I think if I have time this spring I may try my hand at making some Birch Syrup for my own uses.
I was curious if there were any other syrup makers here?
I have ordered just about everything I didn't already own and should be set up with everything I need.
I made maple syrup when I was a teenager and it was a lot of fun.
I know birch will be quite a bit different but also fun.
If there are some other syrup makers here I may have a few questions that I get conflicting answers from using Google.
Such as can I use a copper tub to evaporate my sap or is stainless the only way to go.
And should I plug the holes with corks or not?
The UAF brochure says the new standard is to leave them open and let the tree heal itself but other sources say it could be bad for the tree.
Also I bought a refractometer for its simplicity in checking sugar content so I know when it is done. The refractometer also only requires a few drops of syrup vs a few ounces for the hydrometer. But some online searching seems to indicate a preference for the hydrometer for many people.
I am going to be using plastic spiles and tubing to buckets on the ground as that's how I collected my maple sap before and it worked well for me then so why change?
Anyway this could lead to some good discussion so lets talk Birch Syrup!