ShowMeDaSauce said:Im going to add a little extra molasses to the next one but not until a little before using it. I figured once the stuff gets in the ground it might like a good meal. Plus the additional calcium and magnesium are not gunna hurt a thing.
I totally agree here. The soil food web will take care of itself once properly established. But that does bring up an interesting question. Have all the sugars been consumed when it's time inoculate the soils. I am going to have to add that to the recipe and adjust molasses dosing apropriately.solid7 said:
The only thing about molasses... It's OK for brewing tea - but like people, microbes go for easy (possibly delicious) carbs. We really want to make sure that we don't just dump molasses into the ground, because we want our microbes to break down what's in the soil, and not just binge on empty calories. Ideally, you want all of your molasses to be consumed in the brew. So, I'd recommend not to go molasses crazy. Use just what you need to brew the tea, but let the tea do its job in the ground.
Your beneficials WILL take the path of least resistance.
CAPCOM said:Have all the sugars been consumed when it's time inoculate the soils. I am going to have to add that to the recipe and adjust molasses dosing apropriately.
Maybe, maybe not. One could go crazy with tests to figure this out. But my main point was, get the tea brewed ASAP, and let the food source in the AACT taper off, so that the microbes get started right away, on the job they were bred for. (once in the ground)
Not really too much of an issue to find out how much sugar is still available in the tea, and probably not critical either. But just nice to know maybe. No sense in using more components then you have to to accomplish the same thing. And as stated. I want the little critters to go to work immediately.
You're right about putting them to work right away. As you stated, an accurate count not critical at all, but I am all for efficiency in application. If you've got the means to find the sugar count, then for sure...
I'm guessing that you're a hobby brewer?
CAPCOM said:Not a brewer, just really digging in this year to growing peppers.
Hopefully the end results will be in the photos on my Glog.
ShowMeDaSauce said:Molasses is not just for the bacteria. Its also a reasonably good source of plant nutrients. Adding an additional tbs per gallon wont add much carbs. That is all i add to the tea when its started. During application i sometimes add fish emulsion at half strength too. Depending on how much rain we had, container or ground and the last time i used any fertilizer.
Those nutrients aren't available, though, until the bacteria munch them. (which is what is happening in your tea) Again, back to the notion of feeding the microbes, not the plant. And if you're using fish emulsion in your tea, there is no reason to add extra molasses to the soil, because that's already going to be additional microbe food.
Your call, of course. Just saying that the molasses isn't going to be much of a direct benefit, and you hopefully have plenty of organic matter in your mix or soil for the microbes to be working on.
I was good up to this point...CAPCOM said:15 gals RO water
6 cups worm castings
6 tbs hi brix molasses
But what is this?CAPCOM said:1tbs persephone's palette
1 tbs aphrodites