Hey! Norm's Making Maple Syrup
Berryville Farms, Somers Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Video Above: Collecting syrupNorm tells me that tapping season isn't determined by a date on the calendar. It all depends on weather conditions. Peak sap flow occurs when it freezes at night and the next day it is bright and sunny in the 40's. The season is short, usually three to four weeks at best. By all accounts, it is still winter in Wisconsin in March but that is our "tapping season". This year, I asked Norm if I could follow him around and learn how he makes his famous syrup. The day I took the video was windy so you'll have to overlook the noise. Gee whiz, I am not a Hollywood producer so I hope you overlook my first time producer/director movie making debut!
Video Above: The Firebox Explanation
Norm explains the process of boiling the sap in his firebox. After several years of trial and error, he will tell you how he perfected this process.
Video Above: After the Boil OffCollecting the syrup and the boil off is only the beginning of making syrup. There are a few more important steps to do the job correctly. Norm will tell you why the hydrometer is an important piece of equipment needed to finish making an exceptional batch of syrup!
|Norm cuts and splits his own firewood,|
|Norm's home-made firebox and chimney.|
|Keeping the fire hot is important during the boiling process.|
|A small hole is made into the trunk of the maple tree and a tap is inserted. Through the tap, the sap drips down the plastic tube into a covered 5 gallon bucket.|