A Guide to Taps and Containers used in Maple Syrup Making

It is important to gather your gear for maple syrup making well before the sugaring season begins. This is the second video in a four-part series designed for the beginner maple syrup maker. In this video, we discuss the different sizes and types of taps available to use when tapping your maple trees. Additionally, we talk about the different types of containers used for collecting maple sap. We stress the importance of cleanliness of your taps and containers to have a longer and safer maple-sugaring season. Having the proper gear makes for an easier and more enjoyable maple-sugaring season. Remember a washed out kitty litter or paint bucket is not food grade and should not be part of your maple sap collection gear.

If you missed the first video in this series, Maple Identification Guide for Maple Syrup Makers, check out our Maple Syrup Video Library. Stay tuned for two more videos in this series for a complete view of maple syrup making. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Extension Iron County Agriculture Educator, Darrin Kimbler at 715-561-2695 or darrin.kimbler@wisc.edu.

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