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anyone tapping birch yet?

Chuck Freeman

Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 116
Location: Southcentral Alaska
Anyone else getting ready to start tapping birch? I got our spiels and buckets out and ready this morning. It will be another week or so before the sap starts running I like to be ready. We just tap enough to drink it makes a good spring tonic. We don't make to often it just take to much time for the end results, about 100 gallons of sap = 1 gallon of syrup.


Joined: Dec 27, 2010
Posts: 15
Location: Inland North Atlantic
We have a lot of birch around my neck of the woods and I've heard that a kind of wine can be made from the sap. I may try this come on to spring.

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Travis Philp

Joined: Dec 28, 2009
Posts: 965
Location: ZONE 5a Lindsay Ontario Canada
I've had birch wine that a friend made. It was one of the better sweet wines I've ever had. Good luck
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Emerson White

Joined: May 02, 2010
Posts: 1206
Location: Alaska
that sounds pretty good. Do you know what kind of yeast to use? Up this far (61N) sap flow isn't for a couple months,  yet, but I would love to make some wine with the excess that I don't drink fresh.
Travis Philp

Joined: Dec 28, 2009
Posts: 965
Location: ZONE 5a Lindsay Ontario Canada
I'm not sure exactly what type of yeast but it would have most likely been typical wine yeast you can buy in those little packets. Thats what he uses for the other types of wine he makes.
Cory Arsenault

Joined: Mar 03, 2011
Posts: 55
Location: Ottawa, Canada
I've heard that vodka can be made from birch...
Jeff Hodgins

Joined: Mar 29, 2011
Posts: 179
Thorn apples are good. I taped a few different trees this year I got good drinking sap but I especialy like the ants that come to drink the sap. Ther'er sweet and sour I just like them off the bark yum. 
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