This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I spent a couple days in Indianapolis this past week and visited Southeastway Park, where the staff was making maple syrup. This brought back some memories--when I was a student with the Benedictine monks in Minnesota, I helped out one day with their maple-syrup-making operation, which was very much like this one. Below you can see the heating apparatus used to condense the sap into syrup. I asked if it they got one gallon of syrup for 40 gallons of sap and was told that was what people in New England get. The people here are lucky to get one gallon of finished syrup for fifty gallons of sap. A lot of boiling is required to get rid of all the surplus water.