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Re: Compost Tea Maker

Post  Zmoore on 5/16/2016, 1:25 pm

has55 wrote:Thanks for sharing your thoughts. On the weather side,"Everytime I try to make a batch of tea the weather get frigid...hopefully next week." 
your bouncing between warm and cold. We're bouncing between warm and getting to hot 90's
No luck and I'm not in market to make a new one since I just spent money to make the one I have.  Next time though Wink  I do like the set up.

Try searching "Aquarium plastic air diffuser" (i.e. add aquarium to the search).  I did and I saw some stuff that may be close, but you do have to sift through a lot of "stones" as you're looking.  OH!  once you search with "aquarium", go to the "images of" option on the search results.  

As Jimmy said I think it still uses a 2 output air pump, just tee the two lines together and then you'll need some fittings to adapt to a larger pvc pipe (1/2"?)  then probably some fittings on the other end as well.  

Hmmm, I wonder if the single air input air valve could just be run directly through the larger pvc as a conduit and then hook directly to the diffuser?
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Post  has55 on 5/16/2016, 4:01 pm

Zmoore wrote:
has55 wrote:Thanks for sharing your thoughts. On the weather side,"Everytime I try to make a batch of tea the weather get frigid...hopefully next week." 
your bouncing between warm and cold. We're bouncing between warm and getting to hot 90's
No luck and I'm not in market to make a new one since I just spent money to make the one I have.  Next time though Wink  I do like the set up.

Try searching "Aquarium plastic air diffuser" (i.e. add aquarium to the search).  I did and I saw some stuff that may be close, but you do have to sift through a lot of "stones" as you're looking.  OH!  once you search with "aquarium", go to the "images of" option on the search results.  

As Jimmy said I think it still uses a 2 output air pump, just tee the two lines together and then you'll need some fittings to adapt to a larger pvc pipe (1/2"?)  then probably some fittings on the other end as well.  

Hmmm, I wonder if the single air input air valve could just be run directly through the larger pvc as a conduit and then hook directly to the diffuser?
I tried that search and found things that were close , but not that item, which I was surprised.
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Post  Zmoore on 5/17/2016, 9:47 am

@has55

Well, I haven't given up, but I haven't found exactly that piece yet, plastic diffuser.  I copied and pasted couple websites I tried that I thought I was getting close,  looks like the image didn't paste in.  
Anyway, the first one I found said it was rubber, not plastic, but the diameter and length seemed close, hard to really tell from the pictures the size, but I'm guessing about 1" diameter.  That second website below had some plastic porous tubing, but it came in 4' lengths and was pricey.   

http://www.jehmco.com/html/air_diffusers.html
ADRS4
1 1/4” diameter x 4” long,
w/ 3/16, 1/4” and 1/2 tubing connectors
$5.50
 

http://pentairaes.com/aeration/air-diffusers/show/all
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Post  has55 on 5/18/2016, 6:08 am

Zmoore, you found it!. it's  the item#RGES-1/2, Exhaust Silencer / Air Diffuser, 1/2” NPT on the http://www.jehmco.com/html/air_diffusers.html  website. cost 6.75. it's at the bottom of the webpage under "Threaded Bleed Exhaust or Air Diffusers: ".
I contacted the company at bountea and they would sale on for 20.00
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Post  Zmoore on 5/19/2016, 7:16 am

Awesome!
Keep us posted on putting it all together and then in the future if I decide to "upgrade" my set up hopefully I can find this thread again to help put it all together.
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Post  has55 on 5/19/2016, 10:29 am

on page 315,Ibook, I noticed jeff prefers unstrained compost tea. The next paragraph shows a strain method, but he write toward open air method, instead of enclosing the compost. of course either way will work.

“Using a bit of duct tape, we tape the air stone or soaker hose to the bottom of the bucket, then connect the tubing and run it out of the bucket to the pump. If you want to have a really good-looking system, you can buy a small rubber grommet designed to be placed inside of the bucket wall so that you can thread the air tubing through it without having liquid leak out. If you put this low enough on the bucket wall, or even in the bottom of the bucket, it is easier to keep whatever you use to create bubbles down on the bottom of the bucket.
Some people put their compost in a porous bag before they put it into the tea brewer rather than allowing it to mix freely in the water. This eliminates the need to strain tea before you apply it, which you will have to do if you are going to use the tea in any garden sprayer (if you are only going to use tea as a soil drench, straining is not a problem). A pair of large-sized pantyhose works well as such a “compost sock.” We’ll save[…]”

Excerpt From: Wayne Lewis & Jeff Lowenfels. “Teaming with Microbes.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/jutHG.l
Jimmy Cee, i put up some more pictures of the bountea method. The do use a 2 tubing method ,but have it come out one air diffuser. I update if I can make one. I have plenty of aquarium pump. They are so cheap. That's a blessing.

two tubing set-up, one threaded air diffuser




both tubing inserted in the two outlet on the pump



Top view -the aerator is able to sit all the way to the bottom of the pail. Your set up does this.


side view




with the net on top of aerator 



with the aerator inside the net
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Post  has55 on 5/23/2016, 10:14 pm

way out my reach price wise. But it allow for ideas of how to make at home.
Compost Tea System10™



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Post  has55 on 5/24/2016, 2:19 am

this site has tons of screens,plastic or stainless steel. if you just want a way to put your compost in and simply bring it out and clean without the mess. 400 micron is the recognized size. Just some more ideas.

Utah Biodiesel Supply

another site-

5 GALLON BUCKET FILTER STAINLESS STEEL BASKET FILTER STRAINER SIFTER 400 MICRON
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/24/2016, 6:55 am

has55
your idea for the window screening has sparked a keen interest in my mind.
Using a container of any given size, one can form the screen , then sew it together with a nylon fishing line. Lots of good ideas are popping up..
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Post  has55 on 5/24/2016, 9:33 am

jimmy cee wrote:has55
your idea for the window screening has sparked a keen interest in my mind.
Using a container of any given size, one can form the screen , then sew it together with a nylon fishing line. Lots of good ideas are popping up..
when you say sewing, do you mean weaving?
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/24/2016, 10:25 pm

has55 wrote:
jimmy cee wrote:has55
your idea for the window screening has sparked a keen interest in my mind.
Using a container of any given size, one can form the screen , then sew it together with a nylon fishing line. Lots of good ideas are popping up..
when you say sewing, do you mean weaving?
 Not weaving, sewing to pieces together using momo instead of thread.
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Post  has55 on 5/25/2016, 10:10 am

I don't fish, so bare with me. What is "MOMO"?
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/25/2016, 10:02 pm

has55 wrote:I don't fish, so bare with me. What is "MOMO"?
That should have been Mono...short for monofilament fishing line.
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