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Compost Tea Brewer: affordable & DIY  RSS feed

 
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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.
 
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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.

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