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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2014, 11:22:42 PM »

Tapped 10 maples today and all were dry.  The wood wasn't even damp.  Bags are hangin though now, so hoping for it soon.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2014, 09:08:02 PM »

Got 30 taps in yesterday (Friday) and about 1/3 of them were wet as I drilled. Not much running yet, but we'll see what Sunday and Monday bring with the warmer temps.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2014, 03:09:56 PM »

Checked trees today at 2:30 pm:
Sap running very light, not even 1/2 gal out of 10 taps but it is dripping!
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2014, 10:40:30 AM »

Put out 9 taps Sunday.  One dripping.  I put 3 taps in the tree that was dripping only that tap dripped.  South side of tree.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2014, 08:49:33 PM »

All 10 trees dripping today.  One had almost a quart, the rest had probably less than a pint, but no dry holes so it's a waiting game now!
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2014, 09:08:14 PM »

checked a couple last nite and they were still dry
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2014, 01:37:58 PM »

I checked 10 trees today at 1 PM, as soon as the sun got high in the sky. All 10 trees were dripping pretty good.  If you don't have taps in yet, you better do it soon, this looks like a good week for sap production according to the forecast.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2014, 08:55:59 PM »

Almost 18 gallons of sap today out of 10 trees tapped.  Ran pretty good.  Drove past a Sugar Shack south of Gwinn today and they were already boiling it down, steam was pouring out of the shack. 
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2014, 10:40:19 AM »

Had about 9 gallons of sap from 9 taps last week.  Boiled down to 24 oz of the best syrup I ever had!  Had about 10 gallons from the 9 taps from Saturday to Sunday.   Tapped 9 more Sunday and they were all gushing.  Should be a great week of sapping.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2014, 07:33:03 PM »

Started boiling it down today.  Haven't checked the bags yet but my boy was out back hiking and said they were about a quarter full.  I'll empty them before dark and will see.  Don't know if it froze last night but figured sap would be down today.  Looks like it should pour pretty good tomorrow!  I only make about 2 gal each year for myself and family.   It's fun right now but after I've poured the last sap into the pot, I'm pretty tired of it.  Labor of love for sure but it is damn good!

Just got back in.  Only 6 gallons today.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2014, 02:21:13 AM »

John ..what kinda Pot do you use to boil it down ? Or should i say how many gallons of sap does it hold ?
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2014, 02:40:31 PM »

All the work to make the stuff and get a very little return.....can't believe u can buy it for so cheap!  I like to buy different kinds from wherever they sell it....love that stuff!  Thought about doing it myself but the amount of work compared to the price to just buy it ....id need a sugar shack that has some sedimental value with some friends or family to motivate me
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2014, 03:13:21 PM »

I agree Arn, but when the kids start asking if you can make it and show them how, it's a different story.  I started because my daughter asked me why woodpeckers peck at maple trees, and I told her to get this sap out for the sugar. It just snowballed from there!  I would say it's not as much work as it is time, which is hard to come by too.  I only do enough to last for the year so it's not like I have a major operation going on here too.
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2014, 05:32:11 PM »

If I wanted to buy the stuff to make my own.....how many do I need to tap?
Do you just strain it and boil it and that's it? Or is there more to it? 
What's the easiest way to boil it at home? Indoors on the stove? Or outdoors with a turkey deep fryer or something?   
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Re: 2014 Maple Season
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2014, 06:27:08 PM »

How many you tap is dependent on how much you can boil off. In turn dependent on the size of the evaporator.  Evaporators tend to be wide and shallow vs deep like a turkey fryer.

Strain it to get the flies, bark, and other stuff out before you boil.  After you finish it, strain it through felt to get out the sap sand.  Single strength syrup is 7 degrees above boiling point.  Boil water the day you finish, check your thermometer, add seven and when you get there its syrup.  Be careful when you approach finish temp, it tends to boil over.

Inside the home boiling can be disastrous, too much water vapor condensing inside, like about ten gallons of water per quart of syrup.

If you go with sap sacks and the red squirrels in your woods cut the tops of the trees to lick the sap, you need to remove them.  Sooner or later one will cut into the sap sack.  It will then call red squirrel convention and teach every other squirrel in 3 miles how to cut your sacks open.   
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