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#1001 solid7

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:19 PM

By the way, there's no such thing as a complete failure when it comes to teas. Just use it as a soil drench. Not optimal, but not a complete loss, either.
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:00 PM

And just like that,

 

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:01 PM

I was good up to this point...


But what is this?

Was this recipe recommended? If so, did they give you a timeline for the brew?

Volume doesn't matter with teas, the brew time is constant according to the proportions of the ingredients. Unless these ingredients have some property that inhibits microbial development, you should have been done and dusted by 28 hours, for sure. But again, that's provided that your extra ingredients don't have a say in this. I'm just not familiar with what you're cooking up...

 

Complex sugars and calcium syrup in a nutshell.


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 03:28 PM

I just used mine today.

 

3gal batch

 

3gal tap water with air stones running for a day or so before using.

1cup worm casting

1 tbs molasses

Handful of Alaska fish and kelp pellets.

1 tbs of dried ground kelp.

 

Foamed like mad within 24hrs. Let it run for around 36hr.


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:54 PM

I just used mine today.
 
3gal batch
 
3gal tap water with air stones running for a day or so before using.
1cup worm casting
1 tbs molasses
Handful of Alaska fish and kelp pellets.
1 tbs of dried ground kelp.
 
Foamed like mad within 24hrs. Let it run for around 36hr.


It's the proteins in the fish pellets that are making you foam. It's just like adding dish soap. You may want to put those in the last couple hours of your brew. They dissolve super easy. Plus, then you can gauge the health of your AACT...
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 12:28 PM

I know folks who brew their tea for three days



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Posted 05 June 2018 - 03:15 PM

I know folks who brew their tea for three days


It's true that there will be something left after the 20-28 hour typical brew period. It's just that that time frame has been found to be optimal (by those who actually studied it) for both numbers of microbes, and diversity. Apparently, after some time in captivity, certain of the little germs start to eat certain of the others. I guess if we're going to the trouble of making this stuff, we probably want it to be at its maximum effectivity.
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Some people suggest that as long as there is food and air, there will be microbes and microbial growth. But in fact, this isn't exactly true. Like a fish tank, the microrganisms, if left in a closed environment, will begin to stagnate in their own waste products. So that's why there is a time frame assigned to the brew.  It's also why it's not recommended to "recharge" the brew with more castings or carbohydrates.
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I don't actually measure microbe counts, so I can't speak with authority on what numbers of which microbes are present. But I do have faith in the process, and follow it as such. :)


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 09:15 PM

I'm planning to run a small batch of tea using a pump recommended for 10 gal aquariums. I'm thinking I'll brew only about a quart in a half gallon bucket size. I crunched the numbers relative to using a more powerful pump (e.g. 40 liters/min) in a 5 gal bucket. I think my pump will suffice to aerate a L of tea. Anyway, it's a practical amount for me, as it can be diluted 1:10 and I'll only be using it for some of my plants.





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