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Offline TheRuggedWrangler

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Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« on: January 15, 2017, 03:47:01 PM »
Hey All;

Please forgive me for being a bit off topic. I'm wondering if anyone here makes their own maple syrup. I've got a few questions with regards to getting started.

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TRW

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Re: Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 03:51:42 PM »
I do on a very small scale for many years now.

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Re: Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 08:44:10 PM »
Aye we do.

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Re: Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 11:20:56 PM »
Hi Guys;

Most important question to start: how many trees do you figure one would need to tap to make it worth while? I understand it's at least a 40-1 ratio sap-syrup. Any estimates to number of trees I'd need just for personal collection?

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Re: Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 11:49:06 PM »
I tap in my yard only and live in town. I have one maple that I tap three spiles in and the rest are Boxelder. I run a dozen spiles total and can make in a good year 3gallons of syrup, most years at least two. I boil in pots outside, and finish in the kitchen.
All my spiles are stainless steel from Lehman's Hardware. I hang 2 gal. buckets and I have never covered them, although, it would be a plus if I did.

Kent

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Re: Anyone Make Maple Syrup?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 09:14:59 PM »
A maple about 18" across, with one spile, gives about 1L of syrup in a season -- about 40L of sap. Rough guide.

Usually the limitation is the boiler. Sap doesn't store very well unless you can keep it quite cold. You need to be evaporating it immediately. Often people tap more than they can deal with.

And that would be me....

Dave