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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    So looking at my maples I noticed my silvers are in full bud/almost bloom, but the few sugars I have are just now showing some swelling buds.. Seeing as we've had some cold weather these past few days (it was -3/4 in Ottawa the other night) is anyone still getting good sap from their sugar maples?
    My reds are only just starting to bud. Sugar maple buds still closed up tight but no fear, I'll be still be doing lots of raking in the fall!

    Pulled my spiles April 7th, would never dream of re-drilling and tapping all over again. My trees have done their work for the year.
    Been tapping since 2008. I make lame jokes about tapping, sugarbushes etc ;-)
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    My reds are only just starting to bud. Sugar maple buds still closed up tight but no fear, I'll be still be doing lots of raking in the fall!

    Pulled my spiles April 7th, would never dream of re-drilling and tapping all over again. My trees have done their work for the year.
    Oh no I wouldn't suggest re-drilling.. was just wondering if anyone is still pulling in sap or not..
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    2022 -30 trees -24 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1,530 L sap; Syrup count: TBD
    2021 -29 trees -23 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1240 L sap; 34.5L of syrup
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 L sap; 27.1L Syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 L sap; 22.2L Syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 L sap; 18 L Syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 L sap; 1.5 L Syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    Oh no I wouldn't suggest re-drilling.. was just wondering if anyone is still pulling in sap or not..
    Ah ok. BTW how goes the birch tapping?
    Been tapping since 2008. I make lame jokes about tapping, sugarbushes etc ;-)
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup

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    Finally pulling taps today. Boiled yesterday for hours with only one miserable draw yet day before was best production all season, took bulk tank almost dry so fill-up overnight seems to be low sugar content. Out of bottles as well so all good. Had to store some production in bucket so best guess is around 1.4 L syrup per tap for season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    Ah ok. BTW how goes the birch tapping?
    I made a small batch just by boiling gently every day on the stove (birch sap spoils easily as it flows when it's warm). Burnt my last batch but I have about a L+ of nearup in the fridge that I'm going to finish this weekend. In hindsight I should have just kept the few buckets on the sugars like I usually do for end of season boiling on the stove.

    It's a different taste.. not something to put on pancakes in my opinion.. the taste has mellowed when it cooled down, but when I sampled it hot it had a worchestershire sauce like flavour.. so i figure BBQ's and stir-frys will benefit from this.. I don't think I'll do it again though.. much prefer the maple..
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    2022 -30 trees -24 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1,530 L sap; Syrup count: TBD
    2021 -29 trees -23 vacuum, 6 buckets. ~1240 L sap; 34.5L of syrup
    2020 -30 trees 32 taps. ~900 L sap; 27.1L Syrup.
    2019 -27 trees 31 taps. ~725 L sap; 22.2L Syrup.
    2018 -19 Trees 20 taps. ~750 L sap; 18 L Syrup
    2017 -4 trees 4 taps. ~60 L sap; 1.5 L Syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulslund View Post
    ...It's a different taste.. not something to put on pancakes in my opinion.. the taste has mellowed when it cooled down, but when I sampled it hot it had a worchestershire sauce like flavour.. so i figure BBQ's and stir-frys will benefit from this.. I don't think I'll do it again though.. much prefer the maple..
    Yeah I tried tapping my Manitoba maples one yeat, def not worth it just for slightly different flavour. I understand birch syrup is big in Scandinavian countries, but then so are all kinds of weird pickled fish dishes ;-)
    Been tapping since 2008. I make lame jokes about tapping, sugarbushes etc ;-)
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio
    2020 - 18 taps/8 trees...890.04l sap...gave away about 170l, 30l snafu'd....23l total for me from approx 690l
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup
    2022 - 18 taps/8 trees....7 sugars 1 red due to #2 having surgery so had the season off....582l sap, 18.5l syrup

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