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  1. Thread: 2019

    by billschi
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    I just pulled all my birch and remaining maple...

    I just pulled all my birch and remaining maple taps. It's tough sugaring in northern MN. I yielded 20 gallons of maple and about 13 gallons of birch. All in all the best of the four years since I...
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    The important thing is to have a way adjust the...

    The important thing is to have a way adjust the amount of air, either with varying the motor speed or choking off the airflow. With my flat pans, I kept the fan speed to where the sap maintained...
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    Here's what I came up with for my birch syrup. I...

    Here's what I came up with for my birch syrup.
    I needed to maintain a temperature under 200 F to not burn the sugars in birch. I used a Bucket Head wet/dry vac. The hose was placed on the blower...
  4. Thread: 2019

    by billschi
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    I'm getting the best run in 4 years. This is the...

    I'm getting the best run in 4 years. This is the first time evry tree is running. Tomorrow I will be running both evaporators. The root cellar is holding 120 gallons overnight at 40F. Tomorrow I...
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    This is the bubbler I made for my flat pan....

    This is the bubbler I made for my flat pan.
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    Here's a video of the aerator in action....

    Here's a video of the aerator in action.
    https://youtu.be/wAHlbYT4oxM
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    I made an aerator for the pan to make birch syrup...

    I made an aerator for the pan to make birch syrup this year.
    I am still in maple syrup season and will try it out on 40 gallons of maple sap tomorrow.
    I made these with BBQ grill burners and bath...
  8. I have 80 acres. I can tap 3-400 trees if I could...

    I have 80 acres. I can tap 3-400 trees if I could access them. I started with 35 taps 4 years ago. I tapped 235 last year. I built two evaporators and now use them both. One is a 2'x4' and the other...
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    We will be using ours for making maple and birch...

    We will be using ours for making maple and birch syrup. We also make spruce tip, raspberry, blueberry, chamomile and sarsaparilla syrups. We forage off our land to make all sorts of jams and jellies...
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    I've boiled a couple of times and got some more...

    I've boiled a couple of times and got some more work done on the sugar shack. I have a 2'x4' and a 2'x6' evaporator on one end of the building. I have just enough tin on it to keep the rain off me. I...
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    I cooked the cinnamon sticks in the syrup for...

    I cooked the cinnamon sticks in the syrup for about 15 minutes. I was then able to cut them with a scissors.
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    Put in 57 taps yesterday. The trees just woke up....

    Put in 57 taps yesterday. The trees just woke up. Only 10 gallons of sap collected from the south facing hills in 6 hours. The are running much better than last year.
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    Built the cupola on the sugar shack. I think...

    Built the cupola on the sugar shack.
    I think the sap should start flowing by the weekend.
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    This looks like something I can build. Do you...

    This looks like something I can build. Do you have a material list? Thanks for the post.
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    Walls completed and roof trusses are up. A couple...

    Walls completed and roof trusses are up. A couple of friends came over to give me a hand today.
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    The next picture you can see the entrance to the root cellar under the sugar shack.
    The...
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    Getting the walls put up on the sugar shack...

    Getting the walls put up on the sugar shack potion of the building.
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    An update. After a long winter with about 70...

    An update.
    After a long winter with about 70 days of sub zero weather, it has finally warmed up to the 30's. I know I won't be able to complete the sugar shack before the sap runs but I hope to...
  18. Thread: Air Injection

    by billschi
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    I built an air injection for my 2x6 pan last...

    I built an air injection for my 2x6 pan last year. I did buy a wet vac to fit over a 5 gallon bucket. I built it with copper tubing. It worked well until I used it for birch sap. All my sap turned...
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    I picked up three shipping containers for $1700...

    I picked up three shipping containers for $1700 each to be a foundation for my garage. They are great to work with because you can weld tabs anywhere on them. All you need to do is weld tabs on it to...
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    What do you use for a pump to inject the air?

    What do you use for a pump to inject the air?
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    Just went out to the woods last week. Snowshoes...

    Just went out to the woods last week. Snowshoes were the only option as the snow was waist deep.
    The good news is, I had to use the skid steer to move some snow and the ground underneath was not...
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    Was there a drying cycle with the autoclaves? Or...

    Was there a drying cycle with the autoclaves? Or do you think air drying after is sufficient?
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    Interesting thread. I searched this out for...

    Interesting thread. I searched this out for proper procedure of sterilizing my SS taps. I was quite surprised that just boiling them wasn't good enough. Dr Tim's response confused me a bit only...
  24. Thread: Maple cream

    by billschi
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    What is considered a good machine?

    What is considered a good machine?
  25. Thread: Maple cream

    by billschi
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    [QUOTE=Sugarmaker;360404]Jake, For cream it...

    [QUOTE=Sugarmaker;360404]Jake,

    For cream it helps to have a good machine too.

    What type of machine do you use?
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