If people are turned off by how you treat them, they will not be turned on by what you teach them, no matter how compelling…Read More
John’s tests give us a means by which we can follow the trail of evidence to a reasonable conclusion with the Obedience test and the Love test, and a perfect conclusion with the truth test. Still, I must be careful to not allow personal biases or personality dislikes to skew the test results. I must be vigilant, careful, and prayerful in how and why I use this Biblical information.Read More
Christians ought to be the most joyful people anywhere. Why? Because of what the resurrection of our Lord has provided us- a joy and hope for the future that no one can take away.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!Read More
In the same way, historically, biblically, and rationally, Christianity is a consistent thing. It’s a conclusion you can feel safe adopting. The preponderance of evidence for its veracity is overwhelming. There are Cosmological, Moral, Teleological, and transcendental arguments to support it. There is historical evidence, literary evidence, archeological evidence. Most of all, it is intuitively evidentiary because of the moral, spiritual, and rational constitution of man.Read More
Many men just don’t like that feeling, and it’s tainted what men think of singing in church. Men feel manipulated by it. They feel like their autonomy has been challenged. And men do not like their autonomy challenged!Read More
I once had a guy stop attending church because he wanted preaching that “blows my hair back.” I’m not exactly sure how to accomplish that in preaching without the supplemental use of hair dryer, and a very large one at that because he always sat on the back row. I may have been happy to oblige if he’d have picked up and extension cord.Read More
Every small change to your systems and every success in those small changes is a "vote for the kind of person you want to be”. Over time, you’re no longer voting for that person, you are that person.Read More
What seems so crazy about all of this is that this is a phenomenon that unregenerate, likely God-denying secularists have observed and studied. Some even seem willing to examine themselves for it. Yet, as Biblicists, we know that the Bible gave it a name long ago. And so many of us seem unwilling to examine ourselves with honest examination to see if we’re affected.Read More
As I was stumbling backwards trying not to fall he said, “Never stand like that.” That was my first lesson in fighting. Subsequent lessons would all come from trying not to get punched in the face…. and getting punched in the face anyway.Read More
This is leadership from the front, not pushing from behind. Such leaders are not capricious in their choices but deliberate, basing their habits of life in principles that can be affirmed in Scripture.Read More
Virtue signaling is a public assertion of a moral or allegedly moral opinion in order to make one seem good and acceptable to a particular in-group they desire to identify with. But in what ways do we do this as Christians?Read More
To one who suppresses the innate knowledge of God’s truth on the conscience, wrong begins to look right, and right begins to look wrong. And they have no idea it’s happening to them. They become completely convinced that all they stand for is justifiable and fundamental to a cause they now view as righteous.Read More
In part one of this two part series, we demonstrated the outdoor part of the process. That included collecting the sap and boiling it most of the way down. Now for the indoor part. Some Maple-sugaring people just call this “finishing” the syrup, for, uh, obvious reasons.
This is the equipment you’ll need for finishing your maple syrup. Everything is either stainless steel or glass.
From left to right we have a funnel, a syrup testing cup, a hydrometer, candy thermometer, and glass bottles. Also notice both a paper, disposable pre-filter cone (kind of like a coffee filter), and a reusable cloth filter bag.
There are many suppliers online for syrup bottles. Alternatively, you could use mason jars. We use syrups bottles because sometimes we give them as gifts and they look more “official”.
Just make sure you sterilize the bottles and caps with boiling water. Syrup is really quite sensitive to bacteria.
When you finished the boiling the sap outside in your evaporator, you’ll want to finish boiling inside. Between those two steps, it’s a good idea to filter the sap one time through a paper filter. We got ours on amazon here, but I’ve even heard of some people using coffee filters.
After filtering, the sap may look like syrup and smell like syrup, but it still has too much water content to be syrup so you have to keep boiling. Put in a candy thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. When it gets to around 7 degrees hotter than the boiling point of water at your elevation, it’s pretty much syrup.
In addition to temperature checks, you should try to test the density of the liquid. When it gets to a specific density it’s officially syrup. Pour some of the sap/syrup into the testing cup when it’s getting close to temperature and slowly place in the hydrometer. They’re very delicate instruments. DON’T DROP IT IN! Ask me how I know.
Just follow the instructions with your hydrometer to test if the syrup is finished. We got ours at Tractor Supply.
Once the sap is at the right density, it’s officially syrup. But you’re not done yet. You need to filter it again. We did a test once to see how much filtration is needed. The picture below show from left to right: paper and cloth filtration, double paper filtration, and single paper filtration. You can see the difference in the bottom of the bottle and the overall clarity. All that “gunk” in the bottom is sugar “sand”, or more properly “Nitre”.
Filtering should be done immediately when the sap is ready because hot syrup filters much better than cold syrup. Here we’re running it through the cloth cone filter lined with a paper filter. Of the methods we’ve tried, this give us the clearest syrup.
After filtering the syrup this time, it gets bottled. It’s important that the syrup is still hot. That sort of helps with further insuring a sterile environment in the bottle. Once capped, lay the bottles down so the inside of the cap gets sterilized too.
This was a batch we did just the other day. These started as 37 gallons of maple sap from our backyard. It’s a lot of time and work, but having all of this finished syrup is so worth it. It’s far better than store-bought “syrup” and it’s rewarding to make stuff from your own land.
“Despite feeling overwhelmed at how long it might take, and how hot it was outside, I set to work. ‘No more blue tarp!” I thought to myself. No more would I allow our property to be the laughingstock of the neighborhood. No more would we have to deal with the curmudgeonly wrath of Mary.”Read More
It seems it is unsettlingly normal in our culture to find wives making the material sacrifices to ensure the home operates well and the husband is out shopping for a gaming console. My eye’s rolled really hard just writing that.Read More
I found it very interesting that David French brings out this comparison, that Intersectionality is basically a religion. And they’re not without their zealots. The protests, lobbying, and activist rally’s of these Intersectional groups he refers to as “essentially, massive religious movements”. It’s simply a religion of a different kind.Read More