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Maple Syrup: Season 2. For Sale and B.S. thread

Discussion in 'Sports & Hobbies' started by Pudge, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:02 AM
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    Buying Pudge's syrup is like buying a gun safe........ always buy a larger size than you think you will ever need (or multiple!).
     
  2. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:05 AM
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    I'm still working on last years syrup, otherwise I'd be buying more 'cause it's great stuff!
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM
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    @Pudge, I'm excited about this! I'll order whichever number of the large plastic bottles fit easiest into a box to ship. :)
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    2 QUARTS. At least..............
     
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  5. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    This stuff is liquid gold, absolutely delicious!

    Once you are ready I'm in for more!
     
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  6. Feb 11, 2018 at 10:04 AM
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  7. Feb 11, 2018 at 4:28 PM
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    Holy crap what a day. It was quite a battle out there luckily we had 3 people to collect sap today. It was 45 and pouring rain all day. I've been out of the house since 10ish and just got home at 7.

    We collected 350 or so gallons of sap today from 150 taps, through the mud and rain. Started cooking it a few hours ago and have boiled off a out 100 gallons this 350 should yield about 7 gallons of syrup. That's a pretty good day for us. I had to get my daughter home but my brother is still cooking.

    Out of the rain and into the sugar sauna ...

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  8. Feb 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM
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    I didn't take many other pics today because if the weather and working my ass off.
    This is my 6 year old daughter. She was a trooper today. She was out with me the whole time and spent some time in the sugar house as well.

    20180211_153116.jpg
     
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  9. Feb 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM
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    Lot's of hard work but worth it..
     
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  10. Feb 11, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    Your daughter is a real cutie and a trooper, Sean!
     
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  11. Feb 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM
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    I am in for buying some. I will have to talk to the alpha unit to see how much we should get but will be placing an order
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:32 PM
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    The evaporator is really working nice today. Hard to explain, but the sap is flowing into the front pan on the right side in the picture. As it cooks it gets pushed along through little cut outs in the dividers you see, flowing from right to left. You can see the color change in each section. Left side is almost syrup. In fact my brother just called me and said he's pulled off about 4 gallons of syrup since I left a few hours ago.
    The way it works is cool sap enters the pan and that pushes the hot sap along. It snakes it's way through the pan dividers/cut outs. As it boils it steams off water, slowly concentrating the sap. The higher the sugar %, the hotter it gets as it moves along. At about 220° it's syrup and we test the viscosity with a hydrometer, if it's right, we open the valve and test every 30 seconds until the viscosity drops off then close the valve and keep cooking.

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    It takes about 40 to 50 gallons of sap (which is crystal clear when it comes out of the tree, about 2-3% sugar) to make a gallon of syrup which is, I think about 66% sugar.
    This evaporator can steam off 30 maybe 40 gallons per hour under optimal condition. 3 or 4 logs of wood is loaded every 5-10 minutes, I try to load it every 5 minutes, and only open one door at a time to keep the heat up.
     
  14. Feb 12, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    Thanks for the pics, Sean. Pretty cool how the sap changes color as it makes its way from the right side to left. Helluva science project you have going on there, Brother!
     
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    Sean,

    You put in a great amount of work in making that delicious maple syrup! Kudos for being an entrepreneur!

    Your maple syrup is awesome! :drool:

    Thank you for going the extra mile by including us in your sales!
     
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  16. Feb 12, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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    Holy shit! 40-50 gallons to yield 1 gallon of sweetness? That is a lot of water to boil off.
     
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    So FREAKIN COOL!!!
     
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  18. Feb 13, 2018 at 10:12 AM
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    It got cold here yesterday afternoon. I went to check the buckets this morning and tbey all had a few inches of frozen sap. Tomorrow looks warm so it should melt and the sap flow will be back on. The reat of the week looks good too.
    Gonna go try to take care of a few issues at the sugar house and maybe get a pump with more gallons per minute rating. It's slow pumping 200 gallons from the truck tank to the holding tank with a 5 gpm pump.
     
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    Only got about 100 gallons of sap today but there was probably 200 gallons of ice left in the buckets. that should melt off tomorrow as well as additional sap.
     
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    Also got the new pump today. Just need to plumb it in tomorrow. I'll post up some pics of that.
     
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    Struggling today. Every bucket I've emptied is this full or overflowing. They range from 3-4 gallons each. So I can dump 2or 3 into my 5 gallon pails and have to walk back to the truck. I'm about 350 gallons into this day.

    It's amazing how clear the sap is. You can see the bottom of the bucket in this picture. Pure as can be.

    Mostly water here, only about 2% sugar. Lots to boil down to get to syrup

    20180215_130739.jpg
     
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    Out of curiosity, what does the sap straight from the tree taste like?
     
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    Like water pretty much
     
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    That’s amazing that much liquid comes out and doesn’t affect the tree. :)
     
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    5/16 inch hole. All trees are at least 12 inch diameter. It's crazy
     
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    maybe it's just me but i always wonder how things like maple syrup were discovered. Like... did some dude try boiling the sap from all trees and decide that maple was the one that would go best with pancakes?
     
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    I just got home. Hauled almost 500 gallons today alone. I'm so freaking tired.
     
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    Wow, Sean, that's a lot of work! :benchpress:


    Take care of yourself. :)
     
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    Pumping from the 210 gallon collection tank into a 450 gallon holding tank. I fill that tank 5 gallons at a time. New pump worked great, pumps about 3 times faster than the old one. We also have a 100 gallon stainless tank in the barn that we use to gravity feed the evaporator.

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