Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surgarers, Start Your Engines

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.

Very cool!


  1. Drat! You beat me to the post. Thanks for helping.

  2. But not by much, it appears ;).

  3. Very cool! And what a great use for those cinder blocks.

  4. How smart of you to do it outside. We used to do it inside the house.

    Deus Ex Machina has a blog? I'll go check it out.