We set-up ten taps last weekend. Today, we drilled the other five taps. I even got behind the drill for one of them, and as the drill reached the right depth, it was the coolest thing in the world to see the sap actually start running. As soon as we put in the tap and hung the bucket, it started filling up ... one drip at a time.
So, the trees are tapped, and the sap is flowing.
Today, Deus Ex Machina and the son-in-law (henceforth know as Mr. Field & Stream) spent the afternoon boiling sap out in the backyard.
Our set-up couldn't be much more primitive than this.
It's boiled outside until we're down to about a gallon (or until it's too dark out to see ;), and we bring it inside to finish it off.
Just shy of one and a half quarts from about eleven gallons of sap.