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Syrup Contests

By: uvmext

Summer is here and for maple sugar makers that means contest time. Entering syrup in a contest is a great way to show off your product, make sure your syrup meets standards and earn a class winner or best is show ribbon. There are a few things t...

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Syrup Color

By: uvmext

In Vermont, Grade A maple syrup is divided into four distinct color classes. Those classes are Golden, Amber, Dark and Very Dark. The lightest grade of syrup, Golden, has the most delicate flavor. A lot of the time it will be made at the beginn...

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Syrup Clarity

By: uvmext

Syrup clarity is one of the four basics of grading. Syrup that come right off the evaporator is cloudy. Most of the cloudiness found in unfiltered syrup is naturally occurring minerals such as calcium also known as sugar sand or niter. Syrup cla...

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Sugarbush Value

By: uvmext

The recent period of expansion in the maple industry has seen both established operations grow and many new operations start from scratch. Some real estate listings of land include estimated potential taps. But how many of those taps are actuall...

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Sugarbush Management 2

By: uvmext

Late summer, while leaves are still green is a good time to assess the trees in your sugarbush. Weak or declining individuals will show areas of crown dieback. Trees with more than 75% dieback will likely not survive but are still competing for ...

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Sugarbush Management 1

By: uvmext

Sugar makers rely on healthy, abundant maple trees to provide sap each spring. Taken together a group of maple trees managed for sap collection is called a sugarbush. Developing a healthy, productive sugarbush takes time and effort. Forests are...

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Spouts

By: uvmext

Although bucket spouts are still available, most spouts used in the maple industry currently are plastic and designed to be used with vacuum. Spouts are constructed of food‐grade nylon or polycarbonate and are smaller in size (5/16” diameter)...

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Sanitation

By: uvmext

Like people, plants have strong mechanisms to prevent the spread of microorganisms within their tissues. Trees are capable of “walling off” wounds to prevent infections from spreading throughout the tree. This healing process also sl...

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Reverse Osmosis

By: uvmext

Some producers use membrane separation (called “reverse osmosis” or simply “RO” within the maple industry) in addition to evaporation with heat. In this process, sap is forced through membranes that have pores which are large enough for wa...