My Grand Father John D. Collins of Heflin Alabama has been making Sorghum Syrup for over 50 years and he still does it the old fashion way with the old fashion tools. From growing the cane all the way to cooking the syrup. Watch the video and it gives a pretty good Idea of how you do it the only thing not used like they did in the old days is the Horses, they were traded up for an Isuzu.
Watch the How to make Sorghum Syrup Video thats below
Sweet Sorghum or Sorghum Syrup or "even what I called it for years Sogcum" or any of the many varieties of sorghum which have a high sugar makeup. Sweet sorghum will thrive under just about any weather conditions unlike many other crops and is grown primarily for forage, silage, and sugar production.
The African slaves introduced this crop, which was then known as "Guinea corn," into the North American colonies in the early part of the 17th century. sorghum or Sweet Sorghum has been widely cultivated in the primary souther U.S. since the 1850s for use in sweeteners, primarily in the form of sorghum syrup. By the early 1900s, the U.S. produced 20 million gallons of sweet sorghum syrup annually. Making syrup from sorghum (as from sugar cane) is a heavily labor intensive jore. (I have seen that first hand) Following World War II, ther was a declining availability of farm labor, sorghum syrup production fell drastically. In the present day world we live, less than 1 million gallons are produced annually in the U.S. Most sorghum grown for syrup production is grown in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Sorghum syrup and hot biscuits are a traditional breakfast in southern Appala