|Boils #2 and #3|
Fortunately, both SP and I are home today on this 10th snow day of the year, so I asked him to bring them all in for a better picture and to write up our numbers. The yields were a bit disappointing as we realize that a lot was lost in re-bottling and our more efficient (ie less time consuming) filtering process. There is 3/4 a gallon of the sugar dregs, but it will be put to use to make sugar or maybe even candy. Here are our boil tallies.
Boil #1We boiled ~ 150 gallons of sap ( while it is hard to keep track of buckets, we could do a better job estimating.
Yield = 1.7 gallons of syrup.
Here it is bottled in clean Barq rootbeer and Corona bottles. (best for gifts and trades)
Boil #2Again, we boiled ~ 150 gallons of syrup.
Yield: 2 gallons of syrup, bottled in the bottles of Conoroita and Ginger Libation . If you have not yet had Ginger Libation, run now to the nearest store and get some. It is one of the best new England Handcrafted fermented beverages ever.
|Those are the large Ginger Libation bottles in the back.|
Boil #3Once again, we boiled ~ 150 gallons of syrup. This time we had a better yield.
Yield: 3.5 gallons of dark syrup bottled in 1/2 gallon jars.
|There's SP the sap master doing his calculations|
|That lonely one in the center is bound for our refrigerator any minute.|
Last but not least, the 3/4 gallon of sugar sand rich dregs that have great potential for our culinary adventures.