may want to place sap in a jug, maple empty milk carton and place in freezer until you have enough to boil. My son does this for two taps. Works for him. Like trapping have fun.

Re: Tree tapping question [Re: seiowatrapper] #7165421
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Originally Posted by seiowatrapper
I have never done this, but do have a couple of good sized maples in my yard...how many trees/taps would one need to get enough sap to make a gallon of syrup, roughly?


Depending on sugar content about 40 gallons of sap to one gallon of syrup. If you have sugar maples you'll be closer to that ratio. I've had friends that do sap for themselves and it's not hard to get 40 gallons of sap with a handful of taps, when it's running good buckets can fill fast.

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But you can get a full gallon of Mrs. Butterworth's for like $12. laugh

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The out side of course. wink

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yes we always figured 40-1

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Originally Posted by mudtracker
Yes the sides with sun exposure will usually flow the best.

what he said.


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Originally Posted by Sprung & Rusty
The out side of course. wink

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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
But you can get a full gallon of Mrs. Butterworth's for like $12. laugh


You would use that crap?


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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7166146
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Can you get the sap from hard maple trees .thought I might try it.

Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7166149
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The south facing side of the tree is where you want to place your tap.
It's best to place it right under a limb as well, this in theory will provide you more sap flow.


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Re: Tree tapping question [Re: AKAjust] #7166154
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Heres a couple of my older videos that show the process of making maple syrup. Even though the videos aren't the best, I still believe they provide decent info.




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