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Maple Sap
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Wrenchbender    Posted 03-19-2003 at 10:40:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

How soon between collecting do you need to start boiling it down? Can you let it collect for a couple days and then start boiling? Thanks, WB.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-19-2003 at 10:56:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes...You can wait a couple days if you HAVE to...Most 'pros' will boil as soon as they can so that the sap does not have time to start fermenting or growing bacteria...

The main reason people boil ASAP is so that the end product colour is as light as possible...The lighter the syrup the supposed 'higher' grade it is...Personally I think that is bull...Mid to late season syrup, though darker, has a more full-bodied maple flavour and deeper amber colour...

All in your tastes...

Randy    Posted 03-19-2003 at 11:26:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Salmoneye, why aren't you out collecting sap? Cold last night and nice today, isn't that what you're looking for? Or still too cold up there?

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