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Hey syrup tappers #7193310
02/23/21 11:33 AM
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Is it too early?
Its supposed to be at or near 40 and below freezing at night all week.
just

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7193317
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I am tapping Thursday. I should have already started but I procrastinate. Getting everything cleaned up and ready now.

How many trees are you tapping? I plan on tapping about 45.


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7193343
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7 walnut trees in the yard.
Wish it was maple but none on this property.
just

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7193573
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I just tapped today. 10 trees. It's just barely running now. 40 and cloudy here. Question, I have one big maple that I tapped last year that really produced, the sap is brown this year. The sap wood was white where I drilled the holes. What causes this? I did dump it out so hopefully it clears up. Also, is it alright to tap a tree that has old fence wire in it?
Mike

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I started yesterday and had just a little bit of sap today. Wasn’t even worth emptying the bucket. With the weather we are having, they will be flowing soon,


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7193604
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Starting Fri. Only about 50 buckets myself but buy a couple of hundred from 2 neighbors.

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7193954
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We are getting buckets, lids, tubs out by our trees and along the trails. We won't be tapping for several days for two reasons. We needed a snowmobile to pack down the trails and can get through most areas, but snow in the woods is 12-30 inches deep and carrying sap out in buckets will not go well until the warmer temps shrink the snow down several inches. We also are looking at several nights around 20 or a tad lower and that freezes in the buckets and that is not good for our system. We will have 100-200 trees we won't tap until we lose quite a bit more snow.

Bryce

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: scrapper] #7193979
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Originally Posted by scrapper
I just tapped today. 10 trees. It's just barely running now. 40 and cloudy here. Question, I have one big maple that I tapped last year that really produced, the sap is brown this year. The sap wood was white where I drilled the holes. What causes this? I did dump it out so hopefully it clears up. Also, is it alright to tap a tree that has old fence wire in it?
Mike


Mike, did it happen to rain there and maybe that was run off from the tree? I have had that happen before.

I tapped about 40 trees today. More tomorrow. Just going to make a small amount this year, enough for family and friends. Not even going to fire up the RO.



Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7194227
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I have 75 taps out so far and will collect for the first time tonight.

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7194307
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Volunteering this year to help a local group with syrup. March 6th is tap day and see how it goes. Has been 20 years since I tapped a tree, did it with my Grand Pa and Dad back then. Good memories.

Dave


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: Alex the dog] #7194322
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I am farther south than anyone that has posted so far. I tapped Sunday and only 3 tree's. I have collected 2 days and have 10gal. of sap. I can only boil down on the weekends, so I don't want much more that 25 ~ 30 gal. at a time.

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7194323
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aka just walnut makes good syrup.


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Originally Posted by LCoutdoorsman333
aka just walnut makes good syrup.

Never had walnut syrup, but I have a lot of walnut trees I could tap. How many gallons of sap does it take to make a gallon of syrup?


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: trapperjdb] #7194353
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Originally Posted by trapperjdb
Originally Posted by LCoutdoorsman333
aka just walnut makes good syrup.

Never had walnut syrup, but I have a lot of walnut trees I could tap. How many gallons of sap does it take to make a gallon of syrup?


It should be about the same as maple ( 40-50 gallons). Birch and sycamore will be closer to 100 gallons.


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: trapperjdb] #7194366
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Originally Posted by trapperjdb
Originally Posted by LCoutdoorsman333
aka just walnut makes good syrup.

Never had walnut syrup, but I have a lot of walnut trees I could tap. How many gallons of sap does it take to make a gallon of syrup?


Dunno. Tried it first time last year. Made a baby food jar (that's 4 oz) from 1 tree. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 gallon. Its sweet and doesn't taste like walnuts.
just

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Information I have reviewed shows that sugar content of walnut sap is similar to or only slightly less then maple sap but that the walnut trees only produce half or even less the sap of maple trees and thus why one gets much smaller production. The syrup is however very much desired if one has commercial options.

Bryce

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Thank you for the replies.


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Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: goldnut] #7194560
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Goldnut, It rained a day or to before. It's running clear today. Not sure what went on, lol.

Re: Hey syrup tappers [Re: AKAjust] #7199991
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walnut is close to maple in amount needed more like tapping red maple then sugar so little more needed.they don't run as much sometimes. but the taste is very similar and you prob can't tell the difference much. just do it the same way you would maple and you should be fine. birch is where it doesn't work exactly the same.


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Biggest question on whether to tap walnut- is it worth it to bore holes in a tree that potentially could be worth a load of money in the veneer market?

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