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First Boil of 2023

February 11, 2023

  I had collected over 100 gallons of sap and concentrated it to 5% sugar using reverse osmosis, and the weather and my schedule were perfect for a Saturday boil. Having time to prepare everything on Friday, I got started at 7:00 am, and the pans were all boiling by 7:30 am.    C... (Read More)

The 2023 Maple Season Has Begun

February 7, 2023

The trees have been tapped for about a week, but the cold snap prevented any real production. The past few warm days have already resulted in over 55 gallons of sap, so it looks like we'll be boiling soon. Coco and the tap wagon.

Double Boil Weekend

March 7, 2022

I had collected nearly 200 gallons of sap and spent a few days using reverse osmosis to remove over half of the water needed to make syrup, but would still require a great deal of boiling. With some back-of-the-envelope calculations, and a decent weather report, I decided I would boil one batch on S... (Read More)

First Bottling of 2022

February 26, 2022

One indicator of reaching the syrup stage is the way it flows off a spoon like a sheet rather than a drip. I noticed this behavior when I poured off from the evaporator pans on Monday. A quick refractometer measurement showed 66 Brix, so I quickly brought things to a boil on the stove and filtered. ... (Read More)

First Boil of 2022

February 21, 2022

President's weekend is usually a good time to boil. Having collected over 80 gallons of sap, and running it through the reverse osmosis (RO) process, I picked Monday to boil since there was some questionable weather for the other days. Mike was ready to go at 8:00 AM, and Carol provided some bagels ... (Read More)

The 2022 Maple Season Has Begun

February 8, 2022

I usually tap on Super Bowl Sunday, but the conditions were irresistible. During a break from working from home, I strapped on a drill and a hammer, and ended up with a total of 31 taps. It's a great sign when the sap starts flowing right away. Depending on the weather, I should have enough sap to b... (Read More)

Third and Final Boil of 2021

March 13, 2021

Twenty six taps can provide a lot of sap, so in only a few days, I had enough for another boil. It was a beautiful Saturday, and lots of people stopped by to watch the process and drink beer. Shout-outs to Markus, Mike, Ray, Barry, Chris, and Jon. And special thank to Dannielle who provided some awe... (Read More)

Second Boil of 2021

March 10, 2021

Working from home during COVID has provided a lot more flexibility for making maple syrup. Instead of having to collect sap before going to work, or in the dark of night, I can wander out between meetings and tend to things in a more relaxed way. However, a boil day requires my full attention, and i... (Read More)

First Boil of 2021

March 1, 2021

I had a successful boil on Monday, March 1st. Mike was manning the pans and we operated like a well-oiled, socially-distant, machine, keeping a rolling boil all day. Over 60 gallons of concentrated sap were processed to around three gallons that I finished and bottled a few days later to nearly a... (Read More)

2021 Kickoff

February 28, 2021

A poorly titled announcement. Traditionally, I tap the trees on Super Bowl Sunday, but this year the temperature was below freezing until much later. I tapped 20 trees on February 16th, and a few of my neighbor Ray's trees a few days later. There were a few good days of sap running, and I've collect... (Read More)

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