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  1. #151
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lespetras View Post


    And Galena, you've finally made some! That's great, still tastes like marshmallows you said? I actually went out and purchased a small sample of pure maple syrup from the grocery store to taste test for a real good comparison. And I can't believe how much better ours is... I'm not going to be able to go back... Like ever! It's crazy the difference!

    Oh and our sugar content is finally increasing... Last batch 2.4%.. Yay!

    Lesley
    Once you get bit by the maple bug you will never want to stop making it for yourself.
    140 on 3/16 gravity 2018 and 120 sap sacks
    14 x 20 sugar shack
    2014 New custom 2x6 arch "The Firestorm" w/ preheater, AUF & AOF
    Smokey Lake pans and water jacket bottler
    Just a hobby but seems like more work every year
    No chickens or dogs
    Wife that guards our syrup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lespetras View Post
    ....And Galena, you've finally made some! That's great, still tastes like marshmallows you said? I actually went out and purchased a small sample of pure maple syrup from the grocery store to taste test for a real good comparison. And I can't believe how much better ours is... I'm not going to be able to go back... Like ever! It's crazy the difference!

    Oh and our sugar content is finally increasing... Last batch 2.4%.. Yay!

    Lesley
    Ended up with 1150ml of my first batch, and 700ml of the virgin bush. What didn't go through the respective filters made its way into my salvage jar - no way am I chucking a filter caked up with even 50ml of my liquid gold!!

    And yes, my first batch is insanely marshmallowy. Ridiculous! :-) The virgin batch is, too, but not nearly as pronounced. And yes, the stuff from grocery stores will never taste as good again, it's blended from so many different sources that it's almost...dare I say it?...bland.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    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 some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgambit View Post
    I'm at the very west end of Holmes Rd, about a kilometer from Loughborough Lake.
    Same road as Fruition, know where you're at now, not far from us at Rideau Acres Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lespetras View Post
    I am on Washburn road!! This is our first year.. I think we've done okay. To date we have made close to 8 litres of syrup! It's crazy how different our sap flow is when we live in the same area.. like you've collected 40 gallons and we have collected close to 100 gallons. To date 357 litres on 30 trees. Perhaps just early in the season and your flow will increase?

    Also, Vandy.. That is an amazing batch of syrup you have, congratulations!



    And Galena, you've finally made some! That's great, still tastes like marshmallows you said? I actually went out and purchased a small sample of pure maple syrup from the grocery store to taste test for a real good comparison. And I can't believe how much better ours is... I'm not going to be able to go back... Like ever! It's crazy the difference!

    Oh and our sugar content is finally increasing... Last batch 2.4%.. Yay!

    Lesley
    Hey Lesley,

    Yeah, seems to be alot of differences regardless of territory. Seems you're tapping twice the trees though and I don't have any Sugars so that's likely the difference there. If you're going by will likely see me boiling off in the back yard on Sunday!

    I turkey hunt on Washburn Rd so know where you're at with the apple orchard on the corner..

    Turkey John

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    Ok, after looking at various linkies showing how to calculate sugar content, I've decided that The Rule of 86 is too confusing, esp as I collect in litres, not gallons, be they Imperial or US.

    So I've invented The Rule of Galena, and I think it's pretty danged close to what the Ro86 would give me. This is how I worked it: # of l of sap collected x 1000, divided by the number of actual mls made into finished syrup, and move the decimal over one place to the left.

    So for the virgin bush, that works out to: 19.8l sap x 1000 = 19800 / 700mls syrup = 28.2. Move the decimal one place to the left and I get 2.8% sugar content.
    For my home bush: 38.1l sap x 1000 = 38100 / 1250mls syrup = 30.48 works out to 3.0% sugar content.

    What say the rest of you? Want to get out the calculators and see if I'm close? Of course if I'm wildly off too, feel free to say so :-)
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    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 some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurkeyJohn View Post
    Hey Lesley,

    Yeah, seems to be alot of differences regardless of territory. Seems you're tapping twice the trees though and I don't have any Sugars so that's likely the difference there. If you're going by will likely see me boiling off in the back yard on Sunday!

    I turkey hunt on Washburn Rd so know where you're at with the apple orchard on the corner..

    Turkey John
    Too funny! My husband also turkey hunts on Washburn road!! I think we are probably running in the same circles as most of the hunters up this way know each other!
    Lesley
    2 acres of sugar maples. Woodburning arch with small evaporator and propane burners with steamer pans Year 5.

    2015 - 35 taps on 30 trees. 1556 L sap and 44L syrup!
    2016 - 42 taps on 40 trees. 2274 L sap and 64L syrup!
    2017 - 37 taps on 36 trees. 1573 L sap and 47L syrup!
    2018 - 33 taps on 32 trees. 2314 L sap and 53L syrup!
    2019 - 30 taps on 29 trees. 1640L sap and 51 L syrup!
    2020 - 31 taps on 30 trees. 760 L + stopped counting sap and 25 L syrup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galena View Post
    Ok, after looking at various linkies showing how to calculate sugar content, I've decided that The Rule of 86 is too confusing, esp as I collect in litres, not gallons, be they Imperial or US.

    So I've invented The Rule of Galena, and I think it's pretty danged close to what the Ro86 would give me. This is how I worked it: # of l of sap collected x 1000, divided by the number of actual mls made into finished syrup, and move the decimal over one place to the left.

    So for the virgin bush, that works out to: 19.8l sap x 1000 = 19800 / 700mls syrup = 28.2. Move the decimal one place to the left and I get 2.8% sugar content.
    For my home bush: 38.1l sap x 1000 = 38100 / 1250mls syrup = 30.48 works out to 3.0% sugar content.

    What say the rest of you? Want to get out the calculators and see if I'm close? Of course if I'm wildly off too, feel free to say so :-)
    Galena, your formula is genius! This is how I often view math...
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    Lesley
    2 acres of sugar maples. Woodburning arch with small evaporator and propane burners with steamer pans Year 5.

    2015 - 35 taps on 30 trees. 1556 L sap and 44L syrup!
    2016 - 42 taps on 40 trees. 2274 L sap and 64L syrup!
    2017 - 37 taps on 36 trees. 1573 L sap and 47L syrup!
    2018 - 33 taps on 32 trees. 2314 L sap and 53L syrup!
    2019 - 30 taps on 29 trees. 1640L sap and 51 L syrup!
    2020 - 31 taps on 30 trees. 760 L + stopped counting sap and 25 L syrup!

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    Has anyone in the east end of the province get a decent run yet? One small one here only Monday, maybe today, but still seems cold.
    120 buckets, and 18x48 Dom.Grimm pan, 14X24 preheater pan ;10gph

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesegenie View Post
    Has anyone in the east end of the province get a decent run yet? One small one here only Monday, maybe today, but still seems cold.
    Well, Cornwall is right on the ST Lawrence Seaway, and seas are always kinda cold, so wouldn't surprise me if you get a late run. I'm up the road aways from you, things have been really sporadic this month. I expect April to be really good.

    ETA: Lesley, that maff thing is PRICELESS! No wonder I was no good at it in school.
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    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 some away, some snafu'd....23l total for me from more like 690l all told
    2021 - 18 taps/8 trees...395l sap, 12 l syrup

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    Bit of a run today, not enough worth picking up, an inch or so the buckets.
    120 buckets, and 18x48 Dom.Grimm pan, 14X24 preheater pan ;10gph

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