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Man’s DIY Maple Tree Tapping System Collects 100 Gallons of Sap

“The sap comes out of the trees at around 2% sugar,” HDC3 explained. “This year (yesterday) I added this 4-stage reverse osmosis system that I assembled from parts I found on eBay and stuff I bought at Lowes. It brings the sugar content up to 8% which means that it's saving us 75% of the work boiling out the water and increasing our yield by a factor of 4.”

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An old oil tanker helped with evaporation.

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“We bring the sap to around 60% sugar on the evaporator then filter it and take it into the house to finish on the stove. ” When it reaches 66% sugar, it's then bottled.

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This yielded 2.5 liters (just over half a gallon) after eight hours of evaporation.

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h/t: [Reddit]

All images via Imgur.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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