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A few questions for you sugerers

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Posted by SteveB on February 12, 2004 at 09:06:14 from (

Growing up in Michigan I used to make a little maple syrup. I had never seen it done before so I was on my own to figure out the process. Never had much trouble getting sap out of the trees - it was not uncommon to get 5 gallons per tap per day.

I am now in NE IL and tried tapping a half dozen trees a couple years ago and only got about 12 gallons of sap. Most trees yielded nothing. Was going to try again this year and figured I better ask the experts here if I'm doing something wrong. This is my process:

Drill 5/8" hole at 30 degree angle up about 2 inches in. Insert 1 salt tablet and plastic tap as far as it would go. Hang bucket and cover with plastic. Is the salt tablet necessary? Would I be better with 2 smaller taps or 1 larger tap?

For the poster below that was looking for ideas for cooking down, I have a large cast iron kettle about 30" across at the top that I hang from a tripod and cook with wood. I just keep adding sap to the kettle till I run out of sap and cook till it tastes right. I have a hydrometer but don't know what specific gravity to cook to. Any suggestions?

Will probably be setting taps this weekend as the 10 day forecast is for highs in the 30-40 range and lows in the 20s.

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