Lamothe’s Sugar House

The steam wafting out of the roof vents carries the smell of warm maple syrup.

The maple taps near our house prompted a visit to a sugar house to see how maple sap becomes maple syrup. We visited Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington, Connecticut, a short drive from Hartford. Here is some of what we learned:

    • Sugar Maples have the highest sugar content of any maple trees.
    • Temperatures for optimal maple sap collection are 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 22 degrees Fahrenheit at night.  Temperatures are in this optimal range for just 1 or 2 months per year.
    • As soon as the trees start to bud, the maple sugaring season ends.  The trees still produce sap, but it has a bitter taste and a lower sugar content.
    • 40 gallons of sap are required to make 1 gallon of syrup.
    • Lamothe’s has 15 miles of tubing to collect the sap in their sugar maple grove.  The deer and squirrels like to nibble the lines.
    • Diatomaceous earth, multi-stage filters, and UV lights are all used to purify the syrup.
    • All collected sap is turned into syrup within 24 hours after collection.

The tour is all indoors with little walking. Ray, the tour guide, shows the state-of-the-art, maple syrup-making equipment.

This syrup was produced by Ray, so it is HOTT (with 2 T's) & Delicious - Ray; 2012 Amber

The maple leaf jar makes the syrup taste even sweeter


About Beth

Wife, mother of 2, worker bee - striving to balance roles and continually learn
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3 Responses to Lamothe’s Sugar House

  1. How fun! The kids must have loved it.

  2. shoes says:

    How cool! What a fun thing to do. Mmmm, maple syrup…

  3. So FASCINATING. Thanks for schooling me on syrup!

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