What equipment provided in the Starter Kit? (top)
What equipment do I need to provide? (top)
What are the policies (security, privacy, shipping, damages, return) of Tap My Trees LLC? (top)
Please refer to the Our Policies page on this site.
Does tapping hurt the tree? (top)
Tapping a tree does create a wound, but it is a wound from which the tree can readily recover and does not endanger the health of the tree. Commercial syrup producers are able to tap trees for decades without adversely affecting the health of the tree. A vigorous tree will heal, or grow over, a tap hole in one year. It may take other trees up to 3 years to grow over a tap hole. Here is an example of a tap hole after one year of recovery:
What is the difference between maple sap and maple syrup? (top)
Maple sap is a clear, water like liquid captured when a maple tree is tapped. Maple syrup is produced by boiling water from the maple sap, concentrating it into a sweet syrup.
What is the sugar content of my sap? (top)
Sugar content depends upon many variables, including the type of tree, weather conditions, and if the sap is collected early or late in the flow season. The sugar content in the sap of a Sugar Maple tree can fluctuate between 1.5% and 2.5%.
How much sap does it take to make maple syrup? (top)
The general rule of thumb is that it takes 40 parts maple sap to produce 1 part maple syrup. This translates into 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon or syrup (or 10 gallons of sap for one quart of syrup). This estimate is dependent on the sugar content of your sap.
How much sap will each tap produce in a season? (top)
This is dependent upon many factors, but you can generally expect to collect 5 - 15 gallons of sap per tap per season.
What makes sap flow? (top)
Sap flow is caused by pressure difference within the tree when the temperature fluctuates. Nighttime temperatures below freezing and daytime temperatures above freezing create pressure conditions ideal for sap flow.
How big should a maple tree be before tapping it? (top)
A maple tree should be at least 12 inches in diameter before tapping it. Larger trees can support multiple taps. For example, trees 21-27 inches in diameter can support 2 taps and trees greater than 27 inches in diameter can support 3 taps.
Other than maple, what types of trees can be tapped? (top)
While this guide focuses on maple trees, other types of trees can be tapped. For example, Birch and Walnut trees can be tapped and will yield a sweet sap. These trees are not generally used in commercial production of syrup because the sugar content is lower, which would result in higher expenses. Alaska, where maple trees do not grow, has a thriving Birch sap industry.
What are the different grades of maple syrup? (top)
Different regions grade maple syrup differently. Within the US, there are slight differences in grading standards, but between the US and Canada, the grades are substantially different. The US grading system contains the following grades:
The grades correspond to the point in the season the syrup was produced. Grade A Light Amber utilizes sap from the earliest point in the season and Grade B from the latest point in the season.
What are store-bought syrups such as Aunt Jemima® or Mrs. Butterworth's®? (top)
These products are not considered “real” maple syrup in the sense they are not produced by boiling maple sap to yield syrup. They are generally sweetened with corn syrup or other sweeteners and flavored.
Who first discovered the process of making maple syrup? (top)
It is well documented that native Indians in the United States and Canada were the first producers of maple products. Native Indians were more likely to either drink the sap or make maple sugar products, as there was no easy way to store a liquid syrup. Early European settlers learned maple sap collection and processing skills from these native Indians. Over the years, the process of collecting and processing sap has been refined.
Does Tap My Trees sell supplies wholesale at a discounted price? (top)
Tap My Trees LLC does sell supplies at a wholesale price to garden centers, farms, and maple sugar operations looking to resell them. The minimum order quantity is 20 units. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.