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  1. Thread: Buttery Syrup

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    I always get vanilla and marshmallow notes in my...

    I always get vanilla and marshmallow notes in my first 2-3 batches of syrup from my all-sugar bush. I've had a couple of late-season batches with molasses/brown sugar to them. One mid-season batch...
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    I preheat the oven to 190 and put the glass jars...

    I preheat the oven to 190 and put the glass jars in for 10 min at the very least. While they sterilize, I slowly bring the syrup up to 185 and pull it off the instant it reaches that. Even so the...
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    Thanks maple flats, I love my sugars :-) and most...

    Thanks maple flats, I love my sugars :-) and most of them are big trees, though my three little 1-spilers in the bush also did their share of the work!
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    ...when you get twitchy cause there hasn't been a...

    ...when you get twitchy cause there hasn't been a new post on MT for 5 days...and sugaring season is 8 months away ;-)
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    From what I can see - what little is visible in...

    From what I can see - what little is visible in the pics - just plain ol niter. Is it really worth pulling from shelves and rebottling? Not to mention having to reheat, use new caps on the bottles...
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    Aww gosh shucks durnit...of course I'll post the...

    Aww gosh shucks durnit...of course I'll post the *class pic* for this year...here ya go, enjoy! NOtice that batch seems to think it's beer and another one will not.clear.up. and so looks like peach...
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    haha Wisers, I'm also concentrating on getting...

    haha Wisers, I'm also concentrating on getting wood in for next year's boiling! Still on the lookout for a cast iron woodstove that doesn't leak heat like a sieve, in case you stumble across one. ...
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    Finally have some figures for my season. If I...

    Finally have some figures for my season. If I count in the 42l I gave to some clients (who made just under 2l with it) I got 628l sap and 30l syrup.

    But if I keep it just to what I collected and...
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    Hey BackCountry, yep you're in the same boat I...

    Hey BackCountry, yep you're in the same boat I was in...lots of great clear sap still coming but also insane amounts more of boiling. How long can your wood, time and energy hold out for is what it...
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    BWAHAHAHAAAAAA...I'm already draggin wood home...

    BWAHAHAHAAAAAA...I'm already draggin wood home for Shack Whacky to burn next year and searching kijiji for a cast iron woodstove in good condition to replace my current one. It just gives off way...
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    There's a first time for everything and today is...

    There's a first time for everything and today is the first time ever in my sugaring life that I pulled spiles while trees were still producing beautiful sap. I still don't like that I had to do it,...
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    I have 75l from today alone and about 20l...

    I have 75l from today alone and about 20l leftover from yesterday that I really want to push through tonight. Been hearing peepers but my sap is still crystal clear and the syrup is pretty dang good...
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    Really? Oh cool! Must try it tonight :-) thanks...

    Really? Oh cool! Must try it tonight :-) thanks Bruce!

    ETA: Tried it on a really gunked-up bottle from last year, and now I can't tell it apart from the brand-new ones. What a great way to get...
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    I got 98.5l in holding tanks outside, the weather...

    I got 98.5l in holding tanks outside, the weather is now crazy warm so I think this will be it. A bunch of spiles have slowed down, some are still quite hot. Guess what I'm spending my weekend...
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    I can get distilled. Just use it straight?

    I can get distilled. Just use it straight?
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    Haha thanks Karen, the sugar content blew my mind...

    Haha thanks Karen, the sugar content blew my mind out with the first batch!
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    Do you have any permeate kickin around, Bruce? I...

    Do you have any permeate kickin around, Bruce? I don't know how much I would need, but I have a good 1-2 dozen bottles that really need it. Trying vinegar for now followed by lots of rinsing. ...
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    Still running here...got about 55l sap today. ...

    Still running here...got about 55l sap today. Was able to give away the 42l I got yesterday, but now I'm going into the weekend expecting to boil yet again. Patched up the stove in SW with heat...
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    Thanks, I do know some people who have permeate...

    Thanks, I do know some people who have permeate but they aren't too close...and may use it that way themselves! I think I'll try straight vinegar for now. I think bleach is an alternative too, but...
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    There are quite a few Freemans around here, they...

    There are quite a few Freemans around here, they make good yard maples. Think they have a high tolerance for road salt and stuff like that. There are a few on a nearby vacant property that I would...
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    Scale remover for glass jars

    Hey all. My property has very hard water and this even shows up in the bottles and jugs I use for storing syrup in. I know it's harmless but it looks awful to have that cloudy film son the inside. ...
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    I saw that here on MT, so I guess it's a...

    I saw that here on MT, so I guess it's a cross-post. Sounds intriguing, maybe once this season is done I'll try it.

    Thank gawd for enthusiastic clients...got one of them to agree to take the 42l...
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    Looks great Al! No wonder we haven't seen you on...

    Looks great Al! No wonder we haven't seen you on here much lately. And yeah, the nitre seems to hardly be a problem this year. Interesting.

    ETA: Groan....my trees have given me another beautiful...
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    Uh oh....I was out there in the Mammoth getting...

    Uh oh....I was out there in the Mammoth getting more firewood for Shack Whacky when I heard that telltale plinky noise. Yep, all my trees are wide-awake again and giving me nice clear sap....oh gawd...
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    Hehe no probs, better than last year when...

    Hehe no probs, better than last year when someone's autocorrect kept calling me Glenda!

    In terms of trees...all I can say is that when I saw the listing for me house, the words 'Mature maples'...
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