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Maple Syrup
« on: January 12, 2015, 06:46:32 PM »
Anybody doing maple syrup in the East? I did some like 20 years ago and I now have some property with some big Sugar Maples. I cant remember last week let alone 20 years ago and was wondering when it should start which I know is weather dependent. end of February and can u wait to finish the last of the boil process? I have a camp at the property but no range hood. I will do the bulk of the boiling outside but to finish it off I am hoping to bring it back home. say the next day. can u do that?

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 07:02:54 PM »
Boil it down and can it or freeze it . then when you have enough do a finish batch . Just don't hold it without preserveing it . Don't hold the sap very long the bactiera starts to grow guickly { blue or purple color to sap ] and lowers quality . Gearbox
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 07:21:45 PM »
thanks gerarbox! I have a freezer at the camp, so boil it down  throw it in the freezer and finish it off at home?

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 08:54:25 PM »
We'll be getting ready to start thinking about tapping near the end of February.
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2015, 06:13:54 AM »
Chuck, how long is your season down there on average? 4-6 weeks?

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2015, 11:45:50 AM »
Last year sugaring only lasted a month, but typically it will last 6-10 weeks!

Just depends on the weather!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 01:26:44 PM »
Mmmmmmmmm, Maple. digin_2 sketti_1 food6
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2015, 05:18:45 PM »
We got our evaporator set up today!

All we lack now is a little milder weather and lots of sap!
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2015, 07:55:41 PM »
   I've never made any maple syrup but just this morning I had some on pancakes with some venison sausage on the side, good way to start on a cold day.
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2015, 06:12:54 AM »
Is this going be a early year for you Chuck?

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2015, 10:37:26 AM »
Right now, we're tentatively looking at the end of Feb, 1st week in Mar for tapping the trees.

Once they're tapped, it's usually an everyday, all day thing until it's over, unless we get a cold spell where sap don't run (like last year), then we have to keep a fire in the sugarhouse wood-stove to keep everything from freezing up.
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2015, 11:56:30 AM »
If you plan to be doing much finishing off inside the house on the stove be prepared to do some major cleaning of the ceiling! lol The last year that l did much with it l finished all of my syrup in the house as l had a little smaller and more of a back woods setup than l should have. It lead to a very expensive cleaning bill and many hours on ladder scrubbing the ceiling! l recommend using a propane burner and setting up outside, or even in the garage...
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2015, 04:14:07 PM »
I think I have made up my mind to finish off outside.

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2015, 07:28:11 PM »
The wife finished ours off inside. But we only did it small scale. The most we had was a quart at one time. Most times we only had a pint. We would bring it up to 212°outside,which is close,and than bring it inside for the finish part. Most times 15-20 minutes it was done. I posted pictures of my set up ouside. It was mighty rough,but worked.
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2015, 07:37:02 PM »
I've used the turkey cooker with a 5 gallon stainless steel stock pot in the garage to get some close to finished and then finished it off on the kitchen stove. 
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2015, 12:32:06 PM »
that's a nice set up the cfarm

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2015, 07:42:21 PM »
we'll be tapping mid feb this year, which is usual for us. Had a few days that sap could have run but we're not tapped yet. really cold spell now so forecast is right for Valentines day.

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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2015, 11:50:34 AM »
We're anticipating tapping the week of 2-6 of March.

We have around 1,200 taps, all on pipe-line!
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2015, 01:12:33 PM »
Almost no tapping in Highland County yet this season. It's been way too cold. The previous three years were the complete opposite.
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Re: Maple Syrup
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2015, 05:47:49 AM »
next week they are calling for temps of 32f-35f in the day and 23f in the night.


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