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 Post subject: Maple syrup?
PostPosted: 11 Mar 2015, 20:15 
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Hoping someone here does this.. Im very interested in making maple syrup. I think ive got the basics as far as gear and use but.. What kind of trees should i tap? Ive been told sugar maple but just any sugar maple or is there a certain age etc or anything to look for or not look for? Gramps did it and i barely remember it and of course i was too stupid to commit it to memory. We dont have any commercial operations around here and i cant find anyone that still does this. No information is too little.. My nephew found some stuff on YouTube but it was more confusing as most contradicted the next guy. Thanks for any help.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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The warmer days of March is an excellent time to tap maple trees. Sugar maple is the best tree to tap because they have the highest sugar content. Black maple is a close second then Norway maple. Silver maple has the least sugar content. You can still make syrup but the lower the sugar content the more sap you need.

The "taps" are the platsic hoses sticking out of the tree. Instead of using the traditional bucket and spigot method, I found this to be a cleaner way of doing things. First, I drill a 3/8" hole into the tree about 2.5" into the tree drilling at a slight angle as it faces down.

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Then the plastic hoses are inserted into the tree and a 3/8" hole is drilled into the cap of the milk jugs. The cap is not screwed on tight so it does not become airlocked. If it becomes airlocked, the sap will not flow into jugs. The reason for using milk jugs with caps keeps dirt, leaves and if it becomes warm enough, bugs out of the sticky sap.

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This is all you need for collecting maple sap.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
PostPosted: 11 Mar 2015, 20:46 
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No idea how to do it back but I sure as [L] know how to use it. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
PostPosted: 11 Mar 2015, 22:07 
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Thank you very much TR! That helped a lot. TT its so expensive here i wanna give making our own a shot. Plus the doc tells me its much healthier. I use the artificial in my bbq sauces, baked beans etc too besides flap jacks n waffles etc. when ive made the sauces with the real stuff it tastes so much better but at $15+ a quart..

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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Glad I can help Back. I will tell you that it takes about 35 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup but when it's running fast, like it is now, a gallon of sap is easy to get. When boiling sap the boiling point is around 112 degrees, when it gets up to 118 degrees, it's officially syrup. It's not like your store bought commercial crap, it's and runny but the best tasting stuff you'll ever try!

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Glad I can help Back. I will tell you that it takes about 35 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup but when it's running fast, like it is now, a gallon of sap is easy to get. When boiling sap the boiling point is around 112 degrees, when it gets up to 118 degrees, it's officially syrup. It's not like your store bought commercial crap, it's and runny but the best tasting stuff you'll ever try!


I lucked out and got a jug of PURE PENNSYLVANIA MAPLE SYRUP in the mail last year and am still using a little at a time to make it last. I can vouch that it isn't anything like the commercial stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
PostPosted: 12 Mar 2015, 22:32 
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More good info, greatly appreciated TR. Hoping to tap a few trees tomorrow morning. Real maple syrup is awesome Swamp i agree. Just no comparison to the sugar water sold from factories.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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We're thinking about tapping in tomorrow, but the forecast says a high of -3 next week here, so we may hold off another week. We're scared this season could be pretty quick

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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59 here.. 74 forecasted for monday. Guess our seasons quick too?

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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I made your setup today, simple &easy. thanks for sharing


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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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Ok, probably a dumb question but.. Do Different age trees have a big difference in output? We've tapped 7 trees. 3 are 15" across, other 4 are about 20" across. One smaller one quit flowing. We had to redo a few taps but they've been collecting for a solid 36 hours and counting the one that quit(its still dribbling a few drops a minute) weve got abou3 1/2 gallons of sap. Is that a normal amount? Or did we miss the window here? Its 70 and daytime highs are supposed to stay near that?

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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Sap flows much better between 40 and 55 degrees. Tree size shouldn't matter but the smaller tree should be tapped less.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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Thanks TR. They changed the forecast a little. We may quit later in the week and try again a little earlier next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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From the sap people who I talked to say the bigger the tree the more yield. Temps are a key factor in harvest. MN sap is far the best I have ever tasted. Its the only syrup I use when smoking fish. I have one 16 ounce jar left and will keep it like gold. I need Trapper Al to start producing that liquid gold.


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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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do not boil it in the kitchen , especially if you have wallpaper on the walls! found that out the hard way, steamed half the kitchen down! also if you fall asleep with a pan on the stove the smoke detectors will wake you up, but it will be days before you can get the smell out of the house! and the pan it was in will be ruined!!

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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try taping your trees obove the largest roots, dont just drill a hole, look at the base of the tree you,ll see what I mean


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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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also try to tap the side of the tree where the sun hits the most

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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We started tapping in yesterday, and we will do the bulk of our tapping on Tuesday night. Probably have about 100-120 out this season

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I collect sap in a small cooler from the containers.

Then, it's collected in a bigger cooler.

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The boiling process begins which takes a while.

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Once the temperature reaches about 118 degrees, it becomes maple syrup. This is approximately 9 gallons sap sap in the jar.
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That was worth looking at twice. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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I agree with TT and did look twice. We tried and failed lol. But next spring we'll try again. After we boiled ours down we got about 1/2 a quart jar. We're saving it for breakfast next weekend after a night catfishing. Already told the kids if you dont stay up and dress fish then ya dont get àny lol. Which brother has 7 kids and 3 of mine are going so it wont go far anyhow, lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Maple syrup?
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We just finished tapping all our trees in this evening, we are hoping we can boil it Friday night

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