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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?


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 »

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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