We are told that each tap generally produces 10-14 gallons of sap per season. With a total of 17 taps, this puts us at somewhere around 170-238 gallons of sap. It takes 50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup, so if all goes well we are looking at about 3.5-5 gallons of maple syrup at the end of the season. Not enough to get rich, but enough to cover our pancake breakfasts for the next year :)
↓ First we gathered the proper accoutrements -- buckets, taps, tubing, a candy thermometer for sap boiling, felt sap filters, large boiling pots, etc. Most people use evaporators for the boiling down process. Maybe next year.
↓ Next we selected a few trees, and drilled holes for the taps.
↓ Taps were hammered into each hole.
↓ Tubes were attached to the taps
↓ The other end of each tube was hooked up to the bucket for sap collection. Here's what our contraptions look like.
↓ Within a few minutes the tubes started to fill and drip into the bucket.
↓ Walking back to the house after tapping. The view from the woods was beautiful today. It was above freezing and the snow melt created a layer of fog that collected against the mountains.