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Maple syrup
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TB    Posted 03-17-2003 at 05:42:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a lot of red maples on my property. I have been told it is possible to make maple syrup with them but it wouldn’t be the best and that it would probably take about 50 to 75 gal of sap to get 1 gal of syrup. I was wondering if this information is correct? And if it would be worth it to make syrup with this kind of sap? Thank you. Tom


Salmoneye    Posted 03-17-2003 at 06:48:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
'Red' Maple is almost as good quality-wise as Sugar Maple (Hardrock), but the sugar content is about 2/3-3/4 that of Sugar Maple...

Lots of people in lots of places tap Red, Silver and Black Maples...All will work...

If you are interested in getting into 'sappin'...See the link below for more info than you really asked for...

;-)


TB    Posted 03-17-2003 at 16:24:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you for the link this should give me much info to consider. First after I want to make sure the trees are properly ID. Was wondering assuming a person doesn’t have any equipment what it would take to get started? I saw in the link that one of the early ways to reduce the sap was to freeze it and remove the solids does anybody still use this method. Seems like a good way to cut down on fuel to me!


Salmoneye    Posted 03-18-2003 at 05:55:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Freezing can be done...But you have to catch it just right...You only freeze to the point of a couple inches of ice per gallon...that WILL concentrate the sugar in the remaining liquid somewhat...but...if you do not catch it just right...the whole thing will go to ice and that is pointless...

Way easier just to boil it...

Freezing is not done by choice that I know of...Some...many really...have gotten into Reverse Osmosis which greatly reduces the boiling time...However...IMHO...RO syrup just does not taste right or have the correct 'feel' in your mouth...There is something about boiling on wood with the up-down heat and the length of time that adds the flavour and consistancy of 'real' syrup...I hate oil and gas syrup for the same reasons...incorrect flavour and feel...

All IMHO of course...but I aint alone...


OOPS!    Posted 03-18-2003 at 06:04:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
To get started all you need is a way to collect and a pan...

You can go as small or as big as you want...A 16 quart pan on your kitchen stove will work...To collect all you need is a 7/16 drill bit, some taps and a few old milk jugs...Boil the sap on the stove and keep adding sap till it gets to syrup...Watch out for the wall-paper though cuz all that steam in the house will curl it right off the walls...

Many people make their own evaporators...There are plans all over the net and even on eBay...You can buy a barrel stove kit and turn a 55 gallon drum into an evaporator in a day...You can make your own pans if you have access to 304 stainless sheets and a tig welder...

You can go as big or as small as you want...If you want more info...I have lots of links for new and used equipment...


Ludwig    Posted 03-17-2003 at 07:02:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Black maple, is that the same as we'd call rock maple? Never heard black maple before.

When I tapped in highschool we didn't have any sugar maples around the house. Had 1 red maple across the road and 5 rock maples around the yard. Best producer was 1 big tree that had like 8 littler trees growing out of its base. Put 5 taps right there.

Like I said I had a small operation, but it was fun.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-17-2003 at 08:17:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dunno...'Rock' and 'Hardrock' seem to be local names for various maples...

We have always used 'Sugar' and 'Hardrock' for the Acer Saccharum...


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