How Many Maple Syrup Makers Does it Take…

by Tig Tillinghast

How many maple syrup makers does it take to measure the maple syrup density in the front pan? Answer: five. One to use the refractometer, another to tell you it’s not temperature-corrected, a third to mention how he does it with a hydrometer instead, and that *everyone* knows that hydrometers are more accurate, a fourth to contradict the third and call him a name; and a fifth to tell the first to stop licking the maple syrup off the refractometer.