My house smells like maple syrup...

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  1. BudAshes

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    Its not a terrible smell but its really odd considering there has been no maple syrup or anything similar used recently. Its kind of an overwhelming smell too. It has been 2 days of maple syrup, i'm ready for a new smell, dammit.
     
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    GET OUT!!!11
     
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    Odd smells are often an indication of a brain tumor. Sorry.
     
  5. xochi

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    Does the smell have anything to do with your moniker, Budashes?
     
  6. Safeway

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    This is the maple syrup cooking season. In order to get maple syrup, you take a huge amount of maple water and boil it down. You have to boil off 40 parts water for every part maple syrup.

    That means if you boil 41 gallons of maple water, you will get 1 gallon of low-grade maple syrup.
     
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    Sorry, I used your house for a syrup wrestling contest while you were out.
     
  8. BudAshes

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    Even weirder is that me and my girlfriend sniffed it out after airing out the house and it appears to be coming from the washing machine/dryer area.
     
  9. Saint Michael

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    Strange math there...
     
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    I've noticed some dirty areas can end up smelling oddly like maple syrup.
     
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    er, so which one of them is peeing behind the washer & dryer? :Q
     
  13. Safeway

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    41 gallons maple water - 40 gallons pure water = 1 gallon maple syrup

    40 parts water :: 1 part maple syrup


    Did you skip the day they taught basic arithmetic?
     
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    both.
     
  15. Saint Michael

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    40 maple "water" to every 1 part maple syrup is a 40:1 ratio, in other words 40 gallons of maple "water" makes 1 gallon of maple syrup.
     
  16. BudAshes

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    Maybe there is a zombie maple syrup disease baby peeing in our walls.
     
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    Is the laundry room a "common" area? (apartment/condo/etc)

    If so, it could be glue traps for rodents/insects. They usually have a peanut butter or maple syrup smell.
     
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    He said "you have to boil off 40 parts..." That means you start with 41 parts, boil off 40 parts and are left with 1 part.

    However, I disagree. The number of gallons needed depends on several factors. Usually, the sap from the trees earlier is sweeter than later run sap. The number of gallons of sap ends up varying between 30 and 50 gallons. 40 is a nice average number. The 40:1 ratio with the claim of boiling off 40 parts to make 1 part probably came from some over-zealous website builder attempting to display has incredible math skills. :p Generally, it's simply boiled down until it reaches the right density. Too thin and it'll ferment. Too thick and it'll crystallize (which isn't such a bad thing.)

    Furthermore, the water doesn't have to be boiled off. Well, not all of it anyway. Reverse osmosis will get rid of a significant percentage of the water prior to boiling off more, saving money on fuel.

    Lastly, darn it!!!!! I haven't had breakfast or lunch (except for a cup of coffee). It's nearly 6pm and I won't be home for another 2 hours. Now I have a huge craving for pancakes and real maple syrup. It's about $30 (at least I'm hoping the people I got it from last year for $7.50 a quart still have it at that price) to $55 a gallon around here, and worth every penny. I think it's going to be pancakes and eggs for dinner tonight.
     
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    That makes a bit more sense, but that's still a pretty bizarre way to talk about ratios. It's also maple sap, not maple water, so when he talks about "boiling off 40 parts of water" it's hard to say if he means water from the sap or the sap itself, which he refers to as "maple water".
     
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    Its a house with just us in it. Its the ghost of maple syrup.
     
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    Put a tap in it. Maple syrup is expensive these days!
     
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    use KY instead.
     
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    OP, my guess would be that someone upstream in the sewer system is processing something using maple trees and flushing a waste product down the drain.

    It is possible that you have a trap from a floor drain that's dried out and allowing sewer gas to escape. Try pouring some water in all the floor drains or seldom used sinks you can find.

     
  24. IEC

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    Maple syrup sounds good...
     
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    O FUK THE CANADIANS ARE COMIN