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Getting your drinking water from maple sap ??

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Fi-Q, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Fi-Q

    Fi-Q Feeling the Heat

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    I just hear of them on a radio show.... Looks like they won a bunch of prize with there water.

    I am not a fan , neither avertising bottle water, but I think reclaiming augar shack watse into a almost pure water is a good concept.
    Disclaimer: I am not related to this company at all but I touhth i shared cause I like the concept

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    Hmm, sounds tasty. Have you tried some?
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    i make maple syrup in the spring and i have tried the water and it tastes a little sweet and the syrup is Delicious ;)
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  5. Fi-Q

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    Nope, never tried it, it's like 6$ a bottle, I wouldnprobablly buy one just to try it, but I can't see that it would be mich diffrent than any other natural spring or filtered water
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    RO water with a drop of maple syrup. $.001/glass
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    In the spring when I am tapping trees our family uses a few gallons of the sap for making coffee and tea which gives both a very mild sweet flavor,also keep a gallon in the fridge just for drinking.
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    Mmmm d'erable
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    I was cutting up some Box Elder (in the Maple family) for my neighbor the other day and was amazed at the amt. of water that ran out. I tasted it and it was sweeter than any Sugar Maple sap I've tried. Could be another source. Anyone tried boiling it down?

    Ehouse
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    Someone's Elder syrup blog

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    According to Dragons Den, that stuff is suitable for cleaning paint brushes.

    *edit* It was the birch wine, not the syrup.
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    I knew a man who always tasted of the sap and he also judged when to pull the taps by the taste of the sap. I could not tell. For a good drink though when making syrup, I always loved to drink it when it was about 1/3 to 1/2 done. Really a good drink. I always drank it warm because I just dipped in the evaporator to get it. Not sure how it would be cold.

    As for making syrup from box elder, that is a type of maple but one could boil down sap from about any tree and get syrup. However, all would not taste so good... I've threatened to make some birch syrup one of these days but haven't done so yet.
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    Savage, If you have yellow birch that may be a good start. I've wondered if it would be good since it already has a wintergreen smell and taste.
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    Neat idea, but who wants to buy overpriced distilled water??
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    Maple flavoured overpriced distilled water. Now isn't that worth $6/bottle?
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    Unless it's +/- 80 proof, then I'm gonna go with 'no.'
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  18. Pallet Pete

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    Birch Beer Soda now thats the good stuff but only home made not that nasty imitation stuff with all the caffeine.

    Pete
  19. Fi-Q

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    They have a ccrazy demaand for the product in Asia. So I think that if 100% of the waste water frroom all yhe sugar Shack in North ameerica can be sold in asia at 6$/ bbottle, it is awesome !!!
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    Considering that it takes almost 50 litres of maple sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup, $6.00 a bottle of sap is a huge mark up. It would be cheaper to buy a litre of maple syrup for $10.00 and water it down.
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    Yellow birch would be good but we have none around here. When we lived a bit north of here there was lots.
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    Amen to Capitalism. If people are willing to pay, that's great. Wish I was the lucky SOB that came up with the idea!! Hope he/she is rolling in the dough!
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    Dennis, I used to lick the crystals on the ends of hickory splits. Best tasting sugar ever! It probably looked weird, but no one ever bothered me about.

    On second thought, who would bother a guy who looked like he was gnawing off the end of a log?
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    When we were doing maple syrup in the spring I would never bring any water out to the sugar bush, just drink the sap raw from the pails all day long. Tasted fresh, just a bit sweet and was always ice cold. It is true that the earlier sap is sweeter than the later runs, but we didn't stop syrup-ing based on the taste of the sap, just kept collecting 'till it stopped running.
    This is different than just the sap of course, as most of the sugars and about anything else would be removed by either the evaporation or more likely reverse osmosis process. Looks like a pretty damned slick idea. Turn your waste into profits. I wouldn't by it, but if I ran a syrup operation I'd sure as heck try to sell it!
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    It's interesting I sat down to hearth.com and this is one of the first stories to read tonight. I just had 100% pure birch syrup tonight on buttermilk pancakes. It is delicious! It tastes like a cross between blackberry syrup, maple syrup, and molasses, if I can give the flavor. I purchased an 8 oz size, but it was spendy. I got it here in Oregon at Roth's a couple months ago. I had to try it, and glad I did. If interested, its from the Alaska Birch Syrup Co., LLC in Wasilla, AK, the label says. There is even a website on the bottle www.alaskasyrup.com. I went to the website, and its a pretty neat website on their operation, very informative. They even sell birch jelly! Now that sounds good too! If any of you have birch trees, and you do the maple syrup thing, you should try doing birch syrup! If I had either maple or birch trees, I would make birch or maple syrup! I want to try Oregon Maple tree syrup here in Oregon, but can't find sufficient information to do so. There is a place in BC, Canada that does Oregon Maple syrup, so I'll have to investigate that later.
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