Many producers use a filter press, which uses a pressure pump to push the syrup through a series of metal plates and frames, separated by single-use pieces of filter paper which capture the particles and result in crystal-clear syrup. For smaller producers, however, using paper and cloth filters and letting gravity pull the syrup through is an acceptable and far less expensive option.
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Tapping guidelines written by state regulators haven’t always kept pace with changes in industry practices or understanding of the science of sap flow, and researchers are working to update tapping guidelines.
When choosing an evaporator, it’s important to find the right size, fuel type, and tools to maximize efficiency.
Using new or clean taps and droplines has a significant impact on sap production.,
Knowing how to properly maintain your sugar bush — a maple producer’s most valuable resource — is a critical skill.
The final rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been issued, after several years of drafts and revisions, and concern about what the new regulations would mean for maple producers. Based on a read of the rules, and a discussion with Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor at the Office of Food Safety of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, for most sugarmakers the impact will be minimal.
Signed into law in 2011, the final rules of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) took several more years to complete. Now that they have been issued, there are new requirements that may apply to many sugarmakers.
Tapping trees has an impact on the value of those trees’ logs for lumber.
A new grading system standardizes how all maple producing jurisdictions label their syrup.
While sugar maples are the gold standard for sap production, red maples are also an important source of sap for maple products.