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    Default Calling Ken Bora

    I could has asked this in a private message but by asking publicly, others may learn as well.

    Does maple syrup have a vintage aspect like wine? Are there good years and bad years both in terms of quantity and quality?

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    I just learned that there are different grades A and B...the B grade is used in many internal cleanses...

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    I suppose that the follow-on question is, what differentiates between them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Johnson View Post
    I suppose that the follow-on question is, what differentiates between them?
    the way it was explained to me was that the grade B wasnt as refined and therefore had more raw properties which helped in "going thru" your system with less absorbtion
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    the way it was explained to me was that the grade B wasnt as refined and therefore had more raw properties which helped in "going thru" your system with less absorbtion
    What a waste of maple syrup regardless of grade!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golddogs View Post
    What a waste of maple syrup regardless of grade!
    wasnt me ... a friend of mine was doing the cleanse, I was just her shopping buddy...it was mixed with tea, lemon juice and some other herbs...an 8oz bottle went for about $7.95
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    wasnt me ... a friend of mine was doing the cleanse, I was just her shopping buddy...it was mixed with tea, lemon juice and some other herbs...an 8oz bottle went for about $7.95
    Thats expensive shit!!

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    aw man too little time to type right now, I will get back to this for you all


    1st - vintage... no. good and bad years oh yes. but pure Vermont maple syrup is pure sugar and checked by state sold hydrometers... so grade. it is a color grade only BUT!!! as all pure Vermont maple syrup is = by hydrometer why is some lite and some darker??? things that make syrup dark are age of sap, time of boil, temp of boil, how clean all your gear is (holding tanks, boiling pans, pilelines in the woods, EVERYTHING your sap touches) So if your sap is as fresh as you can get boiled hot HOT and FAST is clean pans you MAY make fancy. And you may not. You can not set out to make a grade and you may make medium amber in the morning and when a low pressure system rolls in, in the afternoon and gives you a harder boil you may all of a sudden start pulling off fancy. Farmers try things like passing sap through UV light tubes to clean in and R,O, units to concentrate the sugar so they have to boil it less... all to make fancy and still sometimes they do and sometimes they do not.
    Sugaring, started by Native People with no iron pans can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it and is still in the end ruled by mother nature.

    as for the cleanse thing, I don't know nothin' bout cleansing

    and the price, sounds about right. I sell a 500 ml glass jar for $15
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    quick add on
    the fancy grade will have a lite flavor and the darker "B" grade will have a robust maple flavor. I tend to have the most of my crop be "A Meduim Amber" it is the 2 grade down from "Fancy" being the lightest in color. I try and try and scrub and scrub and boil hot and still I will only get a Fancy batch once a season if that. But I am a small timer with no U.V. or R.O. units boiling with wood with an open pan. Like our Grandfathers did
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    very interesting stuff there Ken, thanks for sharing that
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    A few things that I learned still ring true. "Lanse when you get a gift, say thank you and walk away. When you get a screwing walk away. You are going to get a lot more screwings than gifts"

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