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                                  Once sap has officially become syrup, filtered samples are graded based on color (above). Golden is typically the lightest, followed by amber, dark, and very dark.
  Once enough water
has evaporated, a Brix reading is done to check the final sugar content. At Tree Juice Maple Syrup (left) 67% is the magic number, which indicates that the syrup is thick enough to cling to pancakes, but not boiled to the point that it crystallizes.
photos (clockwise from top right) by richard a. smith, by meghan spiro, by charlotte collins
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