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Post  jimmy cee on 7/18/2016, 10:48 pm

about half gallon of compost....2 tablespoons of molasses, 1 banana peel and 2 days of aeration..mixed it 50 / 50 .

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/19/2016, 7:19 am

How can you tell, Jimmy?

This is one of the things I want to do, but need more info. (I know, I know - read the books! lol...)
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/19/2016, 8:19 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:How can you tell, Jimmy?  

This is one of the things I want to do, but need more info.  (I know, I know - read the books!  lol...)
Foam on top indicates good amount of fungi... fungi doesn't multiply as bacteria does in the tea, fungi just grows larger.
When added to plant soil, tea seeps down and forms a symbiotic relationship with root systems. Fungi gives plant roots what they otherwise cannot access and in  turn plants roots provides fungi the carbon needed to exist. 

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/20/2016, 7:47 am

So bubbles = better... Got it! Thanks.
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/21/2016, 8:35 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:So bubbles = better...  Got it!  Thanks.
Bubbles should not be violent, they should be plentiful and gentle, fungi are very delicate, easy to destroy.
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Post  dstack on 8/28/2016, 9:19 pm

Jimmy, what sized pump do you recommend?  And how long do you brew your CT?  I love the bag idea!  My CT kept clogging up my applicator since it was a loose brew.
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/29/2016, 7:36 am

@dstack wrote:Jimmy, what sized pump do you recommend?  And how long do you brew your CT?  I love the bag idea!  My CT kept clogging up my applicator since it was a loose brew.

I tried nylon stockings that worked fine, however I thought maybe it was to tight to allow microbes, or all of them through. What I am using now and highly recommend it are the 1 gall paint filters from Lowes. It's a one gallon bad with a larger mesh, holds just about everything in...I keep it suspended while tea is brewing, when done I add it to some new trees recently planted. any cheap pump from fish section at Walmart is good for me. I will use 2 maybe 3 with $1.25  aeration stones on the end. Walmart has them with protective frames.. fancy aquarium stones break easy, are much more expensive. That tea works like I never would have believed..I tried it on half of my peppers and noticed the difference in 3-4 days.
To add to plants, just a simple 1 or 2 gallon can with a spray nozzle on the end..or an open nozzle for soil drenching..remember, you cannot overdo compost tea. doesn't burn or harm anything, just keeps building microbe activity.
Brewing time ? I try for 36 hours, sometimes it's longer...microbes will destroy each other if gone to long. At the very least I would say 24 hours and watch those temps...may get high where you are..you might need to cool it down...out of the sun, rays destroys microbes...apply when sun isn't high, although you can do a soild drenching as long as plants are shading soil.
And do not allow that slime to harden, keep everything cleaned between brews...I use an old snow brush, bet you don't have one..
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Post  dstack on 8/29/2016, 10:30 am

Thanks for all of that information Jimmy!  You gave me a lot to consider.
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Post  dstack on 9/3/2016, 10:30 am

I got the pump system, and it's been brewing for about 16 hours. 
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/3/2016, 11:27 am

looks great, did you add 2 tablespoons of unsulphered molasses ? ..and if you have 2 cups or more of compost add more water.
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Post  dstack on 9/3/2016, 11:40 am

@jimmy cee wrote:looks great, did you add 2 tablespoons of unsulphered molasses ? ..and if you have 2 cups or more of compost add more water.
I was just on my way to buy molasses. And I've heard about using indulphured M, but my soil could use more acidic pH. Is there any other reason not to use sulphured m?

And yes, I will need to add more water.  Very Happy
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Post  dstack on 9/3/2016, 12:26 pm

I found my answer in this article I found in this forum...
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/milk-and-molasses-magic-zbcz1402.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=GFSS%20eNews&utm_campaign=03.07.14%20GFSS

It sounds like the unsulphured blackstrap molasses offers more nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium. So that's what I got.
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Post  MrBooker on 9/4/2016, 6:19 am

@jimmy cee wrote:about half gallon of compost....2 tablespoons of molasses, 1 banana peel and 2 days of aeration..mixed it 50 / 50 .

Jimmy. Thanks for the tip on the banana peel. For me, it worked better than the molasses.  I seem to get a better and faster froth.
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Post  dstack on 11/4/2016, 11:12 am

Hey Jimmy, (or anyone)...

I'm about to start my first fungal dominated tea using products from Bountea.  I've inoculated the hummus soil yesterday, and after 48 hours I'll start the brew.  My question wouldn't it be a waist to use it as a foliar spray?  I normally do both spray and drench with bacteria based CT.
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Post  jimmy cee on 11/4/2016, 11:15 pm

@dstack wrote:Hey Jimmy, (or anyone)...

I'm about to start my first fungal dominated tea using products from Bountea.  I've inoculated the hummus soil yesterday, and after 48 hours I'll start the brew.  My question wouldn't it be a waist to use it as a foliar spray?  I normally do both spray and drench with bacteria based CT.
 
Not if I read it correctly, and I do read incorrectly lots.  Fungi, along with bacteria take up residence on leaves preventing other undesirable elements to dwell there. Fungi are very delicate according to Microbe book., even bubbles that are to rough can do them in. Fungi doesn't increase as in bacteria, it just grows larger.
I started my first batch of fungal tea by placing about 1/2 gallon of compost in a container, then adding baby oatmeal, apple peels, grapes, etc. I closed the lid and stored it in a dark place, then forgot about it...LOL...A week later I remembered and it was thick with mycellium...I just added to some rain water, seemed to come out nicely, I used it...Now the real sure thing to do is view with a microscope...now that would be interesting...
Remember, fungi dominated is best for soft trees, shrubs, etc. Great for plants also, maybe do a 50/50 foliar/ drenching.
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Post  dstack on 11/5/2016, 8:23 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
@dstack wrote:Hey Jimmy, (or anyone)...

I'm about to start my first fungal dominated tea ...
...Remember, fungi dominated is best for soft trees, shrubs, etc. Great for plants also, maybe do a 50/50 foliar/ drenching.
Thanks Jimmy.  I'll try that.
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