Win a copy of Straw Bale Building Details this week in the Straw Bale House forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Anne Miller
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
stewards:
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Dave Burton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Mike Barkley
  • Shawn Klassen-Koop
  • Pearl Sutton

Compost Tea Brewer: affordable & DIY  RSS feed

 
pollinator
Posts: 258
Location: wanderer
70
bike fungi tiny house
  • Likes 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
So I just built a compost tea brewer for my roommates & I. I spent a lot of time researching how to build it, not very much time & money putting it together, & a lot of time putting together a pretty comprehensive email explaining to my housemates how to use it & why. Since I spent a lot of time on an information-dense email I shared with just a small handful of people, I figured it would be more impactful if I also made it a permies.com post!

BUILDING THE COMPOST TEA BREWER:
This is the main video I used to build the 5 gallon bucket compost tea brewer (after watching a lot): How to make a compost tea brewer for under $30, by pnwgardening

This is another similar 2-part video that explains how I built & how to use the 5 gallon bucket compost tea brewer:
Cheap DIY Compost Tea Brewer (under $30) 1/2 & Cheap DIY Compost Tea Brewer (under $30) 2/2, by Garden Frugal

REMOVING CHLORINE FROM TAP WATER:
This video explains how to remove chlorine from tap water using a 5 gallon bucket bubbler. Conclusion: tap water probably needs to bubble for at least 6 hours, but 24 hours is best according to this video: Chlorine & Chloramine Removal For Compost Tea, by Tea LAB

BREWING COMPOST TEA:
This video shows how to fill the your bag with beneficial microorganisms (compost) & breed them up. Conclusion: he suggests brewing tea for 12 hours, though we may need to experiment with different lengths with our (various) compost(s): How to Brew Compost Tea in a 5 Gallon Bucket to Enrich Your Garden, by Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens.

   That last video references the book Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web.

RESEARCH COMPOST TEA IN DEPTH:
If you really want to travel deep into the compost tea world, I highly recommend studying Dr. Elaine Ingham who pretty much pioneered the modern bubbled compost tea process & is constantly doing research to improve it:

Dr. Elaine Ingham video search results,

Dr. Elaine Ingham's website: SoilFoodWeb.com,

Dr. Elaine Ingham on wikipedia: definitely check out the publications, references, & external links on her Wikipedia page, loads of good stuff.


We're currently bubbling up our first test batch of compost tea & I'd love to see it working awesome. I'm open to any & all constructive criticism from you permies on this build to possibly improve it even more.
 
gardener
Posts: 5719
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
810
books chicken dog duck fish forest garden fungi homestead hugelkultur hunting pig
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
hau Loxley, welcome to the wonderful world of microorganisms and compost teas. (your going to love the results)

Dr. Ingham is one of the foremost pioneers of this movement.

Redhawk
 
Loxley Clovis
pollinator
Posts: 258
Location: wanderer
70
bike fungi tiny house
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
An update for those interested: Bryant RedHawk was absolutely right! I am loving these results. After gardening for years, then suddenly applying this simple homemade brew, my plants are at least 3 times as large & all the leaves look much healthier in general. I did not do a control to find out if it was the evaporation of the chlorine in the water, or the just bubbled healthy soil that's giving me these results. But I imagine it's both.
Thank you to everyone who creates online blogs & online video content about how to DIY all this stuff. This was the best $40 I've ever spent for my garden!
 
pollinator
Posts: 348
50
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
yay for more compost teas! They are the best and cheapest way to kick start a garden growing. I just turned a good friend of mine on to one of my favorite recipes for tea (he is an avid composter and compost tea user) and he hit me up the next day just amazed at the difference he saw with one application. You guys might like it too

For a 5 gallon bucket of dechlorinated water (rainwater works best) add:
1 Cup (or handfull) of bokashi
1 Cup (or handfull) of worm castings
1/2 Cup (or about a handfull) of insect frass

aerate for between 2 and 18 hours. Remove the bag and, my preference, spray with a pump sprayer over the entire garden area, on all the leaves and stems you can. Or you can water it in directly. I always try for doing it in the evening and then the excess with drip down into the soil, but it makes for some happy happy plants.
 
Loxley Clovis
pollinator
Posts: 258
Location: wanderer
70
bike fungi tiny house
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

stephen lowe wrote:
For a 5 gallon bucket of dechlorinated water (rainwater works best) add:
1 Cup (or handfull) of bokashi
1 Cup (or handfull) of worm castings
1/2 Cup (or about a handfull) of insect frass


Thanks for the recipe stephen. And for clarity, you are talking about adding the bokashi inoculum to the tea, right?
Not "bokashi-fermented" food scraps?
 
Posts: 24
8
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thank you for this thread, we're building one this weekend for my mothers day present! :)
 
Loxley Clovis
pollinator
Posts: 258
Location: wanderer
70
bike fungi tiny house
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Heather Ulrich wrote:Thank you for this thread, we're building one this weekend for my mothers day present! :)


You are very welcome. Let us know how it goes. :-)
COMPOST-tea_brewer-_MotherEarthNews.com.jpg
[Thumbnail for COMPOST-tea_brewer-_MotherEarthNews.com.jpg]
compost tea brewer, MotherEarthNews.com
 
F is for finger. Can you stick your finger in your nose? Doesn't that feel nice? Now try this tiny ad:
177 hours of video: the 2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course
https://permies.com/wiki/65386/hours-video-Permaculture-Design-Technology
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!