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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #60 on: February 21, 2021, 01:13:02 PM »
Now you have to find some birch trees to tap. Never done it myself but have purchased the finished syrup. Really different flavor. Enjoyed your posts here since I grew up in the East in sugar maple country. I think you are the first I have seen out here to tap trees in the West.

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2021, 02:42:06 PM »
This is driving me nuts! I wanna try some! Lol it's like trying a friends new Hibernian scotch or shine recipe!

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2021, 02:52:51 PM »
My wife's grandparents own and operate a syrup operation http://www.pamaple.com/jim--dora-tice.html

So, I got some great advice when I wanted to tap some trees at my house. None of them were sugar maples but they did produce and I got about a pint worth from the trees in my yard. IT was fun to do and something that I hope to do more of. It's hard to get a good flow as the weather does not get cold enough long enough. You want it to freeze at night and thaw in the day. That is best for sap collection.

As stated for sugar maple it is 40:1. No wonder it is so expensive! lol
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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #63 on: February 22, 2021, 06:30:45 PM »
Now you have to find some birch trees to tap. Never done it myself but have purchased the finished syrup. Really different flavor. Enjoyed your posts here since I grew up in the East in sugar maple country. I think you are the first I have seen out here to tap trees in the West.

Birch sap in its natural state is prized by chefs across North America.
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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #66 on: February 27, 2021, 04:39:01 PM »
 Interesting on the birch syrup. I donít know where there is enough birch trees to try that. I do want to try my neighbors black walnuts next year. Rinsed my jugs out this morning and reset. Iíve gotten 5 gal. of sap and 13 oz. of syrup so far this year and gonna try to get a little bit more before itís too late.

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2021, 04:21:30 PM »
The Expert Birch Tree Tapper.  :tup:

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2021, 05:21:13 PM »
The sap is flowing right now.  I got 21 gallons should have close to 40 when I cook it down on Wednesday.
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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2021, 05:37:34 PM »
 Youíre gonna get a lot of syrup! 👍

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #71 on: March 01, 2021, 05:51:00 PM »
 FYI. I used this candy thermometer and it kinda sucked! It had some water beading inside the tube that made it hard to read the temperature of the syrup....which was important since when boiling, the temperature goes from 212 to 219 (when you pull the syrup from the heat) kinda fast. Iím gonna get a different one for next year.

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #72 on: March 01, 2021, 05:59:23 PM »
FYI. I used this candy thermometer and it kinda sucked! It had some water beading inside the tube that made it hard to read the temperature of the syrup....which was important since when boiling, the temperature goes from 212 to 219 (when you pull the syrup from the heat) kinda fast. Iím gonna get a different one for next year.

The temperature goes up when you pull the heat?
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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #73 on: March 01, 2021, 06:29:21 PM »
 The temperature of the sap is around 212 when boiling, then as it starts to turn into syrup the temperature climbs (kinda fast). Then pull pot from heat when temperature hits 219. You can also tell when ďitís thereĒ by the size and ďlookĒ of the bubbles. They tend to be uniform in size and they look ďoily?Ē but itís best to go by temperature.

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Re: Tapped a couple of maple trees.
« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2021, 05:12:06 AM »
Youíre gonna get a lot of syrup! 👍

It'd be cool if i did.
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