I was watching the buds form on the maple tree and wondering when I should pull the spile. Then we had a bunch of kids over playing in the backyard this weekend and one of them pulled it out! I was worried I’d miss a day or two of sap flow which actually makes a difference to the final syrup crop when you’re only dealing with one tree. However, I think it was time and I couldn’t be bothered to put the thing back in again so that was the end of 2011 sap collection. Final yield: 17 litres.
I did the final boil-off this morning and filtered it through a cloth into an old syrup bottle and jar. I’m much more interested in the process of syrup making than I am in the final product so now I have to remember to actually make pancakes and use this stuff up before next spring.