This year we started a new adventure of tapping our Maple trees for syrup. After going to a informational meeting in Sioux Falls about tapping Chris ordered the supplies and we started in March. The process of tapping the trees is simple but then you have to build an evaporator boil off the sap water. After many models Chris made something that would work. Here is the process in a nutshell!
First you gather supplies: 5 gallon buckets, tubing, spiles, drill, hammer and helpers. We went out in our grove on Saturday and put 12 more taps in 4 different maple trees. Chris used a drill to make a hole in a tree. You clean out the wood shavings out of the hole. On these trees it immediately started to drip once the hole was drilled.
Next you hammer in the spile and attach the tubing and run it to a bucket.
The next part of the process is the part that takes patience. You evaporate gallons and gallons of sap water. Usually the ratio is 40 gallons of sap water for 1 gallon of syrup. We are getting on average a gallon syrup for every 30 gallons of sap water. At best we can boil of about 4 gallons per hour.
The final process involves bringing in your almost syrup and boiling over the stove to 7 degrees above the boiling point of water. Then you can filter it through a fine syrup filter and Wholah! SYRUP! We are proud that now we can produce farm fresh eggs and Syrup of the Maloney Acreage. Total collection for this season so far is a little over 1.5 gallons.