Hats off to PineBurrowPeeps for posting about her syrup and inspiring folks here on BYC. I know I personally have always wanted to try it, but have just never gotten around to it. Nor did I have any of the proper tapping equipment. So once I decided (last night!) that I was really going to do it, I had to figure out how I was going to tap without having access to the traditional tapping supplies. Here's what I came up with. As my father-in-law would call it, the hill billy tapper: I had read not to use milk jugs; something to do with the acidity of the sap. When I was at the grocery store, I ran across 1 gallon Arizona Iced Tea jugs. The label listed citric acid and a 25% dose of Vitamin C. I'm fairly confident these will hold up to the sap. I brought them home, dumped out the tea (not a fan of bottled teas!), washed them out and proceeded to drill a 1/2" hole through the lids. I then squeezed the 1/2" vinyl tubing through the hole and took them out to the trees. Once my tap holes were drilled, I just squeezed the tubes into the trees and watched them start oozing! I started out with two of these, but when I saw how well it worked, I went back out and got five more! I now have seven taps running. That first tap I started at around 12:15. I took this picture at about 6:15. As you can see, my 1 gallon jug is already a third of the way filled! So is anyone else tapping for the first time? How are you doing? And what supplies are you working with?