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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Middlesex Vermont

    Default Keeping Concentrate

    Due to the virus out break I may not be able to get back to my property where I sugar for 2 weeks. I have close to 4 gallons that just needs to be thicken some stored in 2 pots in my basement which is about 38 degrees. I also had drained evaporator and have 2 large pots approx. 6 gallons that will probably boil down to 2 gallons in the end. Normally I have only stored this type of product for a couple days. But now I am looking at two weeks. Any idea if this will be ok?
    110 taps W.F Mason 2x3 and two turkey friers for finishing

    2011 expanding to a Mason 2x4 with a blower increasing taps to about 200
    2011 Hurricane Irene rips thru my small sugar bush cost me to lose 20% of taps
    2014 I have reworked my lines for 2014
    32 taps on 5/16 line with check valves
    57 taps on 3/16 line with check valves
    55 buckets with total tapped trees of 144

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Harvard, MA


    I feel your pain. I lost 15 of sweet drained from my back pan into 5g buckets last week, in 4 days it was gone. There was no sap during that time so my only option would have been to boil it all down like end of season, as I donít have a fridge or freezer big enough to hold it. Temps in my sugar shack would have ranged from 35 to 55, which was enough to turn the Sweet into globby goop. The 4 gallons of almost syrup however in my front pan survived just fine. If your temps stay at 38 constant maybe youíll fare better. Iím not sure.
    Still a newbie after 3 seasons.
    2016: 20 taps on buckets, 4 gallons made on a borrowed 2x3 steel arch.
    2017: 32 taps on buckets, 8 gallons of syrup, on a "loaner" Lapierre 19x48 Mini-Pro loaned by a friend. Makeshift 8x8 sugar shack.
    2018: 80 taps with 3 new neighbors on tubing. New 10x12 sugar shack, Lapierre Jr 2x5 evaporator. Made 17 gallons, Sold around 5 gallons of syrup.
    2019: 100 taps, 60 tapped on Feb 21. Added a small RO.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Loudon NH


    If it's only a couple of points away from being syrup it should be okay. If it's like flue pan sap I don't think so.

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

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