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Tapping down here in nw CT
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Randy    Posted 02-27-2003 at 15:55:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looks like the locals have the tubs under the trees now. Talked to them last week and they were hoping to get started. Said they wanted to make 100 gallons this year. That being said think I'll go make some pancakes with Vermont fancy grade over them. Good to be me!

markct    Posted 02-27-2003 at 20:10:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey randy where in NW CT are you, i am from northfield ct, its a part of litchfield which im sure you have heard of. a friend of mine put in alot of taps this year but i didnt, i had been thinking about building an evaporator but didnt get around to it,maybe next year i will

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:17:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark ,I'm down in Bridgewater.

Mike D. huh?    Posted 02-27-2003 at 17:46:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
What the heck are you yankees talkin 'bout? LOL

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:20:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Manna from heaven.

LOL    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:48:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
What proof is that manna?

Ayuh...    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:25:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
From Vermont...



steve II JD4000    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:48:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
what kind of tree is that?

Randy    Posted 02-27-2003 at 17:09:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Big maples.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:01:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Think I am going to tap this week...whether I should or not...

Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-27-2003 at 19:01:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Salmoneye sounds like the race is on.Who will tap first? Guess I dont know where I will be having that breakfast now.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:08:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might wanna wait, Paul. I just heard the weather goobers talkin about another cold snap next week. This one is hardly over and they're already talking about another one ":^(

Ayuh...    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:23:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know you're right...Just getting itchy...Course I have been itchy since after New Years LOL...

I have a sneaking feeling that once it starts, it is going to come fast, heavy and short...I actually told the Wife today that I was not going to get any sleep from 3/20 to 3/28...I have NO idea what makes me think that, but I do believe I will be boiling round the clock for a couple days when it comes...

Randy    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:16:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nice for a couple days and then cold again. Nice being the 30s!
When the syrup people told me they were planning 100 gallons that sure seemed like a lot of firewood. Also told me that as the weeks went on so did the ratio. Now it's about 40 to 1 and then it goes up to 50 to 1 etc. Didn't know that.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:29:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With a good evaporator, you should plan on 1 cord of hardwood for every 25 gallons of finished syrup you expect to make...You should of course always plan on 25-50% more wood than you 'need'...

You can figure an expected yield by estimating 1 quart of finished syrup for every tap...

In my case:

200 taps = 200 quarts or 50 gallons
1 cord of wood for every 25 gallons, I 'need' 2 cords of wood...

I have about 3 cord on hand...

Slo    Posted 02-27-2003 at 19:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fella I help has an LP fired evaporator.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-28-2003 at 01:51:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ayuh...Lots of people fire with gas and oil now...I, personally, will never do that...

IMHO...The flavour of syrup is voo-doo, and not science...Sure...Gas does the same thing as wood in that it boils sap...However...Any Old-Timer will tell ya that 'it jess don't taste right'...

I sincerely believe that the 'correct' flavour and texture can only be brought out by the up-and-down heat that you get from wood...It has something to do with the caramelization time/temps and the amount of 'invert' sugar produced...

Although this is my opinion...I am not the only one that believes this...

Slo    Posted 02-28-2003 at 04:11:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve changed over more for safety and convenience reasons. And now he doesn't have to worry about scorching another big pan in his evaporator. Replacing them things seem to have a negative effect on the checkbook.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-28-2003 at 04:43:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Scorching comes from running too low a sap level to speed evaporation, and not payin close enough attention...

There are other ways to increase efficiency, ie. preheater and a forced air unit for the arch to increase airflow for the wood...Then you can get a piggyback evap. also...double the evaporative rate of the same size arch and pans...And you can run a safe sap level and never worry about your pans again...

Randy    Posted 02-27-2003 at 16:45:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure is a lot of work. Maybe one day when I get settled in upstate NY I'll give it a try. Does it seem like it should be a good year since we had more rain than last year and colder?

Salmoneye    Posted 02-28-2003 at 01:43:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Though I missed it...Last year was a darn good year for sap according to everyone I talked to...

The last two years, the first runs have been 2nd week in February here...We are more on track with 'normal' right now...But if it starts as late as 2nd week of March, we are looking at almost 'late', and IMHO...It will be a couple three weeks of very long days in order to keep up...

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