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Old February 9th, 2018, 12:45 PM
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Dan here, we have 75 taps, though lots more trees that we could tap in the future. We are mostly hobbyists, though are licensed and sell a few gallons a year to supplement our other tree farm activities.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 02:55 PM
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Old March 15th, 2018, 06:43 PM
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Due to getting older and illness had to sell our farm about 2 years ago. Had a 15 acre sugarbush. Tubing on vac. All off grid homestead we built ourselves. Real hard giving it up. Have a small ranch in a small rural village. 4 mature maples. Hard to get used to no land and people. Ron decided to tap and we got a little propane fish fryer. 6 taps and he's busy every day boiling. Made over a gallon of light. Never had that with our farm trees. Flavor is good but cant compare to our farm. Will be working this year on the yard to plant lots of shrubs and trees. A tiny pond. Garden. At least we have farm fields across the road. Miss my chickens.
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Old March 15th, 2018, 06:57 PM
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Welcome, nice to have you over here at s.b.i. Your making syrup and thats a good thing.
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Old March 16th, 2018, 11:15 AM
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Thanks! We've finally had sap moving this past week after much cold and very snowy weather. Doing some boiling now, loving the sweet smell!
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Old March 17th, 2018, 09:58 AM
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Hi, I'm just a backyard tapper, 10 to 15 taps with buckets, looking to learn more. This is my 3rd year tapping, would like to have more taps but time sort of restricts me.i hope you don't mind me asking some questions,hope I am in the right forum, seems most of you are big time producers.
The whole point of this website is to share maple info and make some friends. A little entertainment mixed in never hurts either. You will find people visiting this site range from 10's of 1000's of taps to having not yet tapped their first tree (but want to) so you are certainly in the right place. Welcome aboard.
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Old March 17th, 2018, 01:11 PM
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Thanks! We've finally had sap moving this past week after much cold and very snowy weather. Doing some boiling now, loving the sweet smell!
Cornhusker... if you haven't already done so could you add your location to the maple producers map - Sugarbush.Info - Googlemap . It's always interesting to see folks added outside the traditional maple belt. As far as silver maples go your syrup will be just fine. Only real issue with silvers is that your season will be about two weeks shorter than hard maples. Watch for the red blossoms to start expanding then pull the taps before the sap stops running to prevent off flavour.
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Old April 12th, 2018, 11:54 AM
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Hi!
I am new at this, love maple syrup on everything.
I am a back yard “sugarer”, 2 maples and 6 taps.
I am getting 10-12 gallons of sap per day...I read everywhere that the average per season is about 10-18 gallons per season per tap...what gives?
Any help would be appreciated?

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Old April 12th, 2018, 12:03 PM
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Welcome Danisimo. First part is it's a very very good season here in Ontario and second I am willing to bet you are tapping either yard or road side trees which have nice wide branches. Maples with lots of room around them, typical of a yard tree, will always be heavy sap producers.
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Old April 12th, 2018, 12:09 PM
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Welcome Danisimo. First part is it's a very very good season here in Ontario and second I am willing to bet you are tapping either yard or road side trees which have nice wide branches. Maples with lots of room around them, typical of a yard tree, will always be heavy sap producers.
Indeed I am. 2 trees on our small 1/4 acre lot in a village. I have been using wood stove to boil, and boil... lol I signed up for maybe a litre of syrup for season currently at 8 and counting!
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