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Old Apr 2, 2013, 10:08 pm   #1
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I have thoroughly enjoying my first season in the sugar shack so far and here is my first real batch of syrup, about a pint over a gallon...
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 2:22 am   #2
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Looks like heaven to me Blake. Good job!
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Looks yummy and it will taste even better knowing that you made it.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 4:21 pm   #4
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That is outstanding! I think that would last me and my family well over a year. Makin me crave some french toast!
I know it takes 40 or 50 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup, but how many trees would you say you tapped to make that?
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 7:45 pm   #5
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Thanks for the comments everyone! Im havin a blast.... Picked up a steamer pan today and im boiling down more sap right now!

Jthorn- depending on what kind of trees youre tapping it doesnt always take that much sap to make a gal. Of syrup. That gallon of syrup in the picture was probably only 25 gal of sap. I have 6 trees tapped, all have 2 taps per tree except one... so 11 buckets with snap fitting lids and are hose fed, and they are all sugar maples which provide the highest sugar content out of the maple trees. That helps out alot to have the sugar maples... The red and silver maples have lower content and ive heard they can make a cloudier syrup... But with proper filtration im sure that could be remedied.

The sap flow was very slow to start this year because of the cold temps which helped me out because it allowed me a trial run with 6 gal of sap which made a quart of syrup...and found it to be quite easy. Over the last week ive collected probably 45 or more gallons of sap and its getting to be a full time job!
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Old Apr 5, 2013, 8:16 pm   #6
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Quite a difference in color on these two batches. This sap sat for a little while before I could get to it... Im not sure if i remember correctly but i think that's what happens when it sits longer. Got 3 pints of this dark batch i cooked wednesday night. did a pancake and sausage breakfast yesterday to try it out... flavor is great!!!
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 5:16 pm   #7
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Here's the second batch. Right at a gallon pretty much. I still have one more batch to cook down. I have 20+ gal of sap here at the house, and if my buckets are full at the taps, another 21 gal to bring back.

I am pulling my taps/gear tomorrow morning. Will be cooking down sap tonight and tomorrow all day. hoping to finish the last batch tomorrow!

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That should go well with some nice waffles.

I've seen Boxelders tapped for sap as well, not sure what the yield for them is.
Boxelders are also known as Ash-leaved Maples and are the weedy member of the maple family.
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 2:22 am   #9
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yeah the box elders have a low sugar content and takes quite a bit of sap to make the syrup. I hear it can be more than 40 gal of sap to gal of syrup with them. I have a big box elder that unleashes million of seeds on my lawn every year... it's really annoying, seems like those things dont ever stop producing seeds!

I have a killer recipe for homemade Belgian waffles. if any of you still eat waffles from a box mix... STOP!! I will give the recipe, you can make a batch, and freeze the extras for toaster reheats. They are unbelievable!!

I will say... I'm glad the sap is done for the season! It takes too long on the propane turkey fryers to boil down sap. I will be working on a wood burning evaporator over the year for next years run!
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