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Sap Tapping Tutorial

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by g4ghb, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. AJB

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    Good idea!
     
  2. luke_s

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    Nice one Graham........as easy as 1..2..3.., when you know how.
    Where'd you get the drill from??

    Luke
     
  3. g4ghb

    g4ghb Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    from a local supplier - I grab them when he has them ;)
     
  4. Stanleythecat

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    Nice to see someone using a smaller bit! Save the trees!!!! no need to plunge great holes in them. Thanks Graham.

    I bought some sugar maple spiles off ebay and tried them out yesterday, they're ace! I got about 400ml in one hour! You could get a good guzzle!

    Leo
     
  5. forestwalker

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    Another technique that I use quite a bit is to simply cut off a small branch/twig (say around 3--5 mm) and sticking the bottle on top of that. Some branches have given over 500 ml/day (i.e. the bottle was overfull), others a few tablespoons.
     
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    I have gone through the post and the information is amazing to understand so being as a beginner i really appreciate what you have shared.
     
  7. jimbob

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    Nice one Graham! This is an awesome thread. goodjob

    If by 'sticky' you mean make this easy to find again, yes please!!

    What other uses are there for sap other than drinking it? Are particular types of sap suited to particular functions?
     
  8. Blutack

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    Fantastic! I know the answer is roughly "spring", but when's the best time to do this? Are there any other signs that the sap is rising, or is it just a case of trying a wee nick to see, as per the photos?
     
  9. g4ghb

    g4ghb Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I wait till the first green buds appear - size of a squirrels toe I think lord mears describes it as.
     
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    excellent tutorial that very clear with great pics. Thanks for doing this.
     
  11. Everything Mac

    Everything Mac Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Just out of interest - when is the best time to harvest the sap?

    Cheers

    Andy
     
  12. g4ghb

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    When the first buds of the new spring leaves appear is a good general rule I have found (the size of a squirrels toe says sir Ray I believe)
     
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    On a different thread I have asked about using cedar oil to (don't know the dilution) use to control fleas on dogs. Would it be possible to use this technique to get the cedar oil in the first place? thanks
     
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    oooh, very interesting! Completely new to the concept of this, but keen to give it a go next Spring, now!
     
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    Great tutorial, have been looking forward to "the rise" since reading about it a few other places.
     
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    It has numerous uses, but as far as I know all consumption related. You can brew wine or beer with it, use it as the base for a fine pine needle tea. Another option is to can boil it down to make syrup. I beleive it takes 80litres to make 1 litre of good thick syrup (compared to maple which is 40:1) which is an epic amount of boiling and lots of steam. You dont have to boil it right down, you will just have a lighter, less syrupy syrup if that makes sense.

    In saying this I have never tried any of the above, but look forward to doing so very soon - "the rise" has started, but not yet flowing freely.
     
  17. Everything Mac

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    Any one had some sap this year or is it still too early?

    Andy
     
  18. Stanleythecat

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    Did some in Wiltshire last weekend Andy, was flowing well.

    Spring is on its unstoppable path.
     
  19. Everything Mac

    Everything Mac Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I might be off out for a couple of days next week so I think I'll give it a go. :D

    I'm going to take it slowly though as my mum is allergic to birch.

    Andy
     
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    I checked my local Birchwood yesterday Andy and no sap yet. Might take another week or 2 for us up here.

    Really fancy trying the tapping out myself :D

    Ness :)
     

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