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Finished my compost tea brewer  RSS feed

 
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Finished my vortex compost tea brewer and it is completing its maiden voyage. 
It holds around 24 to 25 gallons so I can use the recipes found here by using half quantities of measure. 
For this run I used a commercial vermicompost but also added natural soil found in the woods next door.

The intent is for my fruit trees and bushes so I used the fungi mix and added some mycogrow from Fungiperfecti.

I will eventually get a good microscope so I can know what I am really producing.   Right now it is see if I can do something good.

I thank the folks here for guidance and advice.
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Barrel ready to go
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Large Air Pump required
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Tea is almost ready
 
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I used espoma rock phosphate which is pelletized. Does this need to be ground before use?  I will keep looking for the Tennessee Brown Rock Phosphate but only find it by mail and shipping can be expensive.
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Looks pretty cool Dennis! Would you explain what exactly we are seeing? I have never done this before and was wondering how this works exactly?
 
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Sure.  It is an airlift vortex brewer. 
I found a 5 way (inch and half) PVC connector which is held in place in the bottom of the barrel with a uniseal. There are four pipes that go out from the bottom and up into the top of the barrel which creates a vortex inside. The vortex is created by air that is forced inside each vertical pipe.  The air hoses exit at the bottom of each vertical pipe and as it displaces water through the air bubbles it brings in water from the bottom.  This the airlift portion It works really good but I had to get a large air pump to make it work (Ecoplus Commercial Air 7 - 3566 gph air output. 
It produces a very nice vortex.  Now I have to perfect my compost tea recipes.
 
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Search this composting forum for compost tea and tea brewing. 
Learn from the people I am following.  They know much more than I do. 
I enjoy building things like this, so this was fun and educational. 
 
 
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