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How to Make Maple Syrup!

How to Make Maple Syrup!

By Richard Tomlinsen

By listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to start tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it down, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir - 100% Pure Maple Syrup!

In this podcast we cover things related to making Delicious Maple Syrup:
1. When to Collect Sap
2. How to Tap Maple Trees
3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup
4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil
5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup

Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Create a new family tradition with this fun and inexpensive hobby!
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Is Maple Syrup Good for You? (Rebroadcast)

How to Make Maple Syrup!Mar 06, 2023

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Top 5 Lesser-Known Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

Top 5 Lesser-Known Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

In this episode I go over 5 lesser known, yet still somewhat common mistakes people tend to make when making homemade maple syrup.

We start with several mistakes related to boiling the sap into syrup and how that can be messed up! We then cover the final filtering stages when everything happens so fast! Don’t miss this episode to improve your Maple Syrup making operation!

Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

⁠https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P⁠

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk⁠

Dial Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy⁠

Digital Candy Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv⁠

Non-woven mesh Filters:

⁠https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2⁠

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

⁠https://amzn.to/33za4e7⁠

Filter Holder Wire:

⁠https://amzn.to/3p20PL6⁠

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

⁠https://amzn.to/36s1j6R⁠

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup⁠

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources⁠

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

Send me an email at:

⁠howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

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Apr 24, 202312:36
What are the Top 5 Most Common Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

What are the Top 5 Most Common Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

In this episode I go over the top 5 most common mistakes people tend to make when making homemade maple syrup. We start with several mistakes related to tapping the trees and then move on to several mistakes related to boiling the sap into syrup. I come by many of these tips honestly! Don’t miss this episode to improve your Maple Syrup making operation!

Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

⁠https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P⁠

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk⁠

Dial Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy⁠

Digital Candy Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv⁠

Non-woven mesh Filters:

⁠https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2⁠

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

⁠https://amzn.to/33za4e7⁠

Filter Holder Wire:

⁠https://amzn.to/3p20PL6⁠

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

⁠https://amzn.to/36s1j6R⁠

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup⁠

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources⁠

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

Send me an email at:

⁠howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

⁠https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713⁠

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Apr 17, 202310:00
Hard Maplin' - Behind the Music (Rebroadcast)

Hard Maplin' - Behind the Music (Rebroadcast)

In this episode I give an update on the current Maple Sapping season at the Tomlinsen Sugarbush. I talk about where we’re at, and where we’re going.

I also introduce an original song called “Hard Maplin”. I hope you found this entertaining!

Here is a link to download the MP3 of the song Hard Maplin’, as well as a free printable PDF called “How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet” here:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup⁠

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources⁠

Thank you for listening to the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!” I appreciate your patronage.

Below are links to other resources relating to the podcast.

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

Send me an email at:

⁠howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voice note!

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

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I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts. Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

⁠https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P⁠

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk⁠

Dial Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy⁠

Digital Candy Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv⁠

Non-woven mesh Filters:

⁠https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2⁠

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

⁠https://amzn.to/33za4e7⁠

Filter Holder Wire:

⁠https://amzn.to/3p20PL6⁠

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

⁠https://amzn.to/36s1j6R⁠

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Apr 10, 202306:49
Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup - Top 5 Tips (Rebroadcast)

Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup - Top 5 Tips (Rebroadcast)

In this episode, I walk through 5 of my top tips for performing the finishing boil on Maple Syrup. This step can be the most critical in making Maple Syrup (and the easiest on to screw up)! Over the years I have discovered these tips and they have been helpful for me, and I hope that you can get some benefit from them as well.

(Tip #4 was the one that has revolutionized my Maple Syrup Making!)

Thank you for listening to the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!” I appreciate your patronage.

Below are links to other resources mentioned on the podcast.

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup⁠

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources⁠

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3BCidv1⁠

Candy Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/3I4xOG0⁠

Digital Candy Thermometer:

⁠https://amzn.to/36uP9dr⁠

Non-woven mesh Filters:

⁠https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2⁠

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

⁠https://amzn.to/33za4e7⁠

Filter Holder Wire:

⁠https://amzn.to/3p20PL6⁠

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

⁠https://amzn.to/36s1j6R⁠

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

Send me an email at:

⁠howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

⁠https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713⁠

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Apr 03, 202311:19
Top 5 Tips for Boiling Maple Syrup Outdoors (Rebroadcast)

Top 5 Tips for Boiling Maple Syrup Outdoors (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast,” I go through my top 5 tips for boiling Maple Syrup outdoors. 

While the concept of boiling maple sap is pretty straightforward, there are a number of tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years that can just make everything go a little smoother! 

I really hope that one or more of these tips can provide benefit for you as you boil your Maple Syrup this year! 

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts. 

This is the Propane Boiler I use as a Maple Syrup Evaporator: 

⁠https://amzn.to/3I4vgIb⁠

Stainless Steel Boiling Pot 50qt: 

⁠https://amzn.to/3I4HkZH⁠

Skimming Spoon: 

⁠https://amzn.to/3s6Ai0Z⁠

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes: 

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

Send me an email at: howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com 

Links to Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources ⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (Remember to answer the “Guess the Song Quiz!”) 

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

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Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

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Mar 27, 202310:47
Top 5 Tips and Tricks for Tapping Maple Trees (Rebroadcast)

Top 5 Tips and Tricks for Tapping Maple Trees (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast” I’ve gone back and thought about all of the tips and tricks I have picked up over the years from tapping Maple trees and collecting the sap to make Maple Syrup, and I talk about the top 5.

My hope is that one or more of these will be helpful as you collect your Maple sap this spring!

Do you have any really great tips for tapping Maple trees? I would love to hear about them and possibly include them on a future episode! Send me an email at:

⁠howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com⁠

The following are some of the links that I mentioned in this week's episode:

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

⁠https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws⁠

5/16” Spiles I recommend:

⁠https://amzn.to/3s4oKLZ⁠

5/16” Maple Tree Tapping Drill Bit:

⁠https://amzn.to/3JLrSCt⁠

This is the Propane Boiler I use as a Maple Syrup Evaporator:

⁠https://amzn.to/3I4vgIb⁠

Stainless Steel Boiling Pot 50qt:

⁠https://amzn.to/3I4HkZH⁠

Links to Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

⁠https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources⁠

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

(Remember to answer the “Guess the Song Quiz!”)

⁠https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message⁠

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

⁠https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713⁠

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How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

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Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.

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Mar 20, 202310:20
Is it True that Maple Leaves are Poisonous? (Rebroadcast)

Is it True that Maple Leaves are Poisonous? (Rebroadcast)

In this episode we answer the question, "Are Maple leaves poisonous?" The answer to this question may come as a surprise.

We begin by talking about some of the chemicals that exist within Maple leaves, and what they do once they enter the digestive tract.

We then describe how even a 1000 lb. horse can die within 18 hrs. after consuming several pounds of Red Maple leaves. We then discuss preventative measures and treatment options.

We wrap up by giving some suggestions on what you can do to keep you, your family, and your pets safe.

Don’t miss this episode jam-packed with helpful and interesting information!

The following resources were mentioned in this podcast:

Links to Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Links discussed in this episode:

Filipe et al. (2014) Bioactive compounds produced by gut microbial tannase: implications for colorectal cancer development, Front. in Microbiol. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2014.00684 Agrawal, et al (2013) Identification of protoxins and a microbial basis for red maple (Acer rubrum) toxicosis in equines, National Library of Medicine, NIH. https://doi.org/10.1177/1040638712468588

https://equusmagazine.com/horse-care/maple-tree-menace-29635/

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

(How did you do on the “Guess the Song Quiz!”)

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713

Links to the Maple Tree tapping, boiling, and bottling equipment I use to make Delicious Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Thanks for Listening to the:

How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Episode 016

Mar 13, 202311:11
Is Maple Syrup Good for You? (Rebroadcast)
Mar 06, 202309:39
When Can I Start Tapping My Maple Trees? (Rebroadcast)

When Can I Start Tapping My Maple Trees? (Rebroadcast)

In this episode we talk about the often-elusive question: When can I start tapping my Maple trees?

We start by examining the process by which Maple trees produce maple sap. We then answer the questions: if I tap too early will my taps dry out and plug up? If I start too late, how much sap will I miss out on?

We discuss when the average start time is for the Maple sugaring season at different latitudes.

We also talk about how the commercial Maple syrup producers handle the variable timing of the Maple sugaring season.

We wrap up our conversation by suggesting several key tips and tricks for optimizing your sugaring season, as well as tips from the “old-timers” on what to look for in nature to tell you when to start your tapping season.

Don’t miss this episode jam-packed with helpful information!

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (I may include snippets in a future episode!)

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

- Go to this link:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713

- Scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews”

- Tap “Write a Review” at the bottom of the page.

Links to the supplies I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup as well as Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Papers and Resources Talked about in this episode:

Sugar Maple Tree Fact Sheet (Godman, Yawney, Tubbs):

https://d32ogoqmya1dw8.cloudfront.net/files/eslabs/weather/sugar_maple_fact_sheet.pdf

How does sap flow out of Maple Trees (Wilmot, 2009):

https://mapleresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/wilmot_underpressure.pdf

The Timing of Tapping for Maple Sap Collection (Wilmot, 2008):

https://mapleresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/0608tappingtiming.pdf

Finding the sweet spot: Shifting optimal climate for maple syrup production in North America (Rapp et al., 2019):

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112719303019#f0005

Thanks for Listening to the:

How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

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Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Feb 27, 202313:13
What is Reverse Osmosis and Should I Be Using it To Make My Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

What is Reverse Osmosis and Should I Be Using it To Make My Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

In this episode, we talk about why all the big Maple Syrup producers use Reverse Osmosis to make their Maple Syrup. We then answer the question, what is reverse osmosis? Is this something that I can use as a small-time homemade Maple Syrup maker?

We answer questions like:

Why is Reverse Osmosis helpful? How much does a system cost? What are the downsides to using Reverse Osmosis in Maple Syrup production? And why do some people refuse to use RO?

We finish up by talking about the pros and cons for RO and how to get started in case you are interested in trying out Reverse Osmosis for yourself.

The following are some of the links mentioned in this podcast:

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (I may include snippets in a future episode!)

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

- Go to the following link, scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews,” Tap “Write a Review” at the bottom of the page:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713

My recommended Maple Sugaring Supplies List as well as Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrupResources

Buy a fully functional Reverse Osmosis system from these guys:

https://www.therobucket.com/

Plans you can use to build your own DIY Reverse Osmosis system, courtesy of Michelle and Bill at Souly Rested:

https://soulyrested.com/ro/

Ep013 - Episode 013

Thanks for Listening to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!"

Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Feb 20, 202310:29
What is the Maillard Reaction? And How Can I Use it to Make Better Tasting Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

What is the Maillard Reaction? And How Can I Use it to Make Better Tasting Maple Syrup? (Rebroadcast)

Feb 13, 202308:43
Does Tapping Maple Trees Harm Them? (Rebroadcast)
Feb 06, 202311:17
How to Make Crystal Clear Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

How to Make Crystal Clear Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

Does your Maple Syrup have a bunch of crude settled on the bottom of the jar? Do you hesitate to give away or sell your syrup because it doesn’t ‘look good enough’? Do friends and family ask you if it is safe to eat because there looks like mold on the bottom of your Maple Syrup jars?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the episode for you! In this 10th installment of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast,” we go into a very detailed explanation about where “Niter” comes from and what it is composed of. We walk through the filtering steps that allow you to achieve crystal clear Delicious Maple Syrup that you can be proud to display!

We end the conversation by talking about the most common mistake made when filtering that leads to sugar-sand still appearing in the bottom of Maple Syrup jars, even though the syrup was filtered multiple times!

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.

For links to purchase the refractometer, mesh filters, and synthetic filter we talk about in this episode, go to:

Non-woven mesh Filters: https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter: https://amzn.to/33za4e7

Maple Syrup Refractometer: https://amzn.to/3BCidv1

Filter Holder Wire: https://amzn.to/3p20PL6

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles: https://amzn.to/36s1j6R

Candy Thermometer: https://amzn.to/3I4xOG0

For links to a free eBook and other Maple Syrup Resources, check out:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Want to get started making your own Delicious Maple Syrup? Click here to get started and download the "How to Make Maple Syrup - Cheat Sheet"!

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrup

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Author: Richard Tomlinsen

How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!

Jan 30, 202309:14
The Million Dollar Maple Syrup Heist of 2012! (Rebroadcast)
Jan 23, 202309:20
What is the Jones Rule of 86? And How Can I Use It to Make Better Syrup? (Rebroadcast)
Jan 16, 202310:32
Easy and Free Way to Increase the Sugar Content of Your Maple Sap (Rebroadcast)
Jan 09, 202310:46
Make Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar (Rebroadcast)

Make Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar (Rebroadcast)

“What if I invest in a bunch of equipment, and then decide I don’t actually like making Maple Syrup?”  

In this podcast episode, I give you a super simple (and inexpensive) way to try out making Maple Syrup with almost no investment whatsoever!  You will still need access to a Maple Tree (any type is fine) round-about mid-March, as well as a few simple supplies (you probably have them lying around the house…), and then you can try out “Maple-Sugaring” to see if you actually enjoy it!

We’ll also talk about how much it actually costs to make your own maple syrup (once you decide to take the plunge). We’ll go through startup costs as well as recurring costs.

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup 

My recommended Maple Sugaring Supplies List as well as Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrupResources    

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/   

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/   

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Episode 006

Ep006 - How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast - How to Make Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar!

Author: Richard Tomlinsen

Jan 02, 202312:47
How to Perfect the Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

How to Perfect the Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

In this episode, we discuss: How do you know when your Maple Syrup is done? What is the best way to measure the exact sugar content (brix) of your Maple Syrup? How and when to bottle your Maple Syrup? Why is some Maple Syrup so dark?
Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:
practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup
The Propane Burner I use to boil down Maple Sap: amzn.to/3ILzhB9
The Boiling Pan I recommend: amzn.to/3uBts42
The Refractometer I use to measure sugar content of my Maple Syrup: amzn.to/3INYpXX
Mesh (Non-woven) Syrup Filters: amzn.to/3AM16X5
Synthetic (Orlon) Filter: amzn.to/3obcfLZ
(I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links above. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.)
For links to the other equipment, I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:
practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources
To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/
What did you think of this episode? Any Comments or Questions? Leave me a voicemail! (I may include snippets in a future episode!)
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Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!
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My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!
I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!
Why am I doing this?
I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!
Thanks for listening!
Richard Tomlinsen
Episode 005
Dec 26, 202219:24
How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)


In this episode, we discuss the different methods of boiling Maple Sap, and the boiling method I use (and why). We also answer the questions: How long does it take to boil Maple Syrup? When do I stop boiling Maple Syrup? Can you stop boiling and then start up again?
This is a link to the Propane Burner I use to boil down Maple Sap:
amzn.to/3ILzhB9
This is the boiling pan I recommend: amzn.to/3uBts42
This is a link to the Refractometer I use to measure sugar content of my Maple Syrup: amzn.to/3INYpXX
(I may earn commissions for purchases made through the link above. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.)
Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:
practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup
For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:
practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources
To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/
practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/
My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!
I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!
Why am I doing this?
I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!
Thanks for listening!
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Dec 19, 202215:48
How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Rebroadcast)

In this episode, we discuss: When to start tapping Maple Trees, How Long does the Maple Sap Tapping Season Last? How deep to set your spiles (taps)? How to store Maple Sap until you are ready to Boil.

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series, I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this series we cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Dec 11, 202210:02
Identifying Maple Trees, Sugar Content, and Taste (Rebroadcast)

Identifying Maple Trees, Sugar Content, and Taste (Rebroadcast)

In this episode, we'll discuss:

1. How to identify maple trees and some specifics of the different varieties.

2. The sugar content of different Maple Trees.

3. How sugar content varies over the season and from year to year.

3. We'll then talk to Rachel and get her take on the taste of Maple Syrup from different Maple Trees.

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"!

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series, I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this 5-part series we are going to cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Dec 04, 202213:19
Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast! (Rebroadcast)

Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast! (Rebroadcast)

Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"!

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series, I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

In this episode, I want to introduce myself to you, as well as my assistant (my daughter, Rachel) and provide a little bit of background on the art of Making Maple Syrup, and who this podcast is for. We will also set the stage for the next several episodes where we will dive into the specific steps.

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this series we are going to cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Nov 27, 202211:21
Top 5 Lesser-Known Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup

Top 5 Lesser-Known Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup

In this episode I go over 5 lesser known, yet still somewhat common mistakes people tend to make when making homemade maple syrup.

We start with several mistakes related to boiling the sap into syrup and how that can be messed up! We then cover the final filtering stages when everything happens so fast! Don’t miss this episode to improve your Maple Syrup making operation!

Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk

Dial Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy

Digital Candy Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv

Non-woven mesh Filters:

https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

https://amzn.to/33za4e7

Filter Holder Wire:

https://amzn.to/3p20PL6

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

https://amzn.to/36s1j6R

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

Send me an email at:

howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

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Episode 022

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Apr 19, 202212:36
What are the Top 5 Most Common Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup?

What are the Top 5 Most Common Mistakes When Making Maple Syrup?

In this episode I go over the top 5 most common mistakes people tend to make when making homemade maple syrup. We start with several mistakes related to tapping the trees and then move on to several mistakes related to boiling the sap into syrup. I come by many of these tips honestly! Don’t miss this episode to improve your Maple Syrup making operation!

Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk

Dial Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy

Digital Candy Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv

Non-woven mesh Filters:

https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

https://amzn.to/33za4e7

Filter Holder Wire:

https://amzn.to/3p20PL6

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

https://amzn.to/36s1j6R

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

Send me an email at:

howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713

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Episode 021

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Apr 05, 202210:00
Hard Maplin' - Behind the Music

Hard Maplin' - Behind the Music

In this episode I give an update on the current Maple Sapping season at the Tomlinsen Sugarbush. I talk about where we’re at, and where we’re going.

I also introduce an original song called “Hard Maplin”. I hope you found this entertaining!

Here is a link to download the MP3 of the song Hard Maplin’, as well as a free printable PDF called “How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet” here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Thank you for listening to the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!” I appreciate your patronage.

Below are links to other resources relating to the podcast.

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

Send me an email at:

howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voice note!

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

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Episode 020

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts. Below are links to equipment that I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup:

Propane Stove:

https://amzn.to/3L7aY1P

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

https://amzn.to/3uc54Wk

Dial Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3Im7OFy

Digital Candy Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3D0Egfv

Non-woven mesh Filters:

https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

https://amzn.to/33za4e7

Filter Holder Wire:

https://amzn.to/3p20PL6

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

https://amzn.to/36s1j6R

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Mar 22, 202206:49
Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup - Top 5 Tips

Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup - Top 5 Tips

In this episode, I walk through 5 of my top tips for performing the finishing boil on Maple Syrup. This step can be the most critical in making Maple Syrup (and the easiest on to screw up)! Over the years I have discovered these tips and they have been helpful for me, and I hope that you can get some benefit from them as well.

(Tip #4 was the one that has revolutionized my Maple Syrup Making!)

Thank you for listening to the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast!” I appreciate your patronage.

Below are links to other resources mentioned on the podcast.

For more details on these topics, visit the website:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Download a free eBook as well as other resources from around the web at:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.

Maple Syrup Refractometer:

https://amzn.to/3BCidv1

Candy Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/3I4xOG0

Digital Candy Thermometer:

https://amzn.to/36uP9dr

Non-woven mesh Filters:

https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter:

https://amzn.to/33za4e7

Filter Holder Wire:

https://amzn.to/3p20PL6

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles:

https://amzn.to/36s1j6R

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

Send me an email at:

howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message

Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

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Mar 08, 202211:19
Top 5 Tips for Boiling Maple Syrup Outdoors

Top 5 Tips for Boiling Maple Syrup Outdoors

In this episode of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast,” I go through my top 5 tips for boiling Maple Syrup outdoors. 

While the concept of boiling maple sap is pretty straightforward, there are a number of tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years that can just make everything go a little smoother! 

I really hope that one or more of these tips can provide benefit for you as you boil your Maple Syrup this year! 

I may earn commissions for purchases made through the links in these show notes. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts. 

This is the Propane Boiler I use as a Maple Syrup Evaporator: 

https://amzn.to/3I4vgIb

Stainless Steel Boiling Pot 50qt: 

https://amzn.to/3I4HkZH

Skimming Spoon: 

https://amzn.to/3s6Ai0Z

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes: 

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

Send me an email at: howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com 

Links to Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources 

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (Remember to answer the “Guess the Song Quiz!”) 

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Mar 01, 202210:47
Top 5 Tips and Tricks for Tapping Maple Trees

Top 5 Tips and Tricks for Tapping Maple Trees

In this episode of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast” I’ve gone back and thought about all of the tips and tricks I have picked up over the years from tapping Maple trees and collecting the sap to make Maple Syrup, and I talk about the top 5.

My hope is that one or more of these will be helpful as you collect your Maple sap this spring!

Do you have any really great tips for tapping Maple trees? I would love to hear about them and possibly include them on a future episode! Send me an email at:

howtomakemaplesyrup@gmail.com

The following are some of the links that I mentioned in this week's episode:

Here’s a link to my YouTube Video on How to Make Maple Syrup in 4 Minutes:

https://youtu.be/XoIB4nVL3ws

5/16” Spiles I recommend:

https://amzn.to/3s4oKLZ

5/16” Maple Tree Tapping Drill Bit:

https://amzn.to/3JLrSCt

This is the Propane Boiler I use as a Maple Syrup Evaporator:

https://amzn.to/3I4vgIb

Stainless Steel Boiling Pot 50qt:

https://amzn.to/3I4HkZH

Links to Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail!

(Remember to answer the “Guess the Song Quiz!”)

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Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

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Feb 22, 202210:20
Is it True that Maple Leaves are Poisonous?

Is it True that Maple Leaves are Poisonous?

In this episode we answer the question, "Are Maple leaves poisonous?" The answer to this question may come as a surprise.

We begin by talking about some of the chemicals that exist within Maple leaves, and what they do once they enter the digestive tract.

We then describe how even a 1000 lb. horse can die within 18 hrs. after consuming several pounds of Red Maple leaves. We then discuss preventative measures and treatment options.

We wrap up by giving some suggestions on what you can do to keep you, your family, and your pets safe.

Don’t miss this episode jam-packed with helpful and interesting information!

The following resources were mentioned in this podcast:

Links to Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup:    

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Links discussed in this episode:

Filipe et al. (2014) Bioactive compounds produced by gut microbial tannase: implications for colorectal cancer development, Front. in Microbiol. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2014.00684 Agrawal, et al (2013) Identification of protoxins and a microbial basis for red maple (Acer rubrum) toxicosis in equines, National Library of Medicine, NIH.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1040638712468588

https://equusmagazine.com/horse-care/maple-tree-menace-29635/

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(How did you do on the “Guess the Song Quiz!”)

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Links to the Maple Tree tapping, boiling, and bottling equipment I use to make Delicious Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Thanks for Listening to the:

How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

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Episode 016

Feb 15, 202211:11
Is Maple Syrup Good for You?
Feb 08, 202209:39
When Can I Start Tapping My Maple Trees?

When Can I Start Tapping My Maple Trees?

In this episode we talk about the often-elusive question: When can I start tapping my Maple trees?

We start by examining the process by which Maple trees produce maple sap. We then answer the questions: if I tap too early will my taps dry out and plug up? If I start too late, how much sap will I miss out on?

We discuss when the average start time is for the Maple sugaring season at different latitudes.

We also talk about how the commercial Maple syrup producers handle the variable timing of the Maple sugaring season.

We wrap up our conversation by suggesting several key tips and tricks for optimizing your sugaring season, as well as tips from the “old-timers” on what to look for in nature to tell you when to start your tapping season.

Don’t miss this episode jam-packed with helpful information!

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (I may include snippets in a future episode!)

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Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

- Go to this link:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713

- Scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews”

- Tap “Write a Review” at the bottom of the page.

Links to the supplies I use and recommend for making Maple Syrup as well as Free resources and ebooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Papers and Resources Talked about in this episode:

Sugar Maple Tree Fact Sheet (Godman, Yawney, Tubbs): 

https://d32ogoqmya1dw8.cloudfront.net/files/eslabs/weather/sugar_maple_fact_sheet.pdf

How does sap flow out of Maple Trees (Wilmot, 2009):

https://mapleresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/wilmot_underpressure.pdf

The Timing of Tapping for Maple Sap Collection (Wilmot, 2008):

https://mapleresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/0608tappingtiming.pdf

Finding the sweet spot: Shifting optimal climate for maple syrup production in North America (Rapp et al., 2019):

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112719303019#f0005

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How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

Episode 014

Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Feb 01, 202213:13
What is Reverse Osmosis and Should I Be Using it To Make My Maple Syrup?

What is Reverse Osmosis and Should I Be Using it To Make My Maple Syrup?

In this episode, we talk about why all the big Maple Syrup producers use Reverse Osmosis to make their Maple Syrup. We then answer the question, what is reverse osmosis? Is this something that I can use as a small-time homemade Maple Syrup maker?

We answer questions like:

Why is Reverse Osmosis helpful? How much does a system cost? What are the downsides to using Reverse Osmosis in Maple Syrup production? And why do some people refuse to use RO?

We finish up by talking about the pros and cons for RO and how to get started in case you are interested in trying out Reverse Osmosis for yourself.

The following are some of the links mentioned in this podcast:

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a voicemail! (I may include snippets in a future episode!)

https://anchor.fm/how-to-make-maple-syrup/message


Leave a review for this podcast, it helps get the word out!

- Go to the following link, scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews,” Tap “Write a Review” at the bottom of the page:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-make-maple-syrup/id1596149713


My recommended Maple Sugaring Supplies List as well as Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrupResources

Buy a fully functional Reverse Osmosis system from these guys:

https://www.therobucket.com/


Plans you can use to build your own DIY Reverse Osmosis system, courtesy of Michelle and Bill at Souly Rested:

https://soulyrested.com/ro/


Ep013 - Episode 013


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Podcast Host: Richard Tomlinsen

Jan 25, 202210:29
What is the Maillard Reaction? And How Can I Use it to Make Better Tasting Maple Syrup?

What is the Maillard Reaction? And How Can I Use it to Make Better Tasting Maple Syrup?

Have you ever wondered why Maple Syrup tastes so good? How about why Maple Syrup is golden brown? 

In this episode of the How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast, we go in-depth into the chemistry of what reactions are occurring at the molecular level to give Maple Syrup its exquisite and unique taste!

We start out talking about why no batch of Maple Syrup will ever taste exactly the same (and we're okay with that)! We then talk about what Maple Syrup and Self-Tanning lotion have in common. We wrap up by talking about steps you can take to affect the color of your own home-made Maple Syrup.

For more information on the Maillard Reaction, visit my article on the subject:

https://practicalmechanic.com/2022/03/15/what-is-the-maillard-reaction-in-maple-syrup/

Download a free printable PDF called “How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet” here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

My recommended Maple Sugaring Supplies List as well as Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrupResources

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- Go to the following link, scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews,” Tap “Write a Review” at the bottom of the page:

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Episode 12


Jan 18, 202208:43
Does Tapping Maple Trees Harm Them?
Jan 11, 202211:17
How to Make Crystal Clear Maple Syrup

How to Make Crystal Clear Maple Syrup

Does your Maple Syrup have a bunch of crude settled on the bottom of the jar? Do you hesitate to give away or sell your syrup because it doesn’t ‘look good enough’? Do friends and family ask you if it is safe to eat because there looks like mold on the bottom of your Maple Syrup jars?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the episode for you! In this 10th installment of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast,” we go into a very detailed explanation about where “Niter” comes from and what it is composed of. We walk through the filtering steps that allow you to achieve crystal clear Delicious Maple Syrup that you can be proud to display!

We end the conversation by talking about the most common mistake made when filtering that leads to sugar-sand still appearing in the bottom of Maple Syrup jars, even though the syrup was filtered multiple times!

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For links to purchase the refractometer, mesh filters, and synthetic filter we talk about in this episode, go to:

Non-woven mesh Filters: https://amzn.to/3H6tOU2   

Synthetic Maple Syrup Filter: https://amzn.to/33za4e7    

Maple Syrup Refractometer: https://amzn.to/3BCidv1    

Filter Holder Wire: https://amzn.to/3p20PL6    

Maple Syrup Canning Bottles: https://amzn.to/36s1j6R    

Candy Thermometer: https://amzn.to/3I4xOG0    

For links to a free eBook and other Maple Syrup Resources, check out:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

Want to get started making your own Delicious Maple Syrup? Click here to get started and download the "How to Make Maple Syrup - Cheat Sheet"!

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrup

Thanks for Listening to the:

How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast

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Jan 04, 202209:14
The Million Dollar Maple Syrup Heist of 2012!
Dec 28, 202109:20
What is the "Jones Rule of 86"? And how can you use it to make better Maple Syrup?
Dec 21, 202110:32
Easy and Free Way to Increase the Sugar Content of Your Maple Sap
Dec 14, 202110:46
How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar

How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar

“What if I invest in a bunch of equipment, and then decide I don’t actually like making Maple Syrup?”  In this podcast episode, I give you a super simple (and inexpensive) way to try out making Maple Syrup with almost no investment whatsoever!  You will still need access to a Maple Tree (any type is fine) round-about mid-March, as well as a few simple supplies (you probably have them lying around the house…), and then you can try out “Maple-Sugaring” to see if you actually enjoy it!

We’ll also talk about how much it actually costs to make your own maple syrup (once you decide to take the plunge). We’ll go through startup costs as well as recurring costs.

     

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup     

My recommended Maple Sugaring Supplies List as well as Free resources and eBooks on making Maple Syrup:

https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrupResources    

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/     


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Episode 006 

Ep006 - How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast - How to Make Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar!

Dec 06, 202112:47
How to Perfect the Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup

How to Perfect the Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup

In this episode, we discuss: How do you know when your Maple Syrup is done? What is the best way to measure the exact sugar content (brix) of your Maple Syrup? How and when to bottle your Maple Syrup?  Why is some Maple Syrup so dark?

     

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

     

The Propane Burner I use to boil down Maple Sap:   https://amzn.to/3ILzhB9      

The Refractometer I use to measure sugar content of my Maple Syrup:     https://amzn.to/3INYpXX     

Mesh (Non-woven) Syrup Filters:     https://amzn.to/3AM16X5     

Synthetic (Orlon) Filter:     https://amzn.to/3obcfLZ     

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For links to the other equipmint I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources

      

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:

     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/

     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/

     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/


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My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Thanks for listening!

Richard Tomlinsen


Episode 005

Nov 29, 202119:24
How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup

In this episode, we discuss the different methods of boiling Maple Sap, and the boiling method I use (and why). We also answer the questions: How long does it take to boil Maple Syrup? When do I stop boiling Maple Syrup? Can you stop boiling and then start up again?

     This is a link to the Propane Burner I use to boil down Maple Sap:   https://amzn.to/3ILzhB9     

     This is a link to the Refractometer I use to measure sugar content of my Maple Syrup:     https://amzn.to/3INYpXX     

(I may earn commissions for purchases made through the link above. Links such as these help podcasters like me to fund the free content we provide in our podcasts.)

     

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup      

For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources     

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/     

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/     

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Thanks for listening!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nov 24, 202115:48
How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup

How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup

In this episode, we discuss: When to start tapping Maple Trees, How Long does the Maple Sap Tapping Season Last? How deep to set your spiles (taps)? How to store Maple Sap until you are ready to Boil.

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:     

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup     

For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:      

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources      

To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:      

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/      

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/       

https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/      

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series, I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this series we cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Nov 17, 202110:02
Identifying Maple Trees, Sugar Content, and Taste

Identifying Maple Trees, Sugar Content, and Taste

In this episode, we'll discuss: 

1. How to identify maple trees and some specifics of the different varieties.

2. The sugar content of different Maple Trees.

3. How sugar content varies over the season and from year to year.

3. We'll then talk to Rachel and get her take on the taste of Maple Syrup from different Maple Trees.

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"!

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this 5-part series we are going to cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!

Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Nov 11, 202113:19
Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast!

Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast!

Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"! 

My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this 5 episode series I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup!

Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:

https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup

In this episode, I want to introduce myself to you, as well as my assistant (my daughter, Rachel) and provide a little bit of background on the art of Making Maple Syrup, and who this podcast is for. We will also set the stage for the next several episodes where we will dive into the specific steps. 

My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir!

In this 5-part series we are going to cover the following topics:

1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?)

2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!)

3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!)

4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?")

5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!)

I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes!


Why am I doing this?

I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!

Nov 05, 202111:21