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Sugar Maple!
« on: January 19, 2015, 03:56:21 PM »
Hey Folks,
   We tapped 11 trees Saturday the 17th and have already got 20 gallons of sap. That will boil down into about 4 pints of maple syrup! I'm going to leave as many sugar maples as I can! We live in Tennessee, so you have to tap them earlier. Ours will quit flowing by the 20th of February.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 04:49:47 PM »
When I contacted a forester to help write our forestry plan, we discovered a small "sugar bush" on the property. One of the plans is to manage that area and begin tapping as well. I can't wait!  ;D

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 05:31:09 PM »
The absolute best cup of coffee in the world... Use maple sap straight from the tree in place of water in the old drip coffee makers ... it's the perfect mellow sweetness and a hint of milk is to die for... You will never go back
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 07:56:53 AM »
You are right addysdaddy about drinking the sap straight. I will try that about the coffee! When we are boiling it, we can't keep the kids out of it when it is about half strenght.  ;DIt is better than soft drinks ever thought about being.
  I agree DeerMeadowFarm, any forestry plan should include the sugar! It is about $20 a quart and fun too! 8) Twelve taps are working us pretty hard. LOL
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 08:01:16 AM »
I did it last year. The wife and I had a great time doing it. I wanted to build her a small scale sugar shack,but did not get it done. That is on the list.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 09:19:44 AM »
What are you guys using for an evaporator for small scale like this?

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 09:34:47 AM »
This is what was posted last year.
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,73175.0.html

I think I posted about building the wife a stove,but never did it. I really would like to get all that done for her,us. We really had a fun time collecting and boiling. Need a building to get us out of the weather.

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 11:55:02 AM »
thecfarm, how long will the frozen sap last? I am planning on doing some this year at my camp and will only get down on weekends. I was planning on doing what you did with the pop bottles.

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 03:41:26 PM »
cbla,I have no idea. All this maple was,is,a new experiece for me. But I would think a couple weeks,month would be fine. But what do I know!! I think I filled soda bottles and than cut the top off and put what was froze into some we had boiling. It does take some freezer space to keep it too. One thing I did not do,and would not do,is put any plastic container in the sap to hurry the melting part. Plastic is not good to heat in. You would not want to ruin a batch with a plastic taste.That is why I would let them melt for a while and than cut the top off. I don't know if the above link mentioned to have another pan on the heat part to warm any sap up in. This way when it is poured into the boiling pan,it is quite warm all ready. This is all small scale sapping at it's best.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 05:14:43 PM »
I was thinking about that. (ie a warming pot and boiling pot) How hard do you think it would be to finish it off outdoors? I do not have a range hood in the camp and don't want sticky steam over everything. do you use a thermometer?

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 05:49:21 PM »
Yes,on the thermometer,a digital one. Seem like $10-15. But the mositure did it in.But we got a season out of it.We tried a candy one,but too hard to read.It takes a while to get it up to 212. Than we would bring it inside to finish it off. Most times we never had more than a quart. I put a piece of wire onto the digital thermometer to hang onto. I forgot what we brought the temp up to,216??? Have to be careful with the temp,can make candy real easy. There is some steam on the finish part,but nothing like when you are trying to boil the water out of it. We could of done it outside,just easier inside to do it. I had it pretty close a few times outside. If you are concerned about the moisture inside,just finish it off outside. I used a much smaller pan when I finished it off. Somewheres on the link that I posted,someone said, As long as it taste good to you,so what? It is not like we are selling it. There are things that can be brought,at a price,that makes the sapping easier,but more costly. I tried to keep it on the fun and the cheap side. I have no need,nor can I afford, to spend $300 on a gallon of syrup.  :D
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 04:39:37 AM »
 :D nor can I. thanks

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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2015, 10:26:58 AM »
Hey DeerMeadowFarm,
   We use two big stainless boilers. We heat with wood, so we put about five gallons on the stove in the big boiler.
When it gets to about half strength, we move it to the kitchen stove to finish it. We have made two quarts from 25 gallons already, so we got it a little too strong, but it sure is good!
    We bought a propane burner to do it in the shop with the door open for moisture, but this time of year our house could use the moisture. LOL
   The trees are ready in Tennessee a loooonnnnggg time before they are ready in Nova Scotia! LOL
Next year I'm going to tap them on January 12th instead of the 17th.
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Re: Sugar Maple!
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2015, 12:19:27 PM »
thecfarm, how long will the frozen sap last? I am planning on doing some this year at my camp and will only get down on weekends. I was planning on doing what you did with the pop bottles.
We used 5 gal pails and on a good day they would over flow. Forget the pop bottles, get your self some plastic taps that they use on pipe line systems and some hose and use a clean garbage can to collect larger volume of sap..

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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2015, 12:48:50 PM »
Remle, In my application I will only be able to boil on one day ( probably Saturday night) then I wont be back down until the next weekend. I was thinking of using thecfarm's method of freezing the unused sap in pop bottles until the next chance at boiling, I wouldn't be using the pop bottles for the collection.

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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2015, 10:35:07 AM »
We boiled 2 quarts and put them in the refrigerator. But now there is only just over 1 quart. I think it must be evaporating. I'm sure that our 7 kids have not had any. :) :D
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2015, 05:46:25 PM »
I think it must be evaporating. I'm sure that our 7 kids have not had any. :) :D

Maybe you have a Little Green Man like I had here.  :D
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2015, 03:37:33 PM »
Awesome thread. Thank you for all the great ideas...
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« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2015, 08:45:16 PM »
If you boil too much inside the walls of the house will be sticky. :D :D :D
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2015, 07:48:03 AM »
Thanks for the heads up about boiling too much inside!
Boy, this has been a great year so far. The tempetatures have been perfect on the plateau here in Tennessee.
It has been in the low 20's at night and going up to about 40-50 in the daytime.
We usually get five gallons from 11 trees.
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