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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Ruskin, FL

    Default Leaky Trees

    I was talking to Chef Schwantz the other day and he was telling me that he taps his Maples for syrup and that this is the right time to do it.
    I made a few spiles and tapped the 3 maples in my front yard and as of this morning, I have close to 3 gallons.
    Do any of you make your own syrup?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Carthage, MO


    Interesting .. I usually think of tree tapping as an industry (not like BigAl who taps things for hobby)

    Show us your set up and how your process works.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Central MN


    Its one of those things, that, if you like maple syrup, or know someone who does, then there is no reason not to at least try it. If anything, you will have no issue with giving it away....
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    If it burns, I can cook with it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Ruskin, FL


    I love Maple syrup, but I rarely buy it because of the cost.
    I was telling Kelli that I went to a Maple Syrup festival when I was a kid and fell in Lust with it. On the way home, I drank a pint of it...needless to say, I wasn't the most popular family member when we got home...Well, they were sampling it in little paper cups to drink, so I thought it was a drink...
    I'll try to take a pic of what I have. It's not super impressive and my buckets are huge, but it's something to do outdoors after being inside all winter.
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  5. #5
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    Sorry you have to be inside all winter Bri!

    what kind of maples do you have?
    I have red maples (soft maples) and I don't think they will produce syrup. Do you know?

    My research tells me that you had better keep collecting sap though. Evidently it takes about 10 gallons of sap to make a quart of syrup.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008


    I believe most maples will give up sap but Sugar Maple is the best. I like to find sugar maple trees to cut down this time of year as the sap is flowing nicely and makes for some sweet smoking wood.
    Keep up the work Brian as you have enough to make maybe a half cup of syrup.

    You need to find someone that can cook it for ya now.
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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