The OFFICIAL MAPLE SYRUP thread

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  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Ok, it's been a few years since I posted this, but here goes... HappySevenFarms post got me in the mood!

    So report all your activity and returns here... and of course, as always... pictures, pictures, pictures.

    We've still got a bit of time before we tap here, but I think it's going to be an early season this year. So... without further ado... here is my latest set up:
     
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    That looks great, I've never tapped sugar maples....so being completely new, I'm assuming the sap goes in the tray and then when boiled down out the spigot on the side? And it's heavy gage stainless? Be great to hear more about it, and the pics or really great.
     
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    All that wood in the stove....do you get a fire that's too big?
     
  4. HappySevenFarm

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    Last night we had vanilla ice cream with the syrup we made yesterday morning and it was YUM-O! Just little treats like this is probably why we all do this.
     
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    We tap a limited number of trees every second year. This is an "on" year, and I am going to try to boil down on a wood stove outside too. It's gotta beat the open fire, right?

    It's still too soon for us, despite the crazy warm double digit temperatures of today and yesterday, but it won't be long!
     
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    We tapped late last week.

    We had a good couple days and the first round looks to be in the neighborhood of eight gallons finished product.

    We've got 1500 taps out, now, and will probably add another 500 after this cold snap.
     
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    we have put in about 40 taps in the last couple of days. we got about 30 gal of sap and I am boiling right now. temps look to be good here for the next month.
     
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    I should be tapping in a couple of weeks. Looking foward to it.
     
  9. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Nope... no such thing that I've seen in evaporating.
     
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    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Nice! Never seen taps that low though. We tap high... can be lots of snow at the base of the trees most years.
     
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    I read somewhere that the closer to the ground you tap, the greater sap flow.

    We haven't had real snow during syrupping season in years..... but I certainly appreciate the logistics in your area. :)
     
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    Yesterday we got the first big snow of the year, 12 inches. The high temp today was 3 above. It will be awhile before I tap. I am looking forward to this as it will be my first year. And then there is Forerunner in a t-shirt while I shill have on long johns.

    Anybody have taps they want to sell, I still need to order some.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I will order those.
     
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    I boiled this morning and got a quart and a pint. We have a gallon and a quart of syrup so far. We had very adverse conditions this morning for Kentucky. 28 degrees, windy with blowing snow!
     
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    I was surprised when I got home that the sap ran yesterday and I collected 6 gallons. I would have boiled it down but I need to rig up a smaller finishing pan for small batches. With my set up I like to have at least 15 gallons to start.
     
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    about 15F and a foot of fresh snow... (which is our norm) Wednesday it was 60F. (not our norm).

    Been a weird winter so far.
     
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    It was 70 here on Tues. I got my sugar pit built. Today it's only 15 degrees, this next week is too cold for sap. I'm waiting for the next warm period then I'll tap.
     
  19. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    No sugaring here but I have this hanging on my wall. I love Grandma Moses.

    Sugaring Off
     
  20. HappySevenFarm

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    Lisa, that might be the only reason I would have against moving back to the St. Maries area! But I will say I loved it while I was there.