Ahhh this is a family experiment. There are so many variables even when the pros do this that there is a good chance that we may all get about a tablespoon of syrup when it is all said and done :) But that is not really the point of it all anyways the point is to experience life to the fullest and that is what we are trying to do! I received my taps in the mail on Friday. I called a local woman that I purchased syrup from last year and asked for some tips. She was so sweet and helpful which is pretty common in the world of a farming community. All you have to do is ask and they will sit you down and impart there years of wisdom at no charge.
We explored all the options for how to collect the sap. You can purchase special buckets or bags there are people that use milk jugs or coffee cans. After looking at them all we decided that we were going to try to put as little money into this as possible and came up with our own method. So with two new 5 gallon buckets that we already had, some tubing and connectors we made or collecting system. It is pretty cool if I do say so myself. Well I can't really take design credit since Ryan really came up with the whole thing. So here it is!
Assembling the collection system
Drilling for the tap.
Our little helper.
Look closely you can see it coming!!
Our tree which Elaina said looks like it is at the doctors.