backyard sugarin' time

backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:53 am

Made myself a new rig this year, the 5 pan special with optional smokestack. Only the best! :D Made a couple quarts today, the sap really hasn't started running yet so hopefully I'll get some more. Note the snow pile is still here.
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Sara keeping watch. mmm syrup is good
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:31 am

Very cool! How much do you make each year? Do you use it all yourself?
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: gaw On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:43 am

Looks like ya’s was hav’n fun. :)

I tapped and cooked maple sap one spring a few years ago. The sap cooked to syrup but was not brown, it remained light amber or gold color and we could not figure out why. Later I had the chance to visit a sugar bush owned by a friend of my grandfather and found out that the light color syrup is the most desirable! It was nothing we did it was just what the trees gave us. Then we found out about the nider or what ever they call that sediment in the syrup that has to be filtered out. It was fun but a lot of work and time consuming so I have not done it since. I don’t complain about the price of pure maple syrup knowing what has to be done to make it.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:32 am

Neighbor taps about 100 trees. The season is done here.
He made about 19 gallons. All light delicate color.

Tom
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: TimV On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:36 am

About a week ago I heard that in Vermont the going rate for a gallon of Maple Syrup was $55.00.
Sap is runing good right now cold nights warm days and plenty of snow in the woods.
An inlaw works for a an Evaporator company and says they are busy as they have ever been selling a lot of new equipment.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:03 am

Yesterday I boiled down 15 gallons of sap and made 1 quart, 1 pint, and a 1/2 pint of syrup, it tastes good, I don't sell it so I don't bother to grade it. I filter it through a washcloth a few times to remove the impurities. If the weather remains the same - below freezing nights and 40's in the day - I'll boil down another larger batch, I'd like to get 12 quarts. It's relaxing stoking the fire all day plus the kids help gather wood so it's an excuse to be in the woods all day.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:35 am

I used to go out with pops and get sap . he was 92 and still doin it. I remember the trick of hanging just half a slice of bacon into the edge of the pan ,it would draw the impurities to it as well as add color.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:15 pm

I don't think the bacon added any color, what it did was prevent the sap from boiling over. Some people use oil in an eye dropper, I put a little butter on the rim of the pan. I hope I'm still able to do it if I get to be 92. Maybe syrup is the secret ;)
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:37 pm

Not to say anything against Vermont syrup but a frind of mine would haul his Pa. syrup up to Vermont to get a better price. I don`t know if he still does & if it`s worth it with fuel prices bu he told me it was a common practice. They would mix it up there and sell it as Vermont syrup. He had close to 5,000 trees at the time, maybe more by now.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:20 pm

It doesn't get any better than when you make it yourself :D :D When I was out of the service and hadn't found full time employment, I would spend the day scrounging up dry wood enough to boil off the sap we collected from this one big tree. With six taps it would fill a 50 gallon garbage can almost every couple days.I would boil it down so thick that it would make a crystal in the jar if it didn't get used fast enough :lol: That syrup tasted more maplely than what you can buy. There is alot of satisfaction in making your own. I'm green with envy Ed :) Scott
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:52 pm

samhill wrote:Not to say anything against Vermont syrup but a frind of mine would haul his Pa. syrup up to Vermont to get a better price. I don`t know if he still does & if it`s worth it with fuel prices bu he told me it was a common practice. They would mix it up there and sell it as Vermont syrup. He had close to 5,000 trees at the time, maybe more by now.


Pop had many a northerner say similar about his syrup. And with that reminder I believe the boil over thing with the bacon now. It has been about 25 years since then. He told me somethin regarding the color tho and Il'l be darned if i can remember now.... :|
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:06 am

For most of my life I thought the different colors were dependent on how long it was boiled. Oh DUH! I now know the color is...is..is what it is! You boil it until it's the correct density & you get what you get. The time of year and the tree itself dictate the final product. The state sells little colored jars of liquid with grading labels. By eye you match your syrup to the color in a jar & that's it's grade. I've learned that I like dark amber or ex dark amber over the more clear stuff.

$55 a gallon? Wow! That's high! Last summer I paid $27 for a half gallon. Yaaaaa, that seems more reasonable! ;) :)

Do you know real maple syrup can't go bad? If it get's mold on it, put it in a pan, bring it to a boil, skim the top and throw the skims away. You set to go once again!
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:29 am

Simular to honey then except that honey won`t even support the mold. Reportly they found honey in some pyramids or tombs that was still good.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: cabinover On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:41 am

samhill wrote:Not to say anything against Vermont syrup but a frind of mine would haul his Pa. syrup up to Vermont to get a better price. I don`t know if he still does & if it`s worth it with fuel prices bu he told me it was a common practice. They would mix it up there and sell it as Vermont syrup. He had close to 5,000 trees at the time, maybe more by now.


I've a friend that makes syrup. In Northern Vermont last year it was paying $4.40/lb. for ANY grade syrup. That is probably the reason your PA syrup comes up here. I forget what he said they do with it but they can't get it fast enough.
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Re: backyard sugarin' time

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:08 am

It`s been a month of sundays since I`ve been back to see my friend but may-be someone here will know. His place is in the SW area of Pa. very hilly & he claimed only the trees on one side of the hills were good for tapping, can`t remember which side. Don`t know if it was the sun direction or what. I`m in NW Pa. now, all flat area & it seems like every tree has a bucket on it. Guess thats a big + for hilly areas he used plastic tubes to trunk lines & then down the hill with gravity assist.
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