The process is not too bad, you drill a hole with the drill and then use a hammer to tap the tapper into the tree. There is a hook that goes on the tapper that holds the bucket below the tap and a cover that attaches to the top of the tapper and all you do is hang the bucket and the sap drips into the bucket. It was fun to check the progress of the sap collection. My book suggested that the buckets be emptied daily and the sap strained and stored until it is boiled to evaporate the water and concentrate the syrup.
Today it was warm out and my sap collecting went a little faster. Tonight when I emptied the bucket there was enough to fill a gallon milk jug and a second container that was probably another half gallon. The book suggested boiling the sap at least once a week but I am not really prepared to store large quantities of sap and to cook those same large quantities. In typical setups the sap boils for hours usually outdoors and often over a wood fire. I will plan to boil my syrup in small batches and if it goes really well perhaps next year have a bigger setup for making the syrup. My trees are large enough according to the book to use three taps per tree and that would greatly increase the amount of sap that could be collected. My understanding is that it takes about 40 parts of sap to get one part of syrup.
|my lone bucket on the tree|
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