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Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby charlie beard » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Any of you northerners boil it?

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Re: Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby t_baker » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:21 pm

My neighbor has buckets hanging off his trees. Figure that's what he is doing. Or could be collecting coon crap for all I know. He is a odd duck.
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Postby cluckmeister » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:28 pm

The wife and I went to New England for the fall foliage last October. I bought a gallon of Grade A Fancy from a producer in Brattleboro Vermont. The owner was a super nice older fellow and enlightened us on the making of maple syrup, how it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup and in most case the tree needs to be 40 years old before tapping. The syrup I bought from him is best I've ever tasted and since I'm about to run out, Ill be giving him a call for another gallon.
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Re: Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby charlie beard » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:02 pm

cluckmeister wrote:The wife and I went to New England for the fall foliage last October. I bought a gallon of Grade A Fancy from a producer in Brattleboro Vermont. The owner was a super nice older fellow and enlightened us on the making of maple syrup, how it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup and in most case the tree needs to be 40 years old before tapping. The syrup I bought from him is best I've ever tasted and since I'm about to run out, Ill be giving him a call for another gallon.


I had a good friend that passed on about 30 years ago and I got him into this.
We tapped trees all over.
His first experience he boiled it down in the kitchen.
Received a phone call from his wife that was highly pizzed at me.
The steam caused the wallpaper in the kitchen to start peeling off the wall.

Then he got his gas bill.
He said you SOB that is the highest price syrup I ever had.
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Postby Theircommited10 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:37 pm

Nice Charlie !!
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Re: Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby xrated » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:50 pm

charlie beard wrote:
cluckmeister wrote:The wife and I went to New England for the fall foliage last October. I bought a gallon of Grade A Fancy from a producer in Brattleboro Vermont. The owner was a super nice older fellow and enlightened us on the making of maple syrup, how it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup and in most case the tree needs to be 40 years old before tapping. The syrup I bought from him is best I've ever tasted and since I'm about to run out, Ill be giving him a call for another gallon.


I had a good friend that passed on about 30 years ago and I got him into this.
We tapped trees all over.
His first experience he boiled it down in the kitchen.
Received a phone call from his wife that was highly pizzed at me.
The steam caused the wallpaper in the kitchen to start peeling off the wall.

Then he got his gas bill.
He said you SOB that is the highest price syrup I ever had.



yeah but I bet that kitchen smelled amazing!
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Re: Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby xrated » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:57 pm

We might cook some of that sweet nectar.
200 taps as of last weekend and I will be heading up tomorrow to help finish. Temps have been perfect most of the week so who knows we might have enough to cook.

You guys who buy it at the store or from a big outfit, I got news for ya, you are missing out by not having wood cooked! I know they say there isn't a taste difference but I swear you can taste the smokey goodness of wood cooked.

My family has been making syrup off and on for over 100 years. Great-grandpas brother lived up north starting in 1910 when Great-grandpa bought the family land. He cooked each spring and we actually still have his old cook site and pans out in the woods. Also have a ton of the old sumac taps. It is pretty neat that I showed pictures of the old pans to his grandsons who are in their 80s now and they remember sitting out in the woods helping.

Fast forward to my childhood in the 80s and I remember collecting sap with the parents and siblings. Dad had a smaller setup which is still partway intact, think his old pan hangs up the shack now. We stopped for a long time and a few years ago my brother got the bug and we have been going since. Much bigger operation then when dad cooked and more work then I recall as a 6 year old.

I'll make another post with pics in a minute...I got lots.
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Postby xrated » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:15 am

Out collecting...sure was nice not having snow. We will be in 3' this weekend.
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Here is the old cooker. Had lain flipped over like this since the last time it was used.
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Flipped it over. Some of the wood was rotten but the metal and general shape was great for laying out like this. Not sure how the wooden dividers worked.
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Postby xrated » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:22 am

The old sumac taps.
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What is left of Dads old cooker.
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New setup. Old sawmill shed repurposed.
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New cooker
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There is no better smell than wood smoke and sap cooking down. Well besides gun smoke.
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She gets a bit hot in the fire box after 12 hours
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tasty sweet darkness.
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Postby Swamp Gas » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:07 am

Dad does it. I help out when I can. Good years yield over 1000 gallons of sap. Definately alot of boiling! You are right about the wood X-Rated. Definately a beer drinking activity.

Ever made coffee with the clear, un-cooked sap?
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Postby xrated » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:26 am

Never have done that Swamp. We do enjoy dipping some out rigth before it turns to syrup, that is a nice tasty treat.

I can't recall how much sap we had last year but we ended with around 30 gallons.

I concur it lends well to some beer...it lends to well to sipping on the whiskey bottle.
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Postby aunt betty » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:43 am

Was reading up on maple syrup. Found that Indians made it by allowing sap to freeze overnight and then peeling off the ice layer on top each morning. It also said that Indians would cook venison in maple sap. That sounds kind of good.
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Postby cluckmeister » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:06 am

xrated, thanks for the pictures, Ive always found Maple Sap gathering and the making of the syrup interesting. Im not sure how the old fellow we bought ours from when we were in Vermont cooks his, but its excellent, he explained they tap 4 times a season. The first tap is the grade A Fancy and its the lightest color of the syrup and the color gets darker with each of the other 3 tappings. He said he owned 640 acres of maples and the land had been passed down since the late 1700s.
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Postby KRB » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:54 am

Farmer who's property border's ours in upstate NY tap's 12 -15 of our tree's every year. Brings us a jug or 2, Good stuff.
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Postby 11-87 Va » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:12 pm

When my father in law was alive, we would go up to Speculator NY, in the Adirondack mountains, and run bear with hounds. He lived on the one road going back into the mountains. He made maple syrup and it was good stuff. That was several years ago, but this post sure has brought up some good memories.
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Postby charlie beard » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:17 pm

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Thanks for posting pictures.
Your setup is neat. Love that cook shack.
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Postby Theircommited10 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:36 pm

That set up looks awesome x rated !!
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Postby Indaswamp » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:22 pm

aunt betty wrote:Was reading up on maple syrup. Found that Indians made it by allowing sap to freeze overnight and then peeling off the ice layer on top each morning. It also said that Indians would cook venison in maple sap. That sounds kind of good.

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Postby Indaswamp » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:24 pm

and yes, cool pics! Thanks for posting.Wish we could tap trees here for maple syrup,but it's too warm in the spring.
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Postby Boocephus » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:44 pm

I did it for the 1st time last year. Boiled @30 gallons. Got @ 3 qts. Still have a pint jar left. Not sure why but 1 quart grew mold inside it. Also I cooked 1 batch too much, nasty. Hope to have better luck this year.
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Re: Maple syrup time for some of us...

Postby xrated » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:40 pm

Air got inside. We have it sometimes. Best bet IMO is good old mason jars.

You can pour out the moldy bottle, skim the mold and reheat the syrup to 180 and re bottle it.


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Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:37 pm

I've did it once a few years ago. Best syrup I've ever had.

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Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:04 am

We cook sugar cane syrup here...


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Postby xrated » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:42 am

Isn't sugar came supposed to make my rum?


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Postby Indaswamp » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:43 pm

xrated wrote:Isn't sugar came supposed to make my rum?


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We do that too...
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