Sap is running!!

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Cabin

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Feb 25, 2013
 
Finaly the trees are stating to flow. Managed to get 12 gallons Saturday and Sunday and boiled it down to make one quart of syrup after boiling 8 hours. Sure beats watching tv.
loose stool

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Feb 25, 2013
 
Cabin wrote:
Finaly the trees are stating to flow. Managed to get 12 gallons Saturday and Sunday and boiled it down to make one quart of syrup after boiling 8 hours. Sure beats watching tv.
A math problem.
12 gallons = 1quart =? fifths
Larry

Waterbury Center, VT

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Feb 25, 2013
 
Yeah, a number of sugarmakers up here were running taps and lines this past weekend. And of course there were the obligatory buckets on the trees along the tourist roads so they could take pictures.

The guy who plows our driveway has a sugarbush with 3,500 taps.
lotta

Clarks Summit, PA

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#4
Feb 25, 2013
 
Sweet!!:))). Sap hasn't run here for at least a week. We boiled all last weekend and made about 2 fifths lol. Keeping my fingers crossed for today and after. Yes, beats doing most things especially this time of year. It's a nice antidote to winter and cabin fever. May the sap gods smile on us:). Good luck this season!
Cabin

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Feb 25, 2013
 
loose stool wrote:
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A math problem.
12 gallons = 1quart =? fifths
40+ to 1 ratio, 48 guarts of sap for one quart of syrup. I tape sugar and silver maples so the sap is under 3% sugar. It is a good use for scrap wood that is not 'fit' for wood stove use.
Cabin

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Feb 25, 2013
 
lotta wrote:
Sweet!!:))). Sap hasn't run here for at least a week. We boiled all last weekend and made about 2 fifths lol. Keeping my fingers crossed for today and after. Yes, beats doing most things especially this time of year. It's a nice antidote to winter and cabin fever. May the sap gods smile on us:). Good luck this season!
It just started Saturday. I got 2 gallons out of 20 trees Saturday and Got another 10 gallons befor noon on sunday.
loose stool

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Feb 25, 2013
 
Cabin wrote:
<quoted text>40+ to 1 ratio, 48 guarts of sap for one quart of syrup. I tape sugar and silver maples so the sap is under 3% sugar. It is a good use for scrap wood that is not 'fit' for wood stove use.
You're avoiding the question. Many years ago I was involved with a farm in Napanoch New York. They had a barn with an attached sugar shack dating from the late 1800s that finally could not stand anymore. We turned it over to the local volunteer fire department for a controlled burn, and the amount of liquor bottles discovered in both the barn and the sugar shack could've filled a gymnasium. Did you know that hundred-year-old manure burns blue with yellow smoke?
Cabin

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Feb 25, 2013
 
loose stool wrote:
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You're avoiding the question. Many years ago I was involved with a farm in Napanoch New York. They had a barn with an attached sugar shack dating from the late 1800s that finally could not stand anymore. We turned it over to the local volunteer fire department for a controlled burn, and the amount of liquor bottles discovered in both the barn and the sugar shack could've filled a gymnasium. Did you know that hundred-year-old manure burns blue with yellow smoke?
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OK Since I work in gallons, quarts and pints(even when I was drinking) I do not know how many fifths that makes. Is that fifths of a gallon?
lotta

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Feb 25, 2013
 
Cabin wrote:
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OK Since I work in gallons, quarts and pints(even when I was drinking) I do not know how many fifths that makes. Is that fifths of a gallon?
It's about 16/25ths of a fifth,lol. Loose is just being a wiseazz:) I'm surprised you fell for it:). If any alcoholic beverage is made from sap or syrup it's usually beer or acerglyn and sometimes wine, but not hard liquor.

Not bad on your sap to syrup yield for reds and silvers, cabin. That's about what I used to get in the pocs on reds. I'm lucky to have some sugar and black maples so boiling goes a little faster now.
Cabin

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Feb 25, 2013
 
lotta wrote:
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It's about 16/25ths of a fifth,lol. Loose is just being a wiseazz:) I'm surprised you fell for it:). If any alcoholic beverage is made from sap or syrup it's usually beer or acerglyn and sometimes wine, but not hard liquor.
Not bad on your sap to syrup yield for reds and silvers, cabin. That's about what I used to get in the pocs on reds. I'm lucky to have some sugar and black maples so boiling goes a little faster now.
If it is a maple I tap it. I like to let the sap freeze a bit so I can remove the ice to increase the sugar content a bit. To me it is just a more useful way to use wood that might end up in a brush pile anyway.

Me thinks loose was refeing to the 'antifreeze' needed while making the syrup not what was made out of it.
Larry

Waterbury Center, VT

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Feb 25, 2013
 
There's a tradition called "First Night". It's the first boil of the year, and when it's tasted for the first time, there's usually some 'nice stuff' mixed into the cup.

Evidently they just never threw the bottles away.
cabin

East Stroudsburg, PA

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Feb 28, 2013
 
19 Gallons from 20 trees last night. I will be starting to boil tonight. An exciting weekend watching water boil. Can life get any better than that???
Larry

Waterbury Center, VT

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Feb 28, 2013
 
I stopped by Paul's place today (the one with all the taps) and he said the sap is just starting to run. He said it's "right on schedule" too. It usually starts running around Town Meeting Day (next Monday) and will run till the peepers come out.

I's just tradition, but they don't start boiling until noon, and go until midnight.

Here's a slideshow of a Vermont sugarhouse in action.

http://www.scenesofvermont.com/2007Reviews/su...
cabin

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Mar 4, 2013
 
Larry wrote:
I stopped by Paul's place today (the one with all the taps) and he said the sap is just starting to run. He said it's "right on schedule" too. It usually starts running around Town Meeting Day (next Monday) and will run till the peepers come out.
I's just tradition, but they don't start boiling until noon, and go until midnight.
Here's a slideshow of a Vermont sugarhouse in action.
http://www.scenesofvermont.com/2007Reviews/su...
Got over a gallon of syrup this week end. Would have had more but the grand kids like to drink it like coffee.

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