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the infinity spile®

Certified NAturally Grown

Maple Hill Farm is now introducing the Infinity Spile™, a newly designed small diameter stainless steel spile.  It fits a tap hole of 5/32 inch and standard maple tubing measuring 5/16 inch.  The new spile also includes two red o-rings, both for an improved seal with maple tubing and better visibility of the spile.

 

Composed of stainless steel rather than plastic, the Infinity Spile™ can be fully ultrasonically cleaned, and therefore reused indefinitely.  Reuse makes it more economical for long-term maple production and it also forgoes the time and labor that is required every year for removal and replacement of plastic spiles.

 

The Infinity Spile™ requires a smaller tap hole than a traditional spile does, which takes less time and effort to drill.  It also causes less stress for the tree, as a smaller hole is more quickly healed and presents less risk of bacterial and fungal infection.

The amount of sap flow is entirely dependent on the weather conditions of a given year and there is no such thing as a miracle spile that will guarantee excellent sap flow every year.  Although it can’t turn a bad year into a good year, the Infinity Spile, despite its small diameter, is capable of obtaining the same amount of sap as a larger spile.  The table below displays eight years of production figures for the Infinity Spile as used by Maple Hill Farm.

 

             Year

        Gallons of Syrup

               Tree Taps

2006

533

1743

2007

495

1690

2008

876

1860

2009

594

1840

2010

294

1820

2011

760.25

1820

2012

425

1807

2013

493

1640

Each spile costs $3.00.  Used plastic spiles can be turned in for 10 cent discounts (limit one discount per Infinity Spile).  All plastic spiles received will be recycled.  If 300 or more Infinity Spiles are ordered, free shipping is provided along with a lightweight hammer and two 5/32 drill bits at no extra charge.  The Infinity Spile is guaranteed against any defects in material or workmanship.

Maple Hill Farm is also offering a new combination maple fitting for only $0.29. This piece functions as a cap for 5/16 inch plastic tubing, that is used in the collection of sap from maple trees.  The wider dimension allows it to fit snugly around the pipe, rather than inside like traditional plugs do.  The wider dimension and placement around the outside of pipe provides a significant advantage over a traditional plug.  This piece will not stretch pipe while it is in place for months throughout the year.  This reduces the likelihood of sap leakage the next year when the pipe is put to use again on the spile.  It also reduces the labor of having to sever stretched ends of pipe before each season. The cap also includes a clip type fastener that allows the pipe to be folded and attached to itself for practical off-season placement.  Additionally, this cap serves a second function as a plug for some traditional spiles.  Serving as a plug, this piece can help keep spiles clean for the next year and also serve as an airtight seal when the entire tubing system is cleaned at the conclusion of the maple production season.

 

More information can be found by contacting us at (518)-234-4858 or emailing at  mhfarmvcrb@wildblue.net 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evaporator that boils off the water from the sap has a fire that is 3000 degrees and burns 1/2 a ton of slab wood an hour. This is the fire box of our evaporator that is 6'x20'.

Once the weather changes to warm days in the 40s and cool nights in the 20s, the sap starts to flow. The trees are tricked by the weather into thinking that it's spring by day and winter at night. During the day, they send their sap to the top of the tree, on it's way up we "tap" some of it, not harming the tree in the process. At night, the tree sends its sap back down to the roots thinking it's winter again. The next day we begin the cycle again. This continues until it warms up during the night as well as the day, then the sap stays up in the tree and the season is over. Sap season may last up to six weeks in a good year.

To make sure the syrup is syrup and determine the grade (or color) we use a hydrometer and grading kit.

Every day during Sap Season we bring the sap to the Sap House and "boil it down". The sap gets boiled until it's over 219 degrees ; its density changes and the sugar in the sap concentrates while the water evaporates. It's tricky business because sap can burn easily and be ruined.

Nowadays we use finishing pans to complete the process, readying the syrup for bottling. We test for grade by color and density and bottle accordingly. Usually the first syrup produced in the season is the lightest, which we call Light Amber. Then, as the season progresses, the darker syrups are produced. This is due to the bacterial content in the sap, which is due to warmer days. Luckily, maple trees produce a harmless bacteria that is burned off during boiling.

This (left) is the hot syrup coming off the finishing pan and being filtered for the last time. We are filtering out the sugar sand or minerals that are present in the syrup. This sugar sand if left in the
syrup wouldn't affect the flavor but would make it cloudy and give it a granular texture.

The syrup is then bottled in the custom jugs used at Maple Hill Farm. The syrup is at 180 to 200 degrees when it is bottled. It's about midnight, a typical time to be bottling the syrup!

The Maple Syrup on your pancakes today is Pure, produced only by boiling out the water and is actually beneficial to your health as a sugar substitute.

This spring, come and visit your local Sap House or come to Maple Hill Farm and join in this time-honored tradition or ours.


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