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    Still sugaring in Ashby

    Hi, the sap flowed again today here in Ashby. It started late in the day. We've got too much sap, it flowed even during the windy days, and it was too warm, we've tossed what didn't get processed. ...
  2. Thread: The Maple Hut

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    >>"wow 70 taps on a half pint you must be busy i...

    >>"wow 70 taps on a half pint you must be busy i have boiled on one for years and i run maybe 45 taps and i cant keep up whats your secret, you have a blower on it "


    I work from home, so i can...
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    Sap flowing in ashby

    It's been running pretty good in Ashby, we bottled 3 gallons of syrup saturday. And, we had several 22 gallon collection barrels in the woods that were mostly full, we let them freeze over the last...
  4. Thread: The Maple Hut

    by David531
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    Hi from Ashby, we've got maybe 80 taps out, it's...

    Hi from Ashby, we've got maybe 80 taps out, it's been flowing good, we've got too much sap for our little Half Pint evaporator. Hopefully get thru it all by Sunday, but there's more comming i...
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    We put in about 40 taps 3 wks ago, it flowed a...

    We put in about 40 taps 3 wks ago, it flowed a bit, not enough to run the evap, let it freeze in 2 barrels over that really cold zeroF weekend nites, got some nice concentrate in the center, and just...
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    Hi from Ashby, We got about 40 taps in today,...

    Hi from Ashby, We got about 40 taps in today, all sugarmaples, it flowed pretty good. If it flows tomorrow, we'll start the evaporator. The sap is somewhat sweet, don't have a sugarmeter, should...
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    tapping half our sugarmaples today - Ashby Massachusetts

    HI,

    We're going to put in a few holes this morning and if it flows, we're going to tap half our sugarmaples now, and keep the rest in our pocket for the not so certain spring. So that's about 50...
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    Buddy smell coming off the evaporator, we've...

    Buddy smell coming off the evaporator, we've started pulling taps. There are 3 collection points with barrels, and the kids say the sap at 2 taste off, but one is still nice n sweet, so they're...
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    You could describe it as musty, it's an 'off'...

    You could describe it as musty, it's an 'off' odor, not pleasant. I think it's an indication that the tree is budding, and there's some "other" stuff coming up with the sap.

    When it is...
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    Still in the Game

    Incredible flow today, evaporator fired all day, no buddie smell yet, maybe we'll go thru the weekend. But we're running out of wood, had the kids scouting for firewood, lots of stuff just need to...
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    Still flowing in Ashby

    Monday March 29th 2011

    The kids pulled over 80 gallons of sap out of the woods after school, so we're still in the game. I didn't think it would flow with the wind. It's gonna be windy again...
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    Flowing in Ashby - finally

    We got a few small batches last half of February, fancy grade for making candy. Then some fits n starts for a few more gallons, but finally the other day we had a big run and today. We've got more...
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    Boiling Birch Sap

    Hi Birch Tapper,

    So the lighter a boil the better, maybe a "boil" is too harsh. It sounds like a smallish fire in the arch and gently steam away from beginning to end.? Is it that sensitive even...
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    Pretty Slow Flow here in Ashby MA

    We're just barely running our half pint, we've drawn off 3 times, put up about 7 gallons so far. The long range forecast on weather.com doesn't look good.
    We're going to try doing birch syrup...
  15. Thread: Birch Syrup

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    Birch Syrup

    Birch Tappers,

    What do you think about a large double boiler for finishing the birch syrup.
    We do most of it on the evaporator. We have tried finishing the birch using propane a few times, but...
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    Burnt

    Hi BC,

    Will do, thanks.

    Still pretty strong, maybe burnt, it's been hard to find the time to watch it, with lambs coming and burning brush etc... trying to beat the bugs, they'll be here any...
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    Birch

    Hi BC,

    Well, I think I burned it, got it too hot at the finishing. Tastes terrible.

    I've got another batch we'll probably finish Sunday, just have to keep a sharp eye on the temp.

    It's been...
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    Birch tapping

    Hi BC,

    Yes, there is something about eating from the wild, and it's sometimes a bit gamie, but with patience, we can often tame it. We don't sell the syrup, it costs too much to sell. We think...
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    Black Birch running in Ashby

    Hi,

    The black birch started running this past monday. We had 6 observation taps in, put 10 more in monday. The sap ran big overnite, the 3 x 20 galon barrels are full today. We drew off the...
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