What the sap! Day 6 – Sap Collection
So apparently the Maple Gods turned on the sap tap. I now have 35 buckets and probably brought in 40 to 45 gallons of sap!
That’s far too much sap for me to process at in my current situation. I believe I was thinking about boiling nightly when I did my calculations and didn’t realize how much effort that was going to be. I did. I just forgot. Like a woman having her second child somehow forgetting how painful the first one was…
So here I am trying to figure out how to handle this. Time to tweak the RO machine and aim for that 3:1 mixture.
I replaced the 5 micron filter and immediately noticed that the hose shook less. Making mental note. Shaking of the hose = time to change the filter.
I brought in a bigger barrel for the water so I could just let it run. It’s going to need to run for ~ 8 hours I figure. Will set my alarm tonight for early morning and shut it down or check on the progress.
Initial sap reading: 2.5%
RO concentrate reading: 7%
Close enough to that 3:1 number that I’m not going to complain. At 7% sap, I should end up with 12.25 gallons of concentrate for 1 gallon of syrup.