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    Default Making birch syrup

    Does anyone have tips on making birch syrup from start to finish? Pulled 100 taps from maple and tapped 100 birch.Will 100 taps be enough? If i can get enough sap how do you finish? Made 20 gallons of maple syrup and trees dried up and have lots of wood left and time.Thanks Vernon
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    We've been making it for several years and have written a manual on just how to do just that. Check out the classified ads part.
    We just put a handful in the mail today.
    Birch is as different from maple as night & day, different tree, sugars & end use.
    Birch is about 100 or 120 to 1 & glucose & fructose so you can't heat it over 100 deg C or you'll scorch it & make tar.

    Check our some of the other threads on Birch
    Ted T
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    planning for 250 Birch Trees
    D & G 2x6 Drop Flue Evaporator
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    How do I get a msnual? Vernon
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    can you make birch syrup with an ro? seems that would help with the low sugar
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    Send us an email & we can work out the details
    Ted T
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    D & G 2x6 Drop Flue Evaporator
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    Yes an RO defiantely helps in the birch world.
    Ted T
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    I was just wondering if the birch sap can handle a full boil up to 45 brix? All of my density equipment, (Hydrometers, Refractometers, Hydrotherm) Stop reading around 12-18 or start reading around 45. I wanted to pull the sap off the evaporator at a safe brix to not scorch it and transfer it to my double boiler set up. So if I can take it till it starts to read at 45 that would be ideal but I don't want to scorch it after all of this effort so far. We have about 120 trees tapped and I think I'll finally have enough sap tonight in a 24 hour period to justify cranking up the RO. Boiling .4 sap sucks!
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    I doubt that you can get anywhere near 45 even with an RO.
    We can get 25 to 30 max & we have to pull it off & finish on another heat source. Youll find that you have to drop your heat/fire down in the evaporator as the sugars concentrate & your efficiency in the evaporator goes out the window. Each setup is somewhat different so your pull off rate may be somewhere near 30. Then the slow finishing occurs.
    Youre getting close when you see little bubbles on the top of the syrup. You can go for hours & then burn it at the end which is quite discouraging, but you're not a true syrup maker until you've burned some, & I'm a syrup maker.
    Ted T
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    planning for 250 Birch Trees
    D & G 2x6 Drop Flue Evaporator
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    The way it is done in alaska by the "expert's expert" is on 10-12% sap through an RO it is brought to 224*F and drawn off at 67 Brix..

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    I also talked to a fellow in Ontario who had a large evaporator 4 x 10 or something with a ceramic blanket on oil who ran his pans very shallow & got 60 deg brix on the evaporator. Again every operation is different & you need to work with what you've got.
    Ted T
    BC, Canada
    Kubota 3400 4x4 Tractor
    planning for 250 Birch Trees
    D & G 2x6 Drop Flue Evaporator
    www.moosemeadowsfarm.ca
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