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TB    Posted 02-01-2005 at 11:51:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just woundering if anyone is tapping there trees yet? Or is it too early?

tap black walnut    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:39:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
We tap maple, but you can also tap black walnut. Make sure you get no wood chips in the sap. boil it down the same and you will get a golden thick buttery sweet tasting syrup. No maple flavor or odor, but sure is good in it's own right. We have about 100 big black walnut trees and only 20 big maples.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:42:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can do Birch and White Ash too...

Bich takes appx. 100 gallons of sap per gallon of syrup...I am unsure about Ash, but I think it is around the same...

Les    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:44:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tapped a cherry one time hoping for cough syrup but didn't have much luck.

mike    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:59:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought about about tapping our blackerry bushes one yr; in search of blackberry brandy. but the durn bushes kept tipping over when i hung the buckets on em

I bet that...    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:46:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Made those two old guys with the beards really mad...

Never fear...Smith Brothers is here...


Les...Hey Paul    Posted 02-01-2005 at 13:02:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just up to see Mutt today. His son Jimmy is down in Mississippi with his unit training and getting ready to go overseas. He caught a cold and coughed so hard he collapsed a lung. Joanne and Jimmy's wife flew out of Manchester today to see him. He's in pretty rough shape.
Mutt's hoping they'll send him home. He said that happened once before and it almost killed him.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 13:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Collapsed a lung, or broke a rib and punctured a lung?

Girl cousin of mine is still recuperating from a broken rib and a poke in one lung from a wicked cold back before Christmas...

Hope he gets better soon...

Linda/Utah    Posted 02-01-2005 at 15:29:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, it's possible to spontaneously blow a hole in a lung without puncturing with a rib or other object. I had one patient who was out jogging and jogged into the ER holding his side. He had blown a hole in his lung, and it wasn't the first time for him. It seems people who have had this happen once often have it happen again.

screaminghollow    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:24:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
put taps out this am. Supposed to be good weather for it this week, lows around 20 and highs around low 40's

Rickstir    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:24:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I trimmed some branches on a maple next to my driveway on Sunday. Sap ran like I had poked a hose with and icepick. This is in NE MO. Kind of surprised me for sure.

Ask here...    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:08:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
These guys are hardcore...I imagine that the guys in West Virgina are...

And no...I will not tap for 4 more weeks...


mike    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:27:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have an older sugarbush, easily 600 taps on a gravity system along w/ another 50 buckets along diveway/road. Haven't been tapped in 3-4 years now. used to be able to give it away in trade for couple gallons syrup. Thinking about doing it myself and selling/trading the sap w/ the eventual plan of building a sm sugarhouse. know little or nothing about syrup beyond the fact I like it in my coffee. is this an idea worth pursuing? we have a northwest exposure and I've been told our trees usualy run a higher sugar content than most. and of course run later than most

Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:38:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
See the link below...It is the single best method of determining rental and sap prices available on the net...

Then cut and paste this link...It is the home site for the page linked below and is the 'bible' for sugar makers...

mike    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:49:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
cut and paste? benjamin gets home from preschool around 4, I'll have him get in touch w/ ya on the scissors and glue stuff....

LOL    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:57:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry...This is easier...


screaminghollow    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:33:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
my daughter and I started tapping five years ago. At first we boiled it down in 20 quart stainless kettles on the kitchen stove. Now we use an old three burner kero stove in the summer kitchen and the same 20 quart stainless kettles. We only make for personal use, maybe 2 to 4 gals. a yr.

mike    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:43:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
how many taps do you put out? when I was but a lad we made syrup from 3 big trees in our front yard, each w/ 4 taps. boiled it down in pans on the woodstove. no "fancy" syrup made but when you're 5 yrs old and you "helped" make the syrup it sure tasted fine on on our pancakes. have a 3 yr old and a 6 yr old and would like to see them "help"

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