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Building a large scale IBC compost tea brewer

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by davidgsmit, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  2. oqueoque

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    Have you used, or do you know anyone, who has used Tim Wilson's Poorboy Microbulator?
     
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  3. phasthound

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    Yes, that was one of the brewers I used. Innovative design, worked well, relatively easy to clean. I liked it a lot. Tim provided a very comprehensive CD with instructions on assembly, recipes and cleaning instructions. He also used to sell microscopes and an instructive CD to help you identify microbes.
     
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  4. davidgsmit

    davidgsmit LawnSite Member
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    Glad to see you reference this page as that's exactly where I started this project months ago! I found it to be a great resource but lost track of it so it was nice to read it again. Turns out I nailed everything other than the amount of compost; i used a little over half of his recommendation. I will pick up a microscope and check my work! Thanks
     
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  5. phasthound

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    See if you can contact Tim. He can give you recommendations for a good scope and was always willing to help. There was a chat room for AACT but I haven't been on it in years.
     
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  6. WIgolfsuper

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    We have a 450 gallon brewer we made and it works great. I have some pics on my other phone that I will up load. Really a cool sight to see it working. About 25 ft tall. Also, our air circulation pump was $1200 and has an amazing amount of CFM for a pump the size of a 12 pack.
     
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  7. phasthound

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    Nice! That's a lot of tea, what are you applying it on...turf, crops?
     
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  8. WIgolfsuper

    WIgolfsuper LawnSite Member
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    We use it in our 3rd and 5th rounds on residential turf. We sell it as an organic based application. Ton of beneficial bacteria in there for the soil. We hand a bag about half way down the tank. It's filled with 2/3 full with compost and topped off with dried kelp. Then we finish it off with a quart of molasses of feed the newly formed bacteria and 6 lbs of wettable powder iron. We us this in hottest part of the season for use and as a winterizer application. We make just under 20,000 gallons a year.
     
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  9. phasthound

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    Sounds great. Do you use a microscope to check out the microbes?
    I also added humates for 2 reasons; it instantly neutralized chlorinated water and it encourages fungal growth.
     

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