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Author Topic: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup  (Read 10513 times)

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2007, 12:19:55 PM »
Fell to sleep in the recliner , eh? ;)
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2007, 01:49:59 PM »
I...uh,  got tied up with some important business.  Or at least thats my excuse.  I always set an alarm so I come upstairs to check it regularly.  THis time I stepped outside...for just a second.  Well that turned into 45 minutes and you know the rest.  Now I don't leave the vicinity without turning burners off, and I still set an alarm to check it regularly.

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2007, 08:21:55 PM »

Living out west I have never seen a sugar maple.
I have heard that you can tap a Birch. How do you know when it is time? How deep a hole and how do you plug it afterwards to keep bugs out?

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You tap when the nights are below freezing and the days warm just above freezing.  You drill the holes about an inch under the bark.  A healty tree will heal over the hole in one summer.

Yes you can tap birch (black/sweet birch I believe) but you need more sap to make a gallon of syurp.

Concerning costs.  I made an evaporator out of an big old stainless steel sink (free).  Built a hearth around it with stone/mud and used a piece of old stovepipe for a chiminey (free).  I brought taps/plastic tubing at local hardware store and collect into pickle buckets I get for free.  Use my old 9N ford with a new plastic garbage can(s) mounted on the 3 pt. to collect/store the sap. For fuel I use scrap wood from spring cleanup and let it boil down as I'm pruning the fruit trees.  I put up the syurp in canning jars I get for free when I buy spagetti sauce.  Not high tech or high volume but cheap.  Have not made any the last few years as I've still quarts left from the last run  ;D

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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2007, 11:19:18 PM »
Tony_T,

If you get overstocked, let me know and I can take care of the stuff that is past the use-by-date on  the label 8).
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #44 on: April 04, 2007, 08:11:55 PM »
Ya'll better watch out fer da Maple Sugar Po-Lice. ;D
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Re: The True Cost of Making Maple Syrup
« Reply #45 on: April 05, 2007, 08:40:48 AM »
That was a totally uninformative news article. 

What are the new standards?  is it 65.5, 66 or  66.5 Brix (% solids)?   

I thought it was controlled by USDA at 66 Brix minimum.
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