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Post  dstack on Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:33 pm

I've been learning about organic gardening from YouTube vloggers, and although I've heard about compost tea for years, I only recently watched demonstrations using different techniques.  Today I made my first batch without a pump.  I plan to get a pump soon, but I used the technique of stirring it really well every 20 minutes for several hours, as seen in this method...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV_tgDtQyWg

Besides my own compost, I included bat guano, Azomite (rock dust minerals) humic acid and mycorrhizae fungi from Rainbow Mix Grow.  I would have used worm castings, but my small local store that I like to support didn't have it in stock. Instead they had a great deal on bat guano.  

The guy in this video, John Evans, in Alaska, is who inspired me to give this a try making my first batch...

http://www.bountea.com/about-us/the-secret/  

Do you use molasses, and if not, what do you use for a sugar?  Next time I'll want to use molasses or something.  

SIDE NOTE: The two video links I posted are not vloggers who've I normally follow.  I've been following Jake Mace, the "Vegan Athlete" near Phoenix, who grows almost all his own food, and he's only 34 years old.  I'm also following John, from GrowYourGreens.com, and the MIGardener.  I'm always learning something new!  I LOVE it!   cheers
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Post  sanderson on Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:58 am

Have you also read the threads regarding compost tea on this Forum? There are so many different thoughts and methods. One recently posted report stated not to add molasses. Others say yes. I make mine just stirring throughout the day - gently. Apparently we are suppose to gently dislodge the microbes from the solids. Let us know how your use of tea works. Also, adding anything granular those doesn't dissolve completely can clog the applicator. Ask me how I know! Embarassed

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Post  MrBooker on Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:34 am

@sanderson wrote:Have you also read the threads regarding compost tea on this Forum?  There are so many different thoughts and methods.  One recently posted report stated not to add molasses.  Others say yes.  I make mine just stirring throughout the day - gently.  Apparently we are suppose to gently dislodge the microbes from the solids.  Let us know how your use of tea works.  Also, adding anything granular those doesn't dissolve completely can clog the applicator.  Ask me how I know! Embarassed
I just read this article on adding molasses to compost tea:
 
"NOTE: Adding a sugar source will increase beneficial microorganisms but it will also increase any harmful pathogenic microbes as well. If you suspect your worm compost contains harmful microbes, do not add molasses".

Heres the website.
http://www.wormcompostinghq.com/how-to-use-worm-compost/how-to-make-compost-tea-with-worm-castings

 Sometimes my aerated vermicompost tea looks really good with a huge froth on top and sometimes no froth at all and I use molasses also. I have also tried your method and it seems to work just as well.

This week, I'm going to try a few buckets without molasses.
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Post  dstack on Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:47 am

@sanderson wrote:Have you also read the threads regarding compost tea on this Forum?  There are so many different thoughts and methods.  One recently posted report stated not to add molasses.  Others say yes.  I make mine just stirring throughout the day - gently.  Apparently we are suppose to gently dislodge the microbes from the solids.  Let us know how your use of tea works.  Also, adding anything granular those doesn't dissolve completely can clog the applicator.  Ask me how I know! Embarassed
The water can was my applicator, and yes it kept clogging,. So sometimes I poured it out the top. I figured it was my compost that was clogging it.  I'll read some of the other threads on CT.  Very Happy
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Post  dstack on Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:02 am

@MrBooker wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Have you also read the threads regarding compost tea on this Forum?  There are so many different thoughts and methods.  One recently posted report stated not to add molasses.  Others say yes.  I make mine just stirring throughout the day - gently.  Apparently we are suppose to gently dislodge the microbes from the solids.  Let us know how your use of tea works.  Also, adding anything granular those doesn't dissolve completely can clog the applicator.  Ask me how I know! Embarassed
I just read this article on adding molasses to compost tea:
 
"NOTE: Adding a sugar source will increase beneficial microorganisms but it will also increase any harmful pathogenic microbes as well. If you suspect your worm compost contains harmful microbes, do not add molasses".

Heres the website.
http://www.wormcompostinghq.com/how-to-use-worm-compost/how-to-make-compost-tea-with-worm-castings

 Sometimes my aerated vermicompost tea looks really good with a huge froth on top and sometimes no froth at all and I use molasses also. I have also tried your method and it seems to work just as well.

This week, I'm going to try a few buckets without molasses.
That's good to know about the molasses. So I would think that you should only use it with a pump, or be strict about stirring it often to minimize the anaerobic bacteria.
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Post  jimmy cee on Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:39 pm

I wouldn't try making CT with out aeration. just a cheap fish tank pump and a dollar aerator stone is what I finally decided to use. As usual I went for that more expensive junk... It worked great until the cleaning was needed.
Plenty of gentle aeration is needed to eliminate anaerobic conditions. And from what I have read about , I don't want anything to do with that stuff.
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