Still drawing off Grade-A Amber in April. Between improving our processing techniques and the cooler weather this spring we’ve only made one barrel of very dark syrup, and most of the dark we’ve bottled was just a hair away from being graded amber. Sap is now filtered three times, first at the releaser, second while pumping into the holding tanks, third before entering the reverse osmosis, and then again after it’s been boiled down to syrup. We usually concentrate our sap from around 1.5% sugar to 5%, then a second pass takes it up to 18% and it’s boiled to 67% immediately at a very fast boil rate. All of this ensures minimal time for bacteria to split the sucrose molecules into fructose+glucose and just the right amount of caramelization for the perfect flavor/color combination. Now enough about the process/science and a video of some fresh syrup we boiled Friday!
Received our US Trademark in the mail! Amazon gives extra privileges to companies that are registered, we no longer have to worry about another seller hijacking our listing with counterfeit product and we now have additional privileges. April 3rd and still making syrup, bottled 400 half gallons of amber yesterday along with filling a drum!
Two years ago we finished with very dark syrup on March 15th. Last year we finished with commercial grade on the 28th. This year we bottled 108 gallons of amber on the 31st with a promising forecast coming up. Lets hope we make it by the 61° temps Tuesday and into the freeze/thaw cycle later in the week!
These greenhouses were recently constructed to insulate the sap releasers and prevent ice building up inside, allowing optimal sap collection.
The electrical heat cable will work in tandem with the sun’s rays to keep it warm in the mornings before temperatures rise to above freezing. Usually the heat from our vacuum pump warms the releasers, but these two are in remote locations.
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This summer we plumbed 6,000 gallons worth of overflow tanks because we knew we’d have at least one run like last night. Our live webcams show nearly all of our tanks full this morning. Headed out now with both trucks to haul sap while the RO (Reverse Osmosis) machine concentrates sap to free up much needed tank space at the sugar shack.