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    Almost time to make maple syrup

    I'm getting excited as maple syrup time is approaching for me. Does anyone else here make it as well? Most of my equipment is homemade except for some food grade stainless products. I make around 5 gallons a year for my own use and to give as gifts.
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    I would love to buy some from you....if you have some excess. I've always wanted to try the real deal
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    How much sap do you need to collect for 5 gallons of syrup?????
    We only have a few small sugar maples around my yard. I wish we had more because I'd love to make even a gallon.
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    We have a local family that does honey and maple syrup and he used to give tours of his maple house every spring. It does take a lot of work/energy to collect and boil down maple syrup, isn't it about 22 or 26:1? In any case, we like dark amber, and our local guy makes a dark amber "for cooking" that is really flavorful.

    It's an interesting hobby/profession, and at one time I wanted to try making some on my own. I collected about a half gallon of dripping sap from a low broken limb, filtered it and boiled away until it was thick and sweet. I didn't have a refractometer, so I winged it. Turned out pretty good, but I came to the conclusion that it was easier to buy it from our local guy and help the local economy

    Good luck with your maple season!
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    Thought it to be more like 30 or 40 to 1. Memory is failing though.
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    Gizmo's memory is correct, I just Googled it. Ratios I read are 32:1 to 50:1. I stand corrected
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    I would love to buy some from you....if you have some excess. I've always wanted to try the real deal
    RGD you have NEVER had the real stuff? Well, I can tell you it is fantastic! I would be honored to send you some of my syrup. PM me your address and I will ship some out to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    How much sap do you need to collect for 5 gallons of syrup?????
    We only have a few small sugar maples around my yard. I wish we had more because I'd love to make even a gallon.
    I do not have sugar maples which yield the best sugar content. I have silver maples so I have to evaporate more sap. My silver maples have to give me around 40-45 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup at 68 Brix. Brix is the measurement of sugar content in the sap. To legally sell it as N.H. syrup it must be between 66.9 and 68.9 Brix. I prefer it on the high side of sugar concentration. So to make 5 gallons of syrup I evaporate anywhere between 200 and 250 gallons of sap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    We have a local family that does honey and maple syrup and he used to give tours of his maple house every spring. It does take a lot of work/energy to collect and boil down maple syrup, isn't it about 22 or 26:1? In any case, we like dark amber, and our local guy makes a dark amber "for cooking" that is really flavorful.

    It's an interesting hobby/profession, and at one time I wanted to try making some on my own. I collected about a half gallon of dripping sap from a low broken limb, filtered it and boiled away until it was thick and sweet. I didn't have a refractometer, so I winged it. Turned out pretty good, but I came to the conclusion that it was easier to buy it from our local guy and help the local economy

    Good luck with your maple season!
    Thanks for the well wishes Tomfive. It is ALOT of work and can be pretty expensive to produce. Having a hydrometer and digital temperature gauge aids in getting the syrup boiling just right. Sap turns into syrup at 7.1 degrees above the boiling point of water at your specific altitude. So around here I have to "finish" the syrup at around 219.5 degrees.
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