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Re: Sugar Maple!
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2015, 05:01:55 PM »
I checked with Kinney Sugerhouse supplies in Maine, and they have supplies for 'hobbiest' or home sugar makers...
(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with them in any way. I simply called them because I too was looking to find someone who sold small batch/home/hobbiest sugar supplies. I merely pass on the name for anyone interested in something similar).
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2015, 07:44:39 AM »
That sounds good. I got a kit with 12 taps from a supplier. I forgot which one. It was very inexpensive. I got the 5 quart buckets from Lowes at $1 each.  When it comes to maple trees, I envy those of you in the northeast. :) You have a guarenteed income with maple syrup!. I just don't envy the cold. LOL  My brother says that it is humanly impossible to live north of Tennessee.  We were born in Georgia. :)
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2015, 10:17:02 AM »
That sounds good. I got a kit with 12 taps from a supplier. I forgot which one. It was very inexpensive. I got the 5 quart buckets from Lowes at $1 each.  When it comes to maple trees, I envy those of you in the northeast. :) You have a guarenteed income with maple syrup!. I just don't envy the cold. LOL  My brother says that it is humanly impossible to live north of Tennessee.  We were born in Georgia. :)

Go ahead and think like that, but there are some years where the income is less than the expenses.  My grandfather tapped one year and boiled only once, and his brother did not even boil once.  All the expense of tapping and picking up with no to very little product to sell or enjoy.
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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2015, 04:05:42 PM »
I finally have the components to build my small scale evaporator....stay tuned!  ;)

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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2015, 07:21:35 PM »
I finally have the components to build my small scale evaporator....stay tuned!  ;)

Make sure to take lots of pictures and post them please!

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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2015, 07:24:13 PM »
I guess I missed the guarenteed part. I must of forgot to turn in my warrety card.  :D  The only thing we are guarenteed is that it will get cold.  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2015, 05:40:14 AM »
I guess I missed the guarenteed part. I must of forgot to turn in my warrety card.  :D  The only thing we are guarenteed is that it will get cold.  ;D
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« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2015, 05:53:10 AM »
You wont have to worry about steam being sticky I don't think. ;) My cousin and his family live 100 % off syrup and Christmas tree sales and cuts a small amount of wood. He doesn't have a very big sugar bush or much woods. Mostly Christmas tree farming.
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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2015, 10:25:22 AM »
You're right about not having a guarentee, (LOL)   but you will still have taxes. :) This has been an exceptional year though! I boiled a half a pint this morning before work. It is fun! Next year we are going to 24 taps. It will be a lot more walking every night but good exercise.
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« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2015, 11:21:19 AM »
Make sure to take lots of pictures and post them please!

I will. Hopefully they won't disapoint you! We are starting out pretty small!

Good luck DeerMeadowFarm!

Thanks!

I may not get to it this weekend, we are having a big sliding party on Saturday and we have a Mass for my mom at noon on Sunday; two years since she passed  :(

I don't want to hijack the thread so I started another post if you're interested how we do sliding at Deer Meadow Farm!
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=81186.new#new

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« Reply #30 on: February 05, 2015, 01:24:22 PM »
Sorry to hear about your mother.
We are still waiting for the first snow over about a half an inch. Sliding sounds fun!
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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2015, 11:35:32 AM »
Sorry to hear about your mother.
Thanks. I can't believe she's been gone this long.

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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2015, 04:18:48 PM »
 I haven't had to walk down that road yet and I'm not looking forward to it.
Happy sappin' and slidin'!
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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2015, 04:52:29 PM »
She lived a good life until the last few years when Dementia took it's toll on her. We still have my dad; 89 years old! I'm picking him up at the assisted living facility where he lives to spend the weekend with us. From our bedroom window he'll be able to watch the kids (both young and old) go sliding by! He used to always make a track at his house for his grandkids so he'll appreciate it!

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« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2015, 11:47:04 AM »
I am interested on seeing some pictures of this track. sounds awesome.

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« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2015, 03:11:30 PM »
If you want to see pictures of the tracks past, go back to reply #29 in this post and follow the yellow brick road, just follow the yellow brick road, aw nuts now I got that stupid song stuck in my head... LOL.

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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2015, 05:00:50 PM »
Maple syrup is at the correct density (66 Brix) when it boils at 7F above the boiling point of water.  Do not assume that water boils at 212F.  Boil some water and measure the temp with the same thermometer that you are using in the sap.  The boiling point of water changes with the barometric pressure, altitude, and anything else it wants, so you have to check it often.  Daily at least, more often if a front is coming through the area.   

Maple syrup will mold if it is less than 65 brix and will crystallize if more than 67.5 brix. 

Good luck to all and enjoy the fun of syrup making.
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« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2015, 07:11:28 PM »
Hi BBTom,
  What does Brix stand for. I'm still learning the art of finishing it.
   By the way...my wife told me that I'm going to be washing walls in the spring. LOL. My Daddy taught me to say, "You were right and I was wrong."  Next year I'll have a summer kitchen or sugar shack!
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« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2015, 01:27:59 PM »
Hi BBTom,
  What does Brix stand for. I'm still learning the art of finishing it

Go for the sugar shack



   By the way...my wife told me that I'm going to be washing walls in the spring. LOL. My Daddy taught me to say, "You were right and I was wrong."  Next year I'll have a summer kitchen or sugar shack!

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« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2015, 01:29:33 PM »
I can only guess how hard it would be to clean up the sticky mess on the ceiling


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