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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1200 on: Mar 14, 2020, 11:48 AM »
Hes got a nice set up there Doug. 
 I had friends who had a monster evaporator and they use to produce barrels of syrup..  They cut and burn enough wood to heat a small town.. ;)
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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1201 on: Mar 16, 2020, 10:41 AM »
Good start.. ;D


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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1202 on: Mar 16, 2020, 10:48 AM »
Good start.. ;D



There you go, the dark stuff tastes the best!  Finished a batch yesterday, alot of sugar sand this year, filtering not fun!  :'(

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1203 on: Mar 19, 2020, 03:37 PM »
A good run yesterday, boiling tomorrow...a good way to socially isolate, not that I donít do that everyday...lol

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1204 on: Mar 19, 2020, 04:37 PM »
There you go, the dark stuff tastes the best!  Finished a batch yesterday, alot of sugar sand this year, filtering not fun!  :'(

   Yes dark is good.   ;D   And your right about the sugar sand.  And I ran it through a bunch of filters..   :-\
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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1205 on: Mar 19, 2020, 07:29 PM »
Brings back many memories. I made syrup,with a good friend for many years. We tapped 2800 trees that last year I was with him. He had a reverse osmosis setup that reduced the raw sap to an 8-1 concentrate before hitting a 5 x 10" arch fired from a natural gas well on the property.

It was a very social thing with neighbors and friends stopping in at any hour as we boiled 24-7. They brought home made wine, cider , food and company. The best was eggs hard boiled in the last pass of the arch with a glass of hard cider. On the side.

Haven't done that in 20 years.

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1206 on: Mar 20, 2020, 06:44 AM »
Stock up on your drive through beers boys because she ran all night and you will need them!😁🍺

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1207 on: Mar 20, 2020, 02:16 PM »
If you have enough sap, pull a gallon (or 5) at 24-28 Brix (or water some syrup down) and add some yeast and nutrients, make a nice maple wine. Just like making mead, but maple syrup tends to be more expensive than honey.

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1208 on: Mar 20, 2020, 05:29 PM »
If you have enough sap, pull a gallon (or 5) at 24-28 Brix (or water some syrup down) and add some yeast and nutrients, make a nice maple wine. Just like making mead, but maple syrup tends to be more expensive than honey.

That sounds awesome. 
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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1209 on: Mar 20, 2020, 06:52 PM »
I made a gallon and a quart today, but it took 63 gallons to get there...one more boil for me then itís on to cutting wood...the lack of snow makes for an early start on spring chores...

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1210 on: Mar 23, 2020, 06:25 AM »
I made a gallon and a quart today, but it took 63 gallons to get there...one more boil for me then itís on to cutting wood...the lack of snow makes for an early start on spring chores...

Cold weekend should reset your sugar content, best week of the year coming, firewood will wait one more week but I'm thinking the same thing about perfect year to get a jump on.😎

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1211 on: Mar 23, 2020, 06:43 AM »
My nephew boiled for the last time yesterday. He made about 100 gallons. Local sugar bush was up to 1400 gallons last week...h2l
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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1212 on: Mar 25, 2020, 07:26 PM »
Lots of sap...looks like a Friday and Saturday boil

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1213 on: Mar 26, 2020, 05:24 AM »
Lots of sap...looks like a Friday and Saturday boil

A buddy of mine in town who has 300 plus on natural vac said it looked like a faucet open yesterday,  even gravity was plinking along at better than a gpt.  Shaping up to be above average season which I totally didn't see coming with lack of snowpack.  Lot more sap to come.😎🍺

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1214 on: Mar 27, 2020, 10:30 AM »
Still making good syrup in the Belgradeís, I had my doubts on sugar content yesterday as I boiled, but finished of some real nice looking stuff this morning.


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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1215 on: Mar 27, 2020, 10:34 AM »
Nice. I have a small boil going on now.. ;D
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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1216 on: Mar 27, 2020, 12:57 PM »
Still making good syrup in the Belgradeís, I had my doubts on sugar content yesterday as I boiled, but finished of some real nice looking stuff this morning.

Nice!  I just never really got much of a drip going at all down here in Gray.  Got 3-4 gallons yesterday and if I can get that much again today I'll have at least enough to do a close to normal batch tomorrow, hopefully yielding a gallon or so.

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1217 on: Mar 27, 2020, 07:04 PM »
I made 2 gallons and a pint today...took 106 gallons to get there. Makes a little over 6 gallons for the season. Not much of a sap run today, might be all for me...weíll see

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1218 on: Mar 28, 2020, 06:50 AM »
Small batch from yesterday.  This is very thick and dark...    ;D


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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1219 on: Mar 30, 2020, 01:16 PM »
Syrup is definitely turning darker but still tasty.  I suspect one small boil mid week and then done.



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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1220 on: Mar 30, 2020, 03:46 PM »
Yep, short and (hopefully?) sweet season for me.  20 taps produced just shy of 30 gallons of sap from 2/23 until 3/28.  Ended up with 6 pints of pretty dark looking stuff and just crossing my fingers that I didn't take it too far and end up with crystals forming in the jars.  Ah well, there's always next year... :)

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1221 on: Mar 30, 2020, 03:55 PM »
Yep, short and (hopefully?) sweet season for me.  20 taps produced just shy of 30 gallons of sap from 2/23 until 3/28.  Ended up with 6 pints of pretty dark looking stuff and just crossing my fingers that I didn't take it too far and end up with crystals forming in the jars.  Ah well, there's always next year... :)

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Re: OT Maple Taps
« Reply #1222 on: Mar 31, 2020, 11:06 AM »
A $20 hydrometer is your best friend in this hobby,  takes away all the wondering.  @)
Had one but never took the time to figure out how to use it.  I don't think I've had problems once I started using a candy thermometer, just back in the early days when I was eyeballing it... :)

 



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