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Anyone Planning on Sugaring this spring?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Augie, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Augie

    Augie Feeling the Heat

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    So Im going to tap a couple of dozen trees I have access to..... I would like a few gallons of Syrup.


    Anyone do this yet or doing this?
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  2. yooperdave

    yooperdave Minister of Fire

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  3. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    My family used to do it every year. I still like the dark smokey stuff we'd end up with from our maples that aren't sugar maples better than any store bought out grade a clear syrup. it was just a pain how much sap we needed to pick up to get enough. We'll still do it occasionally, but our syrup consumption has declined and we still have leftovers. Well maker more when we need it.
  4. ScotO

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    I'm hoping to do some, but it isn't looking good. Just too much to do on my house project.
    I usually put out around 100 taps, this year I was aiming to do double that......but I also planned on having my house buttoned up, too.
    I boiled off somewhere around 1000 to 1200 gallons of sap last year (22 gallons or so of syrup in the end), should've had a lot more cause that was only over the course of 3 and a half miserable weeks. Lost almost half of that syrup because the sap spoiled on the last week......turned out really sour.
    I still have around 20 gallons of syrup put up in the basement, so I have plenty to get by another year or 5....but I love to make the stuff, lots of great memories for the kids too.

    I'll see what the weather brings this coming weekend. I may do a handful of taps (40-50) if I can pull it off with the wife (don't you dare tell her either), I'm itching to get that evaporator out and ready to go........
  5. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    previous years' operations here at our place....

    2012-03-03_13-37-17_445.jpg 2012-02-12_12-19-14_543.jpg 2012-02-25_12-23-57_702.jpg 2012-02-24_17-46-47_219.jpg Maple syrup, spring 2009 (2).JPG 100_1407.JPG 100_1408.JPG 100_2270.JPG 2012-02-12_12-19-14_543.jpg 100_2295.JPG
  6. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Wishlist is getting ready too very soon ! He has a really nice new boiler.

    Pete
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  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I'm willing to help with leftovers! PM if you have them.
  8. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Looking at the long range forecast, our taps are going to get placed at the end of this week.

    pen
  9. Augie

    Augie Feeling the Heat

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    I am looking at this week as well, Temps Look to be beginning to climb steadily,
  10. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Sadly no, won't be making any. Not enough maples at this place.
    I miss everything about it every year at this time. Back on the farm my dad, grampa & I (later) used to do anywhere from 30-100 taps. Old school style: Holes drilled with a brace & bit, iron spiles, open pails collected on foot, boiling down on a big, hungry field-stone & mortar arch with a rusty steel pan. The sugar shack was made from the salvaged timbers of an old pig barn.
    The modern equipment in the outfit was a '60's era Pioneer chainsaw (w manual oiler), a '60s era Ski-Doo to get to & from the sugar bush, plastic pails and a flashlight for night boils. Otherwise it coulda been the 19'th century out there :cool:.
    Nothing better for shaking the winter blahs than a sunny day spent splitting wood, feeding the fire, collecting sap & sampling the syrup.
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