Tapped My Maple Trees Today! VIDEOS!

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  1. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Tapped Today!

    1st Time Running Tube...

    My son Tyler and I Tapped 15 Taps and ran Tube Gravity Line. Took about 3 Hours then we tapped 10 Trees with Buckets for a total of 25 Taps this year. We found a bunch of other Maples too but 25 is all for this year...next year I think I could reach 100 Taps!

    There's 2 Videos...

    Running Gravity Tube Video...

    [video=youtube_share;OK1Kaz-b8dg]http://youtu.be/OK1Kaz-b8dg[/video]

    Tapping Trees with Buckets...

    [video=youtube_share;UCcd96vypDY]http://youtu.be/UCcd96vypDY[/video]
     
  2. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Thanks for sharing that Don! Pretty cool to see that. Always wondered how that was done.
     

  3. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    I'll share some more when I start boiling the sap on my Evaporator!
     
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    That stage is what blows me away. It's amazing how much of it cooks down to such a little product. You have to pay special attention to temperature too right?
     
  5. ApisBees

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    Are you going to be tapping more trees? any problums with the deer playing skip rope with the tubing? how much of a vacuum is needed to suck the syrup into your maple shake? Very interesting Thanks for sharing Don
     
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    Don, what happens with the holes after you pull your taps out?
     
  7. DonMcJr

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    25 Taps is all I am doing this year. The tube is Gravity and it's all sloped into the Sugarhouse. If it's is sloped and the flow is running good it creates natural vacuum which is why I have the Vacuum Guage, just to see if that happens.

    The Holes close up on their own after you pull the taps out at the end of the Season.

    When you boil you have to keep at least 2 Inches of Sap in the Evaporator Pan at all times and Boil it down. Takes about 40 Gallons of Sap to make 1 gallon of Syrup. The temp it turns to Syrup is about 7 Degrees above the Boiling Point of Water...

    Here's 2 Videos from last year...

    Before I bought the Evaporator:

    [video=youtube_share;JYkv0EYcD_g]http://youtu.be/JYkv0EYcD_g[/video]

    My New Evaporator:

    [video=youtube_share;QVyfjqKN1AM]http://youtu.be/QVyfjqKN1AM[/video]
     
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    Here is my sons evaporator. Not fancy but they commonly do 6 or 8 gallons of syrup. Kind of a ritual end of winter thing. I am scraping the bottom of last years supply, so come on spring. IMG_0129.JPG

    Nice videos!
     
  9. Marbees

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    Maple syrup season is my favourite time of the year. Going for a pancake breakfast at the local sugar shack marks an unofficial end of the winter. Also time to pick up my previosly ordered clover, and sweet clover seed at the local co-op store.
    Nice equipment and videos:thumbsup:
     
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  11. DonMcJr

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    Here's the Flow Yesterday!

    [video=youtube_share;JS-M2PlcdMg]http://youtu.be/JS-M2PlcdMg[/video]
     
  12. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    Nice vids!

    I wanted to see if Maple trees gave sap in southern NJ so I drilled into a few (I have 30 acres of them lol) and lo and behold stuff started running out and hasn't stopped in 3 days. Hopefully the bees will find it and put it to good use. It looks and tastes like water though.