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Tapping a Maple Tree in the Suburbs

 
Jimbo Shepherd
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I think it took my all of about 5 minutes to set this up.   Get a food grade bucket (I got it at Lowes) ordered a Maple Syrup tap kit from amazon ($20) and needed a 5/16th drill bit to drill the hole.  Wow! So easy! Maple Syrup here I come.  I'm also kinda looking forward to just drinking the tree water before I boil down the sap to make syrup.  Should have done this years ago.  This is a Silver maple tree and not a sugar Maple.   You can get syrup from a bunch of different trees like sycamore or even a walnut tree!  so cool!

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Full shot of the contracption
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The Spile(tap)
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Tj Jefferson
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Jimbo, I am interested in how durable the equipment seems to be. It seems like a good project, but I hate buying equipment I would only be able to use a couple times. What is your take on it?
 
Kevin Goheen
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I think this is great, unfortunately from many sources I have read it takes about 50 gallons of maple water to equal 1 gallon of syrup. However the maple water is really good for you, its a natural sugared water and it nice if you need a boost in the woods. Just make sure you use it relatively soon as the natural sugar causes it to become a home for bacteria after leaving the tree.
 
Jimbo Shepherd
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Tj Jefferson wrote:Jimbo, I am interested in how durable the equipment seems to be. It seems like a good project, but I hate buying equipment I would only be able to use a couple times. What is your take on it?


TJ, to early to tell on the durability.   I just started.  I imagine a metal tap / spile would would be a whole lot more durable but also more expensive.  Start small and test the waters (or syrup) and see if you like it and that won't cost you much and its a pretty cool project at a time of the year when not much is growing anyway.
 
Russell Olson
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I have a similar setup for my maple trees, my equipment is going on 5 or 6 seasons. Clean the tubing and taps well at the end, and if you stack buckets make sure they are dry and add a piece of scrap wood or something to the bottom  to separate them so they don't get stuck together.
I also tap silver maples, I would actually say the flavor is better than sugar maples personally, lighter, more honeylike. I've done walnut syrup before, the ration is much higher, close to 1:100 I would guess, and the flavor was ok, not special. Almost like a dark maple syrup with an off taste. I got maybe a few ounces from 10 gallons.
I might suggest you check the depth of your taps into the tree if it doesn't flow, they look a little deep to me.
Good Luck! We're flowing in MN now too, earliest i've ever seen it personally, though I said that last year too.
 
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