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Backyard Sugarin': A Complete How-To Guide, Third Edition Paperback – February 7, 2006

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Tells everything you need to know. -- Country Living

About the Author

Rink Mann lived in New Hampshire and made his own maple syrup for many years. He died in 2003.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gardening & Country Living
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 3 edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881502162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881502169
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the do-it-yourself book that got me started on that sweet rite of spring -- making my own maple syrup. The author's emphasis is on how to do it efficiently and very cheaply, using easy-to-find materials you can scrounge yourself. If you have the trees to tap, by all means get this book! (Hint: they don't have to be the sugar maple species. Try other maples as well. I get great syrup from box elders, which I considered "trash trees" until I learned they are in the maple family. Now I treasure them like gold.)

My own sugaring set-up is total simplicity: just some old refrigerator grates set on top of cinder blocks, heated with odd scraps of wood that fell from trees in our woods, or that others have thrown away at construction sites, etc. (Much better than having those go in the landfill!) The sap is boiled down in flat baking pans, then finished off on the stove inside. Except for the initial expense to buy some professional spiles for tapping (you can make those, too, but I'm a failure as a tinsmith) and the propane it takes to finish a batch, I have spent ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the 3-4 gallons of syrup we make each year. Not a bad return for a book that I cost me less than ten bucks!
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This book has an overarching philosophy - keep it simple and keep it cheap! The authors describe everything you need to know and stress not having to pay for anything you can get for free. This quest for free stuff that works well is one of the pleasures of hobby sugaring. Well written descriptions of all the processes. Lots of photos. Reading it makes you wish the sap would start flowing NOW! Highly recommended
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I remember fondly the early Michigan spring from my childhood, helping my father collect sap. This more than anything fueled my desire to make my own syrup. This book, Rink Mann's "Backyard Sugarin'" is an excellent book to get you off without breaking your back or your bank account. The author has a delightful writing style that is thoroughly engrossing. The book is well illustrated, full of ideas and rock solid on exactly when, how and what to tap, and exactly how to process all that sap. I highly recomend this book. Even if you don't live in sugar country you will enjoy this book.
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the author had a ton of great ideas. This was my first book about syrup making and I learned a ton!

I was mildly disappointed to find that the bulk of the information was regarding the engineering of an outdoor evaporating system. I know the title Should have been a give-a-way, but I thought that "backyard sugarin'" meant collecting the sap from your own yard.

We are just experimenting with syrup production on a tiny scale for homeschool purposes. I had hoped that we could use the book as a text for learning history, methodology, etc. Unfortunately, this book did not fill that expectation.
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"Backyard sugaring" used to be a big thing among families here in Vermont and I'm glad Rink Mann wrote this simple and practical book to help get us back to it.

I bought this book 20 years ago with an eye to give sugaring a try since I have plenty of sugar maples here. Mann starts off with good practical advice about selecting the trees to tap (and they're not limited to only sugar maples) and gives a lot of ideas about times, buckets, equipment, and solving problems (ex: frozen sap).

A great portion of the book has a ton of information about making your own sap evaporators from simple parts like cinder blocks and pans all the way up to near-professional oil-fired evaporators made from 50-gallon drums. His instructions are so good there's little that can go wrong. In my first attempt I used the cinder-block-and-pans method, and the instructions are so clear and practical there was little problem in producing my first 10 gallon batch of great maple syrup!

Since then I've graduated to developing a sugar bush (large stands of maple trees) and pooling resources with neighbors who professionally produce and market local maple syrup. All thanks to Rink Mann for the inspiration.
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If you are just getting started in the awesomeness that is maple sugaring; this book is a great introduction.

It will give you general idea on what you'll be getting into and how to do it yourself without spending a fortune on manufactured sugaring equipment (after you've caught the bug you will spend a fortune on manufactured sugaring equipment, trust me).

The author goes to great depths on his descriptions and there are pictures as well (the pictures look better on a color tablet than a black and white kindle).

Having completed a few batches of syrup now, I am happy with the information and techniques contained in this book. Remember, this book is for the hobbyist and an introduction to maple sugaring. If you're a pro it will seem like a kindergarten picture book.
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My husband and I decided to try tapping our maple trees this year. Since we live on a very limited budget, and also on only one-third of an acre on suburban Long Island with 5 maple trees in our yard, we did not want an expensive or elaborate set up. This book was perfect for showing us how to make a maple syrup without any fancy equipment. Very interesting, easy to follow, and a fun read full of great ideas. We managed to get about 2 gallons of maple syrup in this, our first, year. And it is absolutely delicious. The only reason we quit at 2 gallons is because my husband got sick (flu?) and wasn't able to sit outside tending the fire. So the last batch of sap we collected we have fermenting into maple beer instead. Hopefully that will turn out as well as the maple syrup itself. Anyway, I highly recommend this book.
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