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    Maple syrup production

    A friend gave us a five gallon bucket of maple sap. Long story short, they got the idea to make their own syrup but this has been a banner year for sap. They are exhausted from the boiling process. So, we took a tiny bit off their hands.

    Here is the starting point--5 gallons of sugary water.

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    Let the boiling begin.

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    That should boil down nicely to about a tablespoon.

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    did someone say maple syrup?



    the torture of all the work for a couple of cups...

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    Maple syrup production

    How much white fuel did you use? That stuff is more expensive than the syrup

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    couple cans and a case of beer... make sure you boil it outside... just saying
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    Maple syrup production

    The boiling begins. I may need more BTUs...time will tell.

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    Maple syrup production

    Three hours in and I can see why we were given the sap. This is a tedious process. The outdoors were failing me so I had to shift indoors. This is all that is left of the original 5 gals (~1.5 gallons). Since I moved inside, I've doubled my boiling capacity. I've had my vent fan on, so hopefully the moisture and any residue will be in check.

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    Maple syrup production

    And then there was one

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    The final stretch has begun.

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    Whatcha shooting for light, medium or dark amber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Whatcha shooting for light, medium or dark amber?
    Have no idea. The person that gave it to us said the color darkens as the time into spring increases. Apparently I need a hydrometer to get the density correct. Since I'm fresh out of hydrometers, I'm going with the close-enough-to-syrup method.

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    Maple syrup production

    The end is near. I turned the heat off at 216F

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    Maple syrup production

    5 gals down to 2.5 cups

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    are you going to make us all french toast and bacon for breakfast tomorrow
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    Maple syrup production

    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    are you going to make us all french toast and bacon for breakfast tomorrow
    That is the menu for tomorrow, but I am sorry to say there won't be enough to go around.

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    Maple syrup production

    Seven hours later, this is the finished product.

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    My four year old drank the left over from the straining process--his summary was "yummy".

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    Maple syrup production

    That's awesome. Worth it? I bet it is "yummy"!

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    That's great Hey'all! Now you can reap the benefits of your efforts. I love maple walnut muffins.
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    The local park where I ride has a maple syrup festival every spring. Hundreds of the maple trees are tapped and plastic tubing runs down the hill to plastic buckets or large stainless steel containers. They're pretty treacherous where they cross a trail. Slippery on a bike and a trip hazard for hikers & horses, but I digress...

    They make syrup then then thousands of people come to the park to eat pancakes. We do a group ride around the event. Good turnout this year, close to 20 riders. We get syrup then go to a bar owned by one of the riders and make pancakes & drink.
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    Maple syrup production

    I couldn't imagine making enough syrup to feed 1000s.

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    Is it true...are people stealing sap in Vermont?

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    How are the pancakes, french toast and waffles tasting this morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Is it true...are people stealing sap in Vermont?

    At $65 /gallon, I'm not surprised

    Maple syrup worth up to $30M stolen in Quebec - Montreal - CBC News

    Maple syrup and crime: Caught sticky-handed | The Economist
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Is it true...are people stealing sap in Vermont?
    Quebec. Entering at one point from the NY Border. Sugar Season has been good - probably a Banner-Year.
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    Maple syrup production

    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    How are the pancakes, french toast and waffles tasting this morning?
    It is grape-nuts for breakfast today. Dinner will be breakfast food, so I will have to wait

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    Some things w/ better flavor from Real Maple Syrup -

    The Grilled Cheese - BAM! lol
    Asparagus (w/ butter, in the pan)
    Balsamic Vinegar/Syrup in mashed Potato - tightens up the natural water
    Salmon
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