According to Grandpa they had about 20 gallons of sap from the buckets we hung. They dumped it into this big container on the tractor.
After the sap has been boiling for awhile you check to see how thick it is getting. If it is "sheeting" you are on the right track.
After a while Grandpa tests to see if it's ready in this metal test tube thingy. Once he is satisfied with that he then draws off some of the syrup from the boiler.
It's not done yet, now it needs to be filtered to get all the gross stuff out. I don't know what equates to gross stuff but I'm guessing tree bark, bugs and the like.
Apparently syrup has a grade. The best, highest grade syrup is very light in color. The darker the syrup gets the lesser the quality and taste. This thingy below helps decide what grade you have made.
Here is the syrup we made. You tell me what quality you think it is.
All that matters is that Tommy had fun and got to spend time with his grandparents. I loved watching Tommy interact with them and the bonding between them was very special. I'm sad that they all live so far away. I know I'll remember this visit for a long time and I hope that Tommy does too.