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Pancakes maple syrup
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naz    Posted 04-09-2004 at 04:32:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Using up the last drop of maple syrup for my pancakes this morning.Made 2 gallons last year,gave some away,ate the rest and didn't get any this year.I found an old 200 gallon oil barrel I'm gonna cut up for an evaporator for next season.How's the season gone for everyone.I hear there at about a third of what it should be here in N.S.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-09-2004 at 04:40:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I actually went down in number of taps this year, but with a purpose...

I hung all new lines so that I could eliminate all 'gathering' and have it pipe directly to the shack...I went down from 160 of the older large size taps to 100 of the new 5/16 inch 'Tree-Saver' taps with the intention of going to 250 tree-savers all on vacuum next year...

That said, this is my first year with the new smaller diameter taps and I am impressed so far...

The weather has not cooperated to the fullest and I am about 3/4 of what I expected of Grade-A stuff I can sell...The rest is going to be for cooking only and after I am done today I will be over my expected 1qt/tap finished syrup...

Rules of making syrup...

Hurry up and wait, and DON'T PANIC...

naz    Posted 04-09-2004 at 04:52:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Vacuum I hear is suppose to retrieve more sap from the tree.Didn't hear of tree savers,is that to get more taps per tree.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-09-2004 at 06:24:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tree-Savers are 2/16 smaller than the old standard taps...Due to the ratio of diameter to circumference (pi and all that), the 'damage' done to the tree is more than a third less...The trees seal faster and are less likely to split, etc...

'They' say that the tree-savers also run longer as there is less chance of bacteria getting in the hole and haveing the tree respond to seal the hole...'They' say that not only do they run longer throughout the season, but they yield more sap (for some esoteric reason) when used on vacuum...

Les    Posted 04-09-2004 at 09:30:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just talking to a friend who was picking up some of his sugaring stuff. He showed me the 5/16 spiles and I was looking at a tree that had been tapped using them for several years. It sure does heal (actually I should say "seal", since trees don't really heal) a whole lot faster than with the 7/16 spiles. Huge difference, and that has to be much better for the health of the tree.

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