Since tapping our half dozen trees, we have learned exactly how much sap maples can produce: a GREAT deal. 6 trees=2 gallons on a warm sunny day.
We are completely overwhelmed by it, especially since the weather stopped being cold cold warm, cold cold warm… We could keep up with that. The weather has finally started to turn warm warm warm, so we are drowning in sap. We are not yet up to drinking 5 gallons at once, like the crazy Koreans I linked earlier (that would keep us on top of it).
What to do with it all? *Trumpets* Hail kombucha!
It first occurred to me when I was reading about syrup reduction and encountered a comment explaining that when the sap is improperly or incompletely reduced, sometimes a ‘mother’ can form on top in the bottle of syrup, and this is a distasteful, undesirable thing….. wait, what?
Did somebody say ‘mother’?
I was already making maple sap-ginger tea all the time with chopped ginger in sap, so I started a jar of kombucha with that, 3/4 gal of straight sap, a mom and a splash of the previous tea kombucha. Will it work? Shockingly, the sap jar developed faster and matured faster than the tea jar next to it, which was a few days ahead of it.
I bottled the first batch and it is aMAZing. I’m saying so myself. It carbonates hard (under a week in bottle) and is nothing like any other kombucha I’ve tasted. Light, very gingery, sweet. Not distinctly mapley but bubbly like pop.
Did I mention we’re overwhelmed by sap? I’ve got six gallons of maple kombucha underway right now.