Running Tap Lines

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Russman
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Running Tap Lines

Postby Russman » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:11 pm

Yup tap not trap, for NJ good rule is month of February.
Last year was my 1st attempt, came out good although watery and smoky. Not so good on pancakes but boy I made some killer sweet and sweaty wings with it.
I started with 100 gallons of sap and wound up with about 1.5 gallons of syrup.
This year I will be reducing with a propane fire and will cook longer to allow to thicken up more.
Fun hobby and pretty neat to watch pretty much water turn into something that will rot your teeth. Lol
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Russman
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Re: Running Tap Lines

Postby Russman » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:15 pm

Trees had a real good run for few days when temperature was high during day and freezing at nite. Two days in a row of 15 gallons of maple sap and 5 of blackwalnut sap.
I had collected about 40 gallons before that and have been trying to reduce each night to save some space.
However my idea of reducing with propane was a bust and will coast a fortune.
I may have gone little extreme on taps and the turkey fryer only took 25 gallons down to 15, and the 20lbs tank was done.
So onto YouTube and some searching to start making an evaporator.
My goal was free, and used stuff I had around, old 55 gallon stove kit I found in woods by my house, and a new 55 gallon drum I got from work. Cut and used all the scraps from the top to weld all together, stove pipe was also already had.
Only purchase made was a second hotel pan which cost $26 and should be arriving tomorrow.
The whole unit is sealed and will have a 10' stack on it so smoke flavor should be non existing
More pics to come as we go.
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Russman
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Re: Running Tap Lines

Postby Russman » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:43 pm

Huston we have a problem! Definitely making heat, but not keeping enough in, will be adding some sort of dampner or heat shield in tomorrow to help keep heat in to maximize cooking
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