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  • 1. SUGAR MAPLE ( acer saccharum )
  • 2.
    • Opposite branching
    • Round, red buds
    Identification
  • 3. Shape
  • 4. Bark
  • 5. Twigs
  • 6. Tapping
  • 7. General Method
    • Tap when nighttime temperatures are freezing and daytime temperatures are above 0°C
    • Drill a hole. 3’ up from base, 1.5” deep using 7/16” drill bit. Drill on sunny side of tree
    • Insert your tap, hang bucket, collect sap
    • Store sap in cool place until ready to boil into syrup
    • Can hot and cool sideways for better seal
  • 8. Guidelines: taps per tree Diameter in inches Circumference in inches Number of taps 10—20 31—63 1 20—25 64—79 2 >25 >79 3
  • 9. Homemade Taps are an Option (these are called “spiles”)
  • 10. Professional Taps
    • Still not sure where to get them
    • 7/16” diameter copper or other pipe might do the trick (and faster than whittling spiles of the type shown above)