This is just a quick run down and video on how to use the CDL Reverse Osmosis and how I used it as a hobbyist. Since I don't filter my sap when I pour it into my containers (speeds up the process, especially if you have bits of frozen sap), I added an extra filter bag to my intake line. Extra filter on intake line - maple pre-filter Sap and sap concentrate What I then do is add that line to my sap container and put my concentrate line back into the same sap container. This will allow me the time to build it up to the % concentrate that I wish for my sap to be - I aim…

The final tally is: 9 gallons of syrup. Overall was a good year to make syrup, but not great for the production I had hoped. 50 taps at 1/4 of syrup a tap should be 12.5 gallons. I didn't even make the bare minimum when it comes to production standards. I need to move away from some of my lower producing tress/taps and onto better pastures and not just tap them because they are there and convenient. The new Reverse Osmosis was a hit! I was able to get 7+% sugar in less than an hour instead of waiting and running it overnight. The new pan and guarding of the pan also worked real well, but fell short when I…

Using maple sap (aka maple water) as a sports drink isn't anything new. Here is an article back from 2014 proclaiming this: https://www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition-recipes/maple-water-the-next-natural-energy-drink Ever since the coconut water craze, which I believe has come and gone, other products were looking to jump on the bandwagon. The Maple Industry was one and it also had the product. Maple sap has natural sugars, and perfectly suited as a recovery drink. I have the sap, I have the RO to get even sugar content... Why the Reverse Osmosis? I figure this is the best way to get to a consistent 3% sugar content and also because it will be filtered through the pre-filter giving me a cleaner product that I can jar. I'm…

The bond between a dog and their owner is a bond that rivals the love for your own child. An unspoken bond, really a one way conversation, one where somewhere in the back of your mind you hope they speak back. I asked and you gave me everything you could. I wanted you to see one more snow fall, and you did. I wanted you to take one more swim, and you did. I wanted you to see one more birthday, and you did. I wanted you to enjoy one more time in the sun and you did. I kept asking and you kept on delivering. In the end I just couldn't ask for more time despite wanting it. You…

It has turned into a great year for maple syrup production. The year started strong but quickly went into a constant pattern of poor weather: Too cold, too windy, snowing, raining, etc. There were a few days in a row the gusts were recorded at 30 mph and I'm pretty sure I have a bucket or two that some squirrel is now using as a nesting site. No idea where they went so the buckets were replaced. I've come close to perfecting my bottling. I finish the syrup and pour it into a glass container. Unfiltered syrup I then set up the filter and prefilter in this interesting wire rack setup made to maximize your use of the area on…

The sap season is going strong. Had a few windy days that knocked over my tent to the point where this will be the last year it gets used. I have it patched up enough to get through the season, but there will be no folding it back to where it fits in a box. Oh well. Pop up tent - before the storm I believe I lost 3 or 4 buckets during the same wind storm. Replaced the buckets, rehung all the ones that I could find, and had to put the taps back into the trees as most came off with the lid. For some good news I collected 50 gallons of sap the next day. I'm also…

This past Sunday - February 20th - I put in my 50 taps to prepare for maple syrup season. Even got a few drops of sap in the buckets while doing so! The weather this week is looking to be perfect: Above freezing days and below freezing nights. I'm hoping to have enough sap by mid week to try out the new reverse osmosis. Sap buckets aka Sap Traps! I have the odd habit of calling my sap buckets, sap traps. No idea why? It rhymes and makes me smile I suppose. Maple Trees I've been thinking of adding 15 to 25 more taps this season. If the reverse osmosis works as well as advertised, I would be well advised…

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