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  • smokingman

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    phylodog

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    Day two of boiling down is coming to a close. Day one proved that propane is too expensive for this when I've got a pallet of oak firewood aging nicely. I've put in probably 8 gallons and have it boiled down to about five so far. The forecast is looking good again after a short warm snap.
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    phylodog

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    Cooked what I'd collected down last night. As it did last time, my hygrometer wouldn't float in spite of two separate digital thermometers telling me I had the syrup where it needed to be (219*F). I filtered it and it was thinner than I'd hoped so I reboiled about 3/4 of a pint of water off this morning but didn't refilter and it's got a ton of sediment now (not that I really care). Had a little left over after filling the two jars so I kept cooking it and made some soft(ish) candy I'll drop in my coffee for the next week or so.

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    spencer rifle

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    Wow, is your syrup always that color? Or is it just the lighting in the photo? I don't think I've ever seen maple syrup that's such a light shade of amber. Very pretty.

    Of course ours is always darker than it should be, because we don't do the best job of keeping the soot out of it, but don't tell anyone...
    It is usually darker, but this batch was all processed in one afternoon. The faster the process, the lighter the syrup (usually).
     

    cg21

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    You fall asleep while you where boiling?
    I had a giant pot going….. and I wanted it to go until I went to bed so I had room to add today’s run…….. well I went to bed (without shutting it off like I planned and ironically I didn’t even go to bed up till midnight coughing came to the couch finally slept 4-7 so all I had to do was look out the back door) jumped off the couch but it was too late woke up to a very crunchy black pot
     

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    I had a giant pot going….. and I wanted it to go until I went to bed so I had room to add today’s run…….. well I went to bed (without shutting it off like I planned and ironically I didn’t even go to bed up till midnight coughing came to the couch finally slept 4-7 so all I had to do was look out the back door) jumped off the couch but it was too late woke up to a very crunchy black pot
    Oh man, what a kick in the pills that would be. It would be hard to even go outside and look at the damage!
     

    spencer rifle

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    Been there, done that. No fun and no reward.
    Over the years we have learned that, if boiling is going on outside:
    1. Set the kitchen timer to go off ever 1 to 1.5 hours, just to check levels, if nothing else.
    2. Magnet on the front door right by the lock, so I can't lock up at night without seeing the magnet and being reminded SHUT IT OFF.

    Our trees have started flowing again, so might get some more yet.
     

    cg21

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    Been there, done that. No fun and no reward.
    Over the years we have learned that, if boiling is going on outside:
    1. Set the kitchen timer to go off ever 1 to 1.5 hours, just to check levels, if nothing else.
    2. Magnet on the front door right by the lock, so I can't lock up at night without seeing the magnet and being reminded SHUT IT OFF.

    Our trees have started flowing again, so might get some more yet.
    Do you boil inside ? Everyone told me it would be a sticky mess
     

    phylodog

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    Do you boil inside ? Everyone told me it would be a sticky mess
    I do the final boil indoors but 90% of it is done outside. I don't think it would be a mess necessarily but you'll have way more humidity in your house than there should ever be. Even just boiling the last bit inside our windows and doors will get condensation forming on the inside.
     

    cg21

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    I do the final boil indoors but 90% of it is done outside. I don't think it would be a mess necessarily but you'll have way more humidity in your house than there should ever be. Even just boiling the last bit inside our windows and doors will get condensation forming on the inside.
    Humidity I am fine with……. I can put the pot on the wood stove I have been hesitant because everyone has said it will be a sticky disaster
     
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