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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 to fuel us as we fueled the fire, and in no time we had all pans boiling. Mike is now a pro, so I put him in charge of his six-hour shift.

Carol, Coco, and Mike

Markus always knows when the time is right to boil, and his timing was even more perfect when he came by at beer o'clock to lend a hand. Sam and Brandon were first-time visitors, wisely coming near the end of the process to witness the final consolidation along with the long shadows of the afternoon.

Markus, Sam, and Brandon

The yield was nearly two gallons that I will finish and bottle another day. Coco and I were tuckered out from a long day in the beautiful outdoors.


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