Maple Syrup Production Videos
with Cornell maple specialist Lewis Staats through the sugar bush
to the sugar house and learn how to collect sap and produce maple
syrup efficiently. The information presented in these videos will
be useful to experienced maple producers as well as hobbyists and
Maple Sap Processing:
Converting Sap to Syrup for a Quality Product (26 min)
third video in the maple series, CCE maple species Lewis Staats shows
how to obtain the highest quality product with the greatest efficiency.
He also discusses the sugar house: cost and site, including construction,
sap storage, safety, and a look to the future for possible expansion.
Maple producers join Staats to discuss the size and types of evaporators
and equipment. Reverse osmosis, vapor compression evaporation, and
preheaters are covered. Energy-efficient improvement shown include
heat exchangers, arch and pan gaskets, insulating blankets, and forced
draft. Also discussed are how to reduce the risk of scorching, sap
feed lines, target thermometers versus automatic draw-off, grade,
density, flavor, and record keeping.
Bush Management: A Guide to Improve Sap Production (20 min)
sugar bush management will result in faster-growing sugar maple trees
that produce more sap over a longer period of time. Cornell Cooperative
Extension maple specialist Lewis Staats encourages large, deep crowns
on trees and points out the critical differences between sugar and red
maple trees. The video covers cull tree removal techniques, timing of
thinning, selection of best growing sites, logging-road construction,
tips on safety, and tapping for optimal results.
Maple Sap Production:
From Tree to Collection Tank (30 min)The
method of sap collection can dictate the quality of the resulting
product. Lewis Staats, Cornell maple specialist, takes viewers on
a tour of sap collection in the sugar bush. Tubing, as research shows,
involves less investment in equipment and labor and provides more
return than bucket collection. Staats summarizes site evaluation,
mapping for lateral and main lines, and correct tapping techniques.
Artificial and natural vacuum systems are discussed. Sap storage,
collection system fittings, support wire, shut-off valves, and tools
needed for efficient and proper installation, maintenance quality
control, and safety are covered. The information in this program is
designed to help novice and experience maple producers obtain maximum
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