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Re: Tapping maple trees
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NateP wrote:
Well for our first one I think it turned out ok. I bought some used pickle buckets from firehouse subs but even though they claimed they "sanitized" them they still have a very strong smell of pickles. I don't think that the smell will ever come out so I'm skipping that.


Pour a cup of bleach in the buckets then fill with water and let them sit for a couple days, then dump and rinse. The smell should be gone.

Posted on: 2/11 17:49:31
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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From Monticello/Paynesville
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Never use a pickle bucket to store anything but more pickles. It's worth purchasing new buckets. That smell will linger for a long time in the pickle buckets and will transfer flavor into what you place in them.

Posted on: 2/11 23:14:52
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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My thoughts or theory is that chemicals would leech in from a non food grade bucket.. I almost did a regular home depot bucket. What do you think guys do?

Posted on: 2/11 23:26:18
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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02/12/2017
From Moorhead (Central Minnesota)
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If you dont want to order online and are not finding anything in town,(ive checked just about everywhere in town and haven't found ) I would recommend checking out L&M fleet supply in DL. They have a whole section dedicated to maple syrup production right as you walk in the door with everything you could ever want or need.
As for taps I use ones sold by L&M made by a canadian company, they are heavy duty black plastic,(this will be year 3 using them) they make some other clear plastic ones for a little cheaper but the tend to break or crack. I would go with the black heavy duty ones, staff at L&m recommended too.. then I run rubber tubing from the tap into a food grade bucket.. I've found that many local grocery stores(bakery depts) will sell you food grade buckets with the lid for a couple bucks a piece. Ive bought several buckets from them.

I will be tapping a few maples later in the week and with any luck and the warm weather that's forecasted, hoping to get a few gallons of sap to boil down

Posted on: 2/12 17:18:37
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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Has anyone here tried making syrup from box elder trees? I've heard it tastes pretty similar to maple.

Posted on: 2/24 20:13:57
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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Box Elder is a maple and taste is the same. But the sap of a box elder has half the sugar as a sugar maple. Box elders will produce a lot more sap per tap too just have a lot more to cook down - over a hundred gallons of sap for a gallon of syrup.

Posted on: 2/24 22:09:35
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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I boiled about 30 gal of sap total this year .about 5 gal at seperate times. I use a propane burner and a 6 gal stainless pot.
The thing im still not sure is a good way to tell when its done. I have some jars that taste good but some to wet and some half full of sugar?

Posted on: 3/30 21:16:01
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Re: Tapping maple trees
Anonymous
I got about 75 gallons. Gave away 30. Did mine mostly over a burn barrel. I have about 4 gallons to final boil yet. Pulled all my taps on Tuesday. Going to final boil this weekend. Bigger and better plans for next year!

Posted on: 3/30 22:07:10
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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From Northern MN
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gamesdean wrote:
I boiled about 30 gal of sap total this year .about 5 gal at seperate times. I use a propane burner and a 6 gal stainless pot.
The thing im still not sure is a good way to tell when its done. I have some jars that taste good but some to wet and some half full of sugar?


Buy yourself a hydrometer and a hydrometer cup for measuring the water content in the sap. Orlon bags and prefilters should clear up the sugar in the bottom of the jars.

Posted on: 4/4 10:36:41
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Re: Tapping maple trees
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THANKS! I went on the internet, see a hydrometer for syrup is about $15 and saw a artical on exact readings so looks like problem solved

Posted on: 4/4 13:37:49
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