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MAPLE SYRUP: A STEIGERWALDT FAMILY TRADITION

Collecting sap is a favorite part of the process for the grandkids.

We hang tapered aluminum pails from the spouts and attach metal
lids to keep out debris.

Warm days and cool nights keep the sap flowing.

Big freezes concentrate the sugar content of the collected sap.

is regularly stoked with hardwood from
thinnings instead of oil or gas, which are
used by many other operations. The sap
house is made from red and white pine
logs harvested from Steigerwaldt Tree
Farms' land. The structure is open above
the four-foot high walls, so the steam
evaporates and disperses quickly.
The season begins in February, when
we tap five to ten trees so we can check
for any sap run. If there is any at all, it is
typically short-lived. Most big runs start
about the second or third week in March.
We tap between 150 and 200 trees over a
two-week period as the weather warms
up. The best sap runs and collection occur
when nights cool to below 25 degrees
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and days warm to above 40 degrees. It
is a veritable symphony in the forest on
those days as a steady plunk, plunk, plunk
of the dripping sap emanates from all the
maples, in all directions.
Occasionally there will be really cold
nights, which leave ice blocks in the
pails. Big freezes complicate collecting
and cooking, but the bright spot is that it
gives us the opportunity to pick the ice out
of each aluminum pail. All of the sugar,
then, is concentrated into any unfrozen
sap, bringing the sugar content of the
sap up to 5 or 6 percent instead of the
usual 2 percent. The end result is much
less cooking evaporation time required
to produce a gallon of syrup. Instead of

evaporating 40 to 50 gallons of sap per
one gallon of syrup production, we can
evaporate 20 to 30 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup, saving cooking
time and a lot of firewood.
Sugar content is always an interesting
variable from year to year. Usually, it starts
out the season high and then tapers off.
Sometimes the ratio of sugar maple trees
to soft maple trees can have an effect.
Our testing shows that the sugar maple
and soft maple have similar sugar content
early in the season, but then soft maple's
sugar content drops fast after two to three
weeks. Whatever the mix of maple species, the first two gallons of finished syrup
in any season are typically very light in
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
The Consultant - 2018 - 3
The Consultant - 2018 - 4
The Consultant - 2018 - 5
The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
The Consultant - 2018 - 9
The Consultant - 2018 - 10
The Consultant - 2018 - 11
The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The Consultant - 2018 - 13
The Consultant - 2018 - 14
The Consultant - 2018 - 15
The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Consultant - 2018 - 17
The Consultant - 2018 - 18
The Consultant - 2018 - 19
The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
The Consultant - 2018 - 21
The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
The Consultant - 2018 - 23
The Consultant - 2018 - 24
The Consultant - 2018 - 25
The Consultant - 2018 - 26
The Consultant - 2018 - 27
The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
The Consultant - 2018 - 29
The Consultant - 2018 - 30
The Consultant - 2018 - 31
The Consultant - 2018 - 32
The Consultant - 2018 - 33
The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
The Consultant - 2018 - 35
The Consultant - 2018 - 36
The Consultant - 2018 - 37
The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
The Consultant - 2018 - 39
The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
The Consultant - 2018 - 41
The Consultant - 2018 - 42
The Consultant - 2018 - 43
The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
The Consultant - 2018 - 45
The Consultant - 2018 - 46
The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
The Consultant - 2018 - 49
The Consultant - 2018 - 50
The Consultant - 2018 - 51
The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
The Consultant - 2018 - 53
The Consultant - 2018 - 54
The Consultant - 2018 - 55
The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
The Consultant - 2018 - 57
The Consultant - 2018 - 58
The Consultant - 2018 - 59
The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Consultant - 2018 - 61
The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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The Consultant - 2018 - cover4
The Consultant - 2018 - outsert1
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The Consultant - 2018 - outsert3
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