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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2011, 09:11:54 PM »
Warbird , you gotta tap the ear on corn to get the sap out .   The best stuff from corn is corn squezzins . It takes a bunch of evaporating also .   ;D


Do any of you guys use the new anti siphon spiles?  I heard that they will extend the sap run by a week or so.
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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2011, 08:52:12 PM »
I haven't tried them but am considering it. I am planing to log my sugarbush this summer so will be installing all new tubing system ( hopefully with vacuum ) when I am done.
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« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2011, 09:59:32 PM »
Well the taps got pulled this evening and the frogs are croaking the season of sapping is over I will have 14 gallons when I am done boiling.  :D   I run A low budget just for fun syruping operation. but I enjoy it. ;D ;D 

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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2011, 10:06:55 PM »

 No matter how low budget the outfit is , its all good stuff in the end. Did you take a few pics of you " low budget out fit " . We have, at my dads , a very low budget outfit  ;D :D , Still it makes great sugarin'  :)
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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2011, 05:42:40 AM »
I don't do it too often here, but a bit and brace (they sure are getting expensive) ::) , metal spile, pale and a stove top is pretty low budget. ;D My yellow birch hasn't woke up yet to tap. ;) :D

Frogs??? They have a while yet to thaw out. :D
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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2011, 07:36:19 AM »
I put a fire under my stove yesterday for the first time. My operation is on a north face and only 50 taps this year. My lines run into a barrel and I ignore it for days at a time. I'm guessing about a third of a barrel of sap when it runs and over the last 10 days I have accumulated 2 barrels. The two week forecast shows daytime in the double digits and not freezing in the night so the season will soon be over. The fields are mostly clear of snow and soon only shaded areas will show signs of winter so summer is definitely coming.
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« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2011, 09:45:42 AM »
The first sign of warming up is coming mid next week, 50 and 60's. There is still snow covering most fields around here. Been real slow melt. Only had 6" of snow in over a month. That is all gone, but even in front of the house is still with snow, so you can tell it's not real warm because south sides of buildings really are a lot warmer than open places. I still have some deep drifts blown in off the fields which will be here until May I recon unless it gets warm and sustainable, not a 3 day stint and back to 30's low 40's. ::)  It's been dipping to teens and twenties here at night. Last year the snow was all gone by now pretty much.
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« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2011, 08:58:54 PM »
C'est vraiment Bon! 8)
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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2011, 07:28:04 AM »
Much less damage to the trees with the newer style taps. Someone has a wicked accent.   ;D At least you don't eat grits.  :D Low budget? I just had a neighbor give me a pint. He does not even have a roof over his. Just a stainless steel kettle and a pile of wood. But it sure does taste good. I just went to a small extension education about tapping red maple.This is just about all the owner had for trees.Taste differant,but still good. Neighbor was down talking about a roof.Where I went the guy just had some old tin for a roof and sides and just left some room on the sides on top to let the steam out. This was all just for small scale. The scale that you bring it inside to finish it off,2-3 gallons for your own use.
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Re: Maple Sugaring in Vermont
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2011, 10:04:56 AM »
Lots of people in my area tap both Red Maples and Sugar Maples. The sugar content is lower in the Red Maple, so you'll have more boiling to do. Also, the Reds bud earlier, so your run will be shorter.

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