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Harley    Posted 03-20-2004 at 17:57:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been looking at the maple trees that have been tapped, ( back and forth to work ). The other day I seen all of them had a block of ice dumped out on the ground. What's up with that? If it filled with water, would boil down? Just that it's all of them are like that around hear. (lower Mi.)

Lazy Al    Posted 03-21-2004 at 04:22:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I helped set up an ice cube machine once and it was abunch of tubes and water would run down in them and would freeze from the out side . Then as the cycle went on the tubes would reverse and heat up . the ice would then slip down and be cut off at the bottom . You would end up with little round chunks of ice with a hole in the middle . Theory being that impurities don't freeze so you have pure ice .That being the case I can see where sap ice would not have much sugar in it .

Haycreek Mn    Posted 03-20-2004 at 19:57:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some folks around here used to freeze off the sap, supposedly less boiling then to sugar weight. Kind of a "icemosis" effect.

Ayuh...    Posted 03-21-2004 at 03:38:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good term for it too...The water freezes and forces the sugar (usually downward) into the sap that has not started to crystalize the water out yet...


jdemaris    Posted 03-20-2004 at 18:05:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Theory goes that the ice has very little sugar content. Can't say I ever melted the ice to test it, but I have tasted it and it's not as sweet as the sap. I was trained over 40 years ago, when I first worked in a sugar woods, to chuck ice - and also the drowned mice. Moot point now since I have everything on pipeline and don't use buckets anymore.

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