March 10, 2014

Sugaring

Begin drilling a 7/16th inch hole at a small angle.  Discover quickly that your drill battery is close to dead.  Wait an hour for it to charge, and resume drilling.
 Clean the hole out and look at it proudly.
 
Knock the spile into the hole.
Watch it immediately start dripping sap.

I added some plumbing - a 3/4 elbow and some Pex water piping to run the sap into these "borrowed" five gallon water bottles.

 Within an hour we had a quart of sap, enough for a quick experiment.

Maple syrup!

Next steps are to create a boil/evaporation system outside.  It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.  That's a lot of boiling.  If we did it indoors we would humidify our kitchen with a sticky mess.

We are very excited!

4 comments:

  1. Sounds very exciting. Do the other 39 gallons all boil away or can you use some of it for another purpose?

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  2. I'm excited too! I want to help and partake, please, if not this year, next!

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  3. A, it all boils down/evaporates. Seems a shame, but it's nourishing something somewhere in the ecosystem.
    Shirley, come on up! Though the trees decide when it happens...

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  4. That's awesome! I can already see the photo of you sitting at the cabin table with pancakes and your own maple syrup.

    Have you heard about the new maple syrup revolution: http://modernfarmer.com/2014/01/maple-syrup-revolution/

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